This is a part two follow-up to last week’s post Washington State Hiking and Mountaineering Challenges, where I listed 8 Washington State Peak Lists to consider as fun outdoor challenges. This week I’m outlining some lake challenges. Get out there in 2016 and get your challenge on!

I love hiking challenges! I find them a fun, motivating way to explore new areas. Granted, I don’t need much motivation to get out and I’m sure most of you don’t either, but there’s something extra special to me about checking off a list. If you don’t find yourself a typical “peakbagger”, here are some great Washington State lake hiking challenges. I’ve also provided links to the relevant WTA trip report pages that offer additional trail information.

The awesome thing about hiking to lakes? They’re a great destination when higher peaks are snowed in or the weather isn’t optimal and in the summer there’s nothing better than taking a plunge! I’ve even hiked to an alpine lake with a $9.99 Walgreens blow-up raft. YES!

The Olympia branch of the Mountaineers offers pins for the completion of the following lake lists (one pin for completing 12 of the 15 in each area). Check the Mountaineers Awards page for more information or tick off the lists on your own.

Happy hiking!!

Alpine Lakes

Lake Green Trails Map #
Alaska Lake 207
Angeline Lake 175, 176
Lake Caroline 209S
Ethel 145, 177
Gallagher 209
Ingalls 209
Jade 175, 176
Josephine 176
Larch (Chiwaukum) 177, 178
Malachite 175, 176
Spectacle 207, 208
Surprise 176
Susan Jane 176
Tuck 176
Turquoise 176, 177
Beautiful Blanca Lake in the North Cascades
Beautiful Blanca Lake in the North Cascades

North Cascades Lakes

Lake Green Trails Map #
Blanca 143
Boulder 143
Crystal 111
Cutthroat 110, 142
Goat 111
Greider 142
Heather 144
Merritt 145
Minotaur 144
North 110
Peek a Boo 111
Round 111
Silver 143
Twin 143
Valhalla 144

Olympic Lakes

Lake Green Trails Map #
Black/White 167
Buckhorn 136
Constance 136, 168
Deer 133, 134
Elk (Hoh River) 133, 134
Flapjack 167
Grand 135
Hart 166, 167
Hoh 133, 134
Marmot 166, 167
Mildred 167
Moose 135
Royal 136
Sundown 166, 167, 199
Upper Lena 168

South Cascades Lakes

Lake Green Trails Map #
Badger 333
Blankenship 303
Cultus 365, 366
Fish 271, 303
Goat 269
Jug 303
Lily 302
Lost 303
Packwood 302
Pear, Apple 303
Penoyer 303
Sheep 335
Shoe 303
Twin Sisters 271, 303
Wapiki 365, 366

 

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