Lake Juanita Trail
Lake Juanita lies in a larch-dotted basin between Purple and War Creek Passes. At over 6,600' elevation (2010 m), it is not a casual hike by any approach route, but offers days of exploring in several directions for backpackers.
The trail begins near the Golden West Visitor Center (1,200' or 370 m) and ascends the Purple Creek drainage for the first two miles (3 km). After crossing the creek, the trail ascends toward Hazard Creek, with steep switchbacks for a total of 7.8 miles (12.6 km) to Purple Pass (6,884' or 2098 m). It is a hot, dry trail in late season and hikers and stock parties should carry water. The reward is a magnificent view of Lake Chelan thousands of feet below and peaks beyond lining the horizon. It is about .7 miles (1.1 km) to Lake Juanita and campsites. The total distance from Stehekin is 8.5 miles (13.7 km).
From Twisp River Road
Dynamic rock peaks and spectacular views await following these hefty ascents. Afternoon lightning storms are not uncommon during the hot summer months, especially east of the Cascade Crest. Visitors should be aware of the changing sky, note the building of cumuli, and plan to be clear of summits and high, exposed ridge points during these storms.
Hiking from Lake Juanita towards Purple Pass, you will find the .5 mile cutoff trail to Boulder Butte. Site of a former lookout tower, the Butte is a tremendous vantage point for views in all directions.
Information and permits are available from the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount (360-873-4500 ext. 39), the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin (360-857-5700 ext. 340 then 14) and the Methow Valley Visitor Center in Winthrop (509-996-4000). A permit (no charge) is required for all stays in the National Park Service Complex backcountry. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at Forest Service trailheads. Washington State hunting and fishing regulations apply. Rangers have maps and current information to assist you in planning a safe, fun trip.
For Additional Information Contact:
Cascades National Park
For more information visit the National Park Service website