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Lace up your boots and sample the finest backpacking trails the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area has to offer. Breathtaking scenery and a variety of challenges and elevations await in this rugged, 393,000-acre region at the southern margin of the North Cascades. Select an easy, two-day scenic hike along a segment of the old Cascade Crest Trail to Dutch Miller Gap, or a quiet, three-day forest trek up French Creek, with a side trip to Klonaqua Lakes with views of subalpine meadows and forest below snowy granite peaks and ridges.
Inside you'll find: up-to-date trail information; accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails; difficulty ratings for each hike; optional side trips; zero-impact hiking and camping tips.
Jeff Smoot is a climber, hiker, and author based in Seattle, Washington. His other books include Hiking Washington's Alpine Lakes: Day Hikes and Easy Overnights, Adventure Guide to Mount Rainier,Rock Climbing Washington, and Climbing Washington's Mountains.