Cathedral Pass Trail #1345

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Cathedral Pass Trail begins at Forest Service Road 4330 and ends at Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000. Trail accesses the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. This is a major access route to abundant backpacking destinations in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

SETTING: River valley, old-growth forest, lake, meadows, ridgetop.

The trail climbs a series of switchbacks through old growth forest to Squaw lake, through subalpine meadows, along ponds, and finally to great views at Cathedral Pass. The trail meets the Trail Creek Trail #1322 at the two mile point, and the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 in a little more than four miles. Continue uphill on the PCT 1/4 mile to Cathedral Pass.

At a Glance

Fees $5/Vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass required at trailhead.
Permit Info: Self-issue Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required for travel in ALW and available at Trailhead.
Open Season: summer - fall
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Mountain bike and motorized use prohibited.  All other Alpine Lakes Wilderness regulations apply.  Read bulletin board.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum/Roslyn
Passes: $5/Vehicle/day or Northwest Forest Pass required at trailhead.

General Information


Facilities include parking, toilet, and a few campsites.


From Cle Elum and/or Roslyn, take state highway 903 north to Salmon La Sac and then take a right on Fish Lake Road 4330. Follow the road up-valley to its end. The Cathedral Pass trailhead is to the left.



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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

A day ride to Cathedral Pass is very challenging with steep exposed trail. 

Opportunities for horsepacking exist in several directions.  Spinola Meadows has good existing horsecamps.  Camps are also found in Trail Creek, Deer Lakes, and at a historic camp 1/2 mile below Michael Lake.  Camp in existing well used horsecamps.  Overnight hitching directly to trees is prohibited.  Use highline, pickets, or electric fencing.  Pack processed (pellets) feed.  

Campfires prohibited within 1/2 mile of Deep Lake and everywhere above 5000 feet. 

Difficulty Level: Difficult