Spade Lake Trail #1337

Area Status: Not Cleared

This trail is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It begins at the Pacific Crest Trail near Waptus Lake and leads northwest to Spade and Venus Lakes.

From the Waptus River Trail 1310 just above Waptus Lake, the trail heads straight uphill through old-growth forest. Past its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail, the trail gets fairly steep. At approximately 1.25 miles, the trail becomes less steep as it heads northwest along the mountainside and passes through several meadows and belts of smaller trees. The trail then enters a relatively open area with good views of the surrounding mountains and Spade Creek far below. As it approaches the lake, the trail crosses some talus slopes and passes over small bluffs before entering scattered trees and meadows. Near the lakeshore, the trail splits, with a user built section heading off to the left to some scattered campsites on the bluffs. The main trail heads to the right and goes up and down some steep bluffs as it skirts the east shore of Spade Lake. It soon becomes narrower and fades out into a network of user paths to the shore and various old camping spots.

Due to the fragility of this high altitude area, it is recommended that people camp away from the lake and avoid meadows and other sensitive areas. Water is available at a couple of small streams and at the lake. Campfires are prohibited in this and all areas above 5000 feet elevation in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day or Recreation Pass rerquired at Waptus River trailhead. Day Passes available at the trailhead. Discover Pass not valid on National Forest land.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and available at trailheads.
Best Season: Summer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Hiker only. Wilderness regulations apply See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File)
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, WA
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Information Center: Cle Elum Ranger District, (509) 852-1100

General Information


Trail can be accessed from either Waptus River Trail 1310 or from the Pacific Crest Trail above Waptus Lake. See: 



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