You can either continue on the Chewuch River trail to Remmel Lake or take the Lesamiz trail to the upper Cathedral Lakes basin and Ampitheatre Mountain. Cathedral Lakes - Key Facts. To continue your loop, the Boundary trail heading east continues on a high traverse through open terrain in this area, passing through aptly named Apex Pass, at 7800 feet, the highest point of this hike. This loop is over 50 miles and starts from the Cathedral Driveway Trailhead, accessed from the Toats Coulee Road out of Loomis. This may be a bit of a "slog" but is definitely worth the extra effort. I love hiking in the Pasayten. The still evening waters of the lake reflect the scenes well. Hike by WTA Community: Location: Yosemite National Park Trailhead: Tuolumne Meadows, elevation 8,565 feet Highest point on the trail to the lower lake: 9,565 feet Lower Cathedral Lake elevation: 9,288 feet Upper Cathedral Lake elevation: 9,685 feet Elevation Gain: lower lake 1,000 feet, upper lake 1,120 feet Hiking Distance: lower lake 3.5 miles, Windy Peak, Horseshoe Basin, Cathedral Loop. Lower Cathedral Lake is a lake in Okanogan National Forest, Pasayten Wilderness, WA. From Winthrop, drive 23 miles up the Chewack River Road to the Andrews Creek trail or go further to Thirtymile Trailhead at 29 miles. Seattle, WA 98104. ... Next was Cathedral Pass at 7,400. This is a difficult loop trail to Cathedral Pass in Pasayten Wilderness. The shortest route to get Cathedral Lakes (not coming from Canada) is roughly 19 miles. In fall, the larches turn color and the area becomes bright gold. The trail climbs steadily to Upper Cathedral Lakes. It’s a gentle and stark beginning to a long trek. )As you continue higher on the Lesamiz trail, views of Remmel Mountain to the south and Cathedral Peak and Amphitheatre Mountain to the north make excellent alpenglow viewing and provide beautiful photo opportunities. The Park’s Core Area is only accessible by hiking routes from the Ashnola River corridor or, by a private jeep service, operated by Cathedral Lakes Resort. Pasayten Wilderness lollipop loop to the boundary area. The Cathedral Lakes cut off, marked with a wooden sign, is 14 km up this road at the 1798 metre elevation level. Take the Lesamiz trail if you are doing the Cathedral Pass Loop.In a mile or two, you'll reach another junction with the Remmel Lake cutoff trail. My original plan was to meet my friend Laurel in Winthrop after completing Devils Dome, then head out for a 45 mile backpack through the Cathedral Pass area further east. Located in the Pasayten Wilderness and surrounded by Amphitheater Mountain and Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Lakes are a great destination for a multi-day backpacking trip. Stop at Lower Cathedral Lake and sit on the granite banks enjoying the tranquil waters before heading up the trail to the truly epic view of Upper Cathedral Lake. Photo by Alex Maier. Landmarks such as Midnight Mountain, Abernathy Ridge, … Andrews Creek was burned and closed for many years but it is the quickest. Cathedral Park is southwest of Keremeos and accessible via Hwy 3. Overview. From Winthrop on Hwy 20, follow E Chewuch Road for 7 miles, then turn right onto NF-51. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 If your destination is Cathedral Lakes, continue on the Lesamiz trail. ... Cathedral Lakes Singers - Sycuan Pow Wow 2010-09-11.3gp - Duration: 4:22. Reviews. Leaving the Cathedral Lakes behind, the views continue as you hike west, with bulky 8,685-foot Remmel Mountain being front and center. (~ 8 miles in). Andrews Creek is cleared until maybe 15 minutes before the Peepsite trail junction. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. The guide suggested that water was scarce between the mine and cathedral lakes; so we loaded up all of our Platys at the Mine. The road was easy to follow, and not a challenge for our 4-wheeled friend. Front Runners List: Click to see list completion progress by climbers that log their climbs using Peakbagger.com. At Cathedral Pass, it was very foggy. The ultimate destination in the Eastern Pasayten Wilderness is Cathedral Lakes. Cathedral Lakes and Mountain - Four Point Lake Round Trip - 55 miles High Point - 8000 feet Elevation Gain - 6300 feet Wander for miles on high country trails in the Pasayten Wilderness near the Canadian Border. Hiked into Cathedral Lakes via Andrews Creek from Thursday evening 6/18 coming out Saturday 6/20. And those who say that, when asked to specify, would surely pick the Cathedral Peak area as the most beautiful corner of the wilderness. 4:22. Spectacular beauty in an little visited area of the State! Anyone coming this far should walk 1.6 km further to the Monument 83 viewpoint. You’ll start and end at the Thirtymile trailhead on the Chewuch River out of Winthrop. Day 1: (July 13th, 2008) At the crossing, you’ll begin to climb for two miles, paralleling Remmel Creek and arriving at a high point of 6600 feet—17.5 miles from the trailhead. You could barely see the lake. Nestled in Spring, Texas, near The Woodlands, Alta Cathedral Lakes offers the optimal blend of contemporary convenience and historic charm. Some would say the Pasayten Wilderness is the best Washington has to offer for trekking. About a mile from Apex Pass, arrive at a junction with the Tungsten trail (534). From our lodge, you have access … Hike up Windy Creek almost to the summit of Windy Mountain; take the trail into Horseshoe Basin to Sunny Pass. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. With easy access to I-45, you’ll spend less time commuting and more time exploring the many nearby shops, restaurants, trails, museums, historical sites and attractions the area has to offer. There are lovely alpine views all the way. From the lakes, go over Cathedral Pass, over Apex Pass and down to the Tungsten Mine Site. A connecter trail leaves the Chewack and climbs back up to the Cathedral Driveway Trailhead completing the route. This marks the end of the lollipop portion of your loop—you’ll retrace your steps along the Chewuch River for 8.5 miles back to your car. During the Early Buck Hunt, our areas are Spanish Camp, Bald Mountain, Remmel Lake, Cathedral Lakes, Apex Pass and the Tungsten Mine. The upper lake sits in a rock bowl with the rocky 8,601 foot Cathedral Peak and 8,358 foot Amphitheater Mountain above. In fall, the larches turn color and the area becomes bright gold. Note that the Tungsten trail junction lies below the Tungsten Mine buildings and mine shaft structure. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Dogs … Upper Cathedral Lake is one of the most photographed scenes in the Pasayten Wilderness, especially in the fall when the larch trees turn a brilliant gold against the backdrop of Cathedral Peak and Amphitheater Mountain. The Pasayten Wilderness area in Eastern Washington melts out early and is amazingly void of crowds. Compare Climbers: Click to compare ascents of up to 5 climbers working on this list. This horse trail goes nearly to the top and the views include most of the Pasayten Wilderness. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Hike Distance: 7 miles (11.2 km) round trip to Upper or Lower Cathedral Lakes; 8 miles (12.8 km) round trip to see both Hiking Time: 3 - 5 hours Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet (2,590 meters) Lower Cathedral Lake Elevation: 9,290 feet (2,830 meters) Our new route took us over Loup Loup Pass and through the towns of Omak, Tonasket and into the small town of Loomis. This is where the loop starts. 9,066 foot Jack Mountain sits at the foot of Ross Lake and the western edge of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Nikon 25-50mm f/4 AIS Follow the Boundary trail west many miles to Cathedral Pass and lakes, then drop down the Chewack River. Left goes almost to Remmel Lake, then up to Cathedral Lakes. This glorious Provincial Park is chock-full of stunning 360-degree vistas, sapphire glacier lakes, rugged mountain peaks, and untamed wildlife & ecology. We decided to take a side trip to the lake. This trail goes by Pocket Lake and Thirtymile Trailhead. The ultimate destination in the Eastern Pasayten Wilderness is Cathedral Lakes. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Either way can get you to Upper Cathedral Lake, just make sure if you take the Boundary trail, you head east on the trail toward the Upper Cathedral and Ampitheatre. In no time you will be traversing above Upper Cathedral Lake, which is situation below Ampitheatre Mountain. It begins with lovely aspen trees and wildflowers are plentiful. Doug, Tom, John and I entered the Pasayten Wilderness at the Chewach River, hike to Cathedral Lakes, and existed at Andrews Creek, in a 5 day ~46 mile backpack. But the feeling of remoteness might be the highest quality; this place is protected by miles of not so exciting trail hiking. Cathedral Park offers hiking, fishing, camping, wilderness camping, and mountaineering. Eventually you'll reach another junction. Turn right onto this trail and continue on a gentle downhill grade for six miles to reconnect with the Chewuch Trail. The upper lake sits in a rock bowl with the rocky 8,601 foot Cathedral Peak and 8,358 foot Amphitheater Mountain above. Walk for many easy miles along the Chewuch River, staying on The Chewuch Trail (510) as it heads north for 6.5 miles through a burned forest that is slowly recovering from fires in 2001, 2003, and 2006. - EJ59CB from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Cathedral Provincial Park — Off the Beaten Path. Thirtymile Trailhead takes you up the Chewuch River Trail almost to Remmel Lake, then climbs up to the lakes. We are located near Quiniscoe Lake, 2000 metres (6800 ft.) above sea level in the heart of Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area. The 44-mile loop through Cathedral Pass offers some of the best scenery that the Pasayten’s breathtaking Boundary Trail has to offer. Download this stock image: Cathedral Peak and fall larches above Cathedral Lake in the Pasayten Wilderness, North Cascades, Washington, USA. - EJ59D8 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. If you can time it right, try camping on this section of the trail, as the evening and morning light on the rocks here is truly stunning. Cathedral Peak as approached from the east, Trail junction with the Chewack River trail and Thungsten Trail, Looking into Canada from trail between the Cathedral Lakes, Remmel Mountain from meadows west of Amphitheater Mountain. From there we headed up the Toats Coulee Road to the trailhead. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Cathedral Peak at left, Cathedral Pass in center, Amphitheater Mountain at right. This is followed by a long descent to the log crossing over the Ashnola River at 38 miles. Then hike the Tungsten Creek Trail back down to the Chewack River split. Larch groves hide the lake, however a number of social paths lead down to its shoreline where you can find a handful of campsites.Switchback up to the left towards Upper Cathedral Lake and stunning Cathedral Pass. Cathedral Pass Loop (#510, 565, 533, 534), Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District, Backpacking Washington by Douglas Lorain details the Boundary Trail in two portions. Only the first half mile is repeated. Download this stock image: Cathedral Peak and larches reflected in Cathedral Lake, Pasayten Wilderness, North Cascades, Washington, USA. Eventually you will pass the now abandoned old Chewuch River trail. Near Winthrop, Washington. It’s a gentle and stark beginning to a long trek. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Continue on the newer Chewuch River trail.Next you will reach a junction with the Lesamiz trail (#565). Continue onto NF-5160 and follow for 15.2 miles until reaching the Thirtymile Trailhead (trail 510) at the end of the road. If you want to head to Remmel Lake for a quick swim and didn't take the Chewuch River trail, take the cutoff trail 1/4 mile to the lake. Remaining 4 miles to Andrews Pass are heavy with blowdown many of … The scenery is every changing on this trail. You can stay to the right and head straight to Upper Cathedral Lake and Ampitheatre Mountain or you can head in a westerly direction to connect with the Boundary trail (#533) for a more meandering route. The return hike follows the same route. The Forest Service has rerouted the Chewuch River trail (#510). Pasayten Wilderness encompasses 531,000 acres, skirting more than 50 miles of Canada's border and encompassing the crest of the Cascades. David Yazzie Jr Recommended for you. The 44-mile loop through Cathedral Pass offers some of the best scenery that the Pasayten’s breathtaking Boundary Trail has to offer. Located in the Pasayten Wilderness and surrounded by Amphitheater Mountain and Cathedral Peak, Cathedral Lakes are a great destination for a multi-day backpacking trip. It can be a little tough to find as there are a number of social trails in the area, however if you go downhill from the mine buildings and mine shaft, you will find it. Upper Cathedral Lake in the Pasayten Wilderness. The Cathedral Lakes in the Pasayten Wilderness are a popular destination on the PNT. Multiple authors contributed to this report. Andrews Creek Trail to Cathedral Lakes is a 38.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Loomis, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. ... Just before the cabin on the right is the trail up to Cathedral Lakes. Cathedral Pass is a saddle inside of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. You’ll start and end at the Thirtymile trailhead on the Chewuch River out of Winthrop. A breathtaking view and the mysterious grave of “Pasayten Pete” awaits those who do. This 44 mile loop goes up the Chewack River 8.5 miles to the intersection with Tungsten Creek Trail. Cathedral isn’t your conventional camping trip, this is both a challenging and rewarding experience! Cathedral Lakes Lodge is Canada’s highest full service hiking and fishing wilderness lodge. There are several ways to approach the lake. Cathedral Peak from Upper Cathedral Lake ©Andy Porter. After an additional 2 miles it turns west and continues along the river another 7 miles, where it crosses Cathedral Creek, one of the major feeder creeks to the Chewuch River. The Wilderness encompasses almost 150 peaks over 7,500 feet in elevation, 160 or more bodies of water, and at least as many waterways, some turbulent enough to have carved sharp canyons with sheer walls. Nigel and I rock-paper-scissored for who carried the water load. Trail conditions and fires will dictate which you use. 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