Most riders will end up hiking the majority of the 2800 ft. climb. If you get to the Tipsoo Lake parking lot, you have gone too far. The trailhead is on the east end of the parking lot behind the vault toilets.From Packwood, drive east on Highway 12 to the junction with State Highway 123. Start before 9am or parking is tight and trail is busy, busy, busy! View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. Was longer than we had planned with our 4 kids but they did great. You can get a bird’s eye view of the deep valley of the Rainier fork of the American River. We hiked out on Sat 8/1. We hiked around it and there were some campers. The hike from the lake to the gap offers increasingly picturesque views of the south Cascades with every foot of altitude you gain. In that same area were some mountainside meadows filled with friendly hummingbirds. Great for lunch or a swim. very beautiful and peaceful. Sheep Lake Trail Trail Reports no reports have been added for Sheep Lake Trail yet, add a trail report . The trail covers 9.2 miles of alpine meadows and lakes as well as some sub alpine forests. Continue about 0.2 miles to Pacific Crest Trail trailhead parking lot, which is the second large parking lot on the left side of the road. Took us 1.5 hours but we hiked quickly so maybe 2-2.5 for average pace. Tel: 360.825.6585, From Enumclaw, East on Highway 410 for about 50 miles to Chinook Pass to the second large parking area on the left side of the road. Within the first few miles of the trail head, you’ll run into a series of switchbacks. The trail to Sheep Lake, however, does pass by some beautiful cliffs underneath where that scramble would have taken us. very nice for families. Sheep Lake is a picturesque alpine lake guarded by jagged-edged ridges. Sometimes rocky and rooty, with some loose climbs. WTA’s Commitment to Stand Against Racism. Sheep Creek. Once at the gap, you will be rewarded with grand views of Sheep Lake on one side and the Chrystal Lakes basin on the other side. The temperature got really cold but the bugs stayed away thankfully. It was remarkable how many people were hiking up on Saturday as we were hiking out. 3rd time hiking it and this was the most snow ive seen. Coordinates: 62.14672, … Such a fun hike! Wrong! Very doable for kids. Trail Maps. Seattle, WA 98104. It’s 1.5 easy miles to Sheep Lake (N 46° 53′ 38″, W 121° 30′ 10″) on the Pacific Crest Trail, our first stop. Got to the trailhead around 10:30AM and the parking lots were full with people parking on the street. If you continue on past Sheep Lake, you will come to the PCT #2000. The way to the lake gains very little elevation making it ideal for children and hikers-getting up there. Perfect for a beginner backpacking trip. We did this on a mid week expecting a lighter crowd. Sheep Lake/Sourdough Gap is borderline too popular, but it is somewhere we have wanted to go for a long time. The trail offers spectacular views of the top of the talus slopes towards Storm Ridge and the East and West Beckwith. Best to do this midweek. Awesome! Sheep Lake … The lake is pristine and provides an ample reward for the hard climb. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. The Fern Lake trail is steep and rocky but the reward at the end is paradise. Enumclaw Service Center Started out cold but warmed up along the route. on the trail nannie ridge to sheep lake and back 9 miles round trip, 1,800 feet of elevation gain, 5,800 ft high point. The trail had a gradual climb, coming back its nearly all downhill. The trail leads over this saddle to the left and descends for about a mile, along cliffsides and scree fields, to Sheep Lake -- it's about 2 miles total from the campground to this lake, plus another .5 mile or more depending upon how far around the lake you care to go. On the way up, or on the way back, be sure to look for the Sheep Creek Falls. This was a great hike to take my reluctant teens on. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Unfortunately the restrooms were closed in the parking lot. The first mile traverses a steep slope above Highway 410. A little muddy in parts and some patches of snow on the side of the trail still. Pros: gorgeous of course, beautiful flora in bloom, not too steep but not too flat Sheep lake was absolutely amazing! Overall a fantastic trip. The trail then continues north to Sand Lake. My dog swam for at least an hour in the clear water and I just stood there in awe. I would definitely recommend it to friends and I will be back in the fall! Turn right onto SR 410. Little Sheep Lake lies just two miles north along the trail. The descent is excellent. See map: Google Maps Marlborough City Hall, 140 Main Street, Marlborough, MA 01752 • (508) 460-3770 The City of Marlborough MA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. A spur right leads up to a camp site. The hike to Sheep Lake is a 1.8 mile gentle climb on a good trail. GE View of Sheep Lake Trail 02: This images is facing west and shows the trail coming around the mountain between Gem Lake (white patch in middle) and descending to Shelf Lake (white). They are all blooming right now, which coupled with sunny skies and the clear green lake, made for some magic. Good to go and spend the day there. Went on a Monday and there were a handful of people with their pups passing by on the trail but not busy at all. Put our 1yr old on our back because there is definitely some rocky areas with steep drops. The white on the lakes appears to be ice. Learn more about hiking in Rocky › Bear Lake Trail Guide - Summer (PDF 3.8 MB) Bear Lake Trail Guide - Winter (PDF 3.9 MB) Fall River Trail Guide (PDF 3.3 MB) Kawuneeche Valley Trail Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) Longs Peak Trail Guide (PDF 0.2 MB) Wild Basin Trail Guide - Summer (PDF 0.7 MB) Wild Basin Trail Guide - Winter (PDF 3.1 MB) However, when you get to the lake, the color turns to a brilliant green. Sheep Lake is a beautiful destination requiring relatively little effort. Sheep Lake Trail is a 8.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/sheep-lake-trail Snoqualmie Ranger District On July 4th weekend in 2016, the trail was intermittently under snow south of Sheep Lake. camped over night. Good scenery and high elevations. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and views along the way. I spoke with two hikers that did an overnight and were coming out as we were going in. A perfect day hike or easy backpack for those interested in exploring the area north of Mt Rainier near Chinook Pass. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children. The lake at the top is great. There was one group of people who were camping way to close to the lake and playing music which could be heard everywhere, otherwise people had good trail etiquette. This outcropping is the perfect place to take a break, while the nearby beach may tempt you to take off your boots and wade in the crystalline water. After enjoying the lake, retrace your steps to return to your car.WTA Pro Tip: If you are planning to backpack, finding a campsite should be your first priority. Wonderful lake!!! The Sheep Lake Trail starts in the south on the east side of Brooklyn Lake and ends in the north just below Sand Lake. I can’t wait to come back and camp :). Eventually we made our way up to a nice rock with a view of the lake and had lunch before heading back down. As for wildlife we saw a cascades frog, many tadpoles, a lake trout, and a few hawks. At this point, the trail levels off, and even takes you downhill for a while, until you arrive at Sheep Lake, just off the PCT. The trailhead is on the east end of the parking lot behind the vault toilets. The hillside is decorated with wildflowers in the summer and red huckleberry plants in the fall. Great trail with nice views and the reward of a lake. Trail was a little dusty but the views are well worth it. Sheep Lake trail runs from near Brooklyn Lake around the east end of Browns mtn passing Twin Lakes then turning west on its way to Sheep Lake. It was super dusty. I would like to go back, camp for the weekend and enjoy he lake. The views are gorgeous and worth the effort. It was absolutely beautiful. Went last Friday. Sheep Lake is a green gem that pops into view as you near it. Met a lot of people coming down from sheep lake as we were going in. … I don’t think I’d do again but was a nice one to do before Naches loop! There are a couple of narrow spots early on that might make one nervous, but not too bad. Trail is also rough in spots. We had to risk it. At the Toutle-Sheep Canyon Trail Junction, go right on the Sheep Canyon Trail and cross the creek on a footbridge. There were some areas that had some “sketchy footing” if you had limited mobility, hip or knee issues or bad eyesight. No mosquitoes until we got to the lake basin. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. The Sheepskin Trail is also a section of the Industrial Continue about 0.2 miles to Pacific Crest Trail parking lot, which is the second large parking lot on the left side of the road. I like as much grip as possible so I wore my Oboz but running shoes would do fine. This made it hard to find the trail from time to time, but for the most part, it's easy enough to spot the track itself or else the way was marked with cairns. Bighorn sheep visits to Sheep Lakes are hit-and-miss, but generally occur between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Groups between one and sixty sheep move from the ridge on the north side of the valley, across the road and stay up to two or three hours before reversing the trip back to the high country. Beautiful views and Great Lake to spend some time at. It's close to seven miles up to Sheep Lake with some tough climbs, many of which are made even more difficult due to large rocks and roots. I assume the times we are in currently play into larger crowds given the limited travel ability and limited jobs. There is an alternative return hike available. The first half is above the road, yet still some nice views, then you switch up through some trees - there’s still a tiny bit of snow off trail - and finally descend to the lake through a little meadow of wildflowers. Such a cute lake. As you approach Blue Lake from a distance, it really looks blue. The lake at the top was a great goal for them, and a lovely place to rest before heading back down. You’ll just jump on the trail about .25 in and avoid the snow and packed parking at Tipsoo Lake. We agreed that next time we come, we’ll bring Dad and our backpacking gear to spend the night. beautiful trail, kid friendly, it always feels colder than I expect it to. A short hike to Sheep Lake, where hikers can stay for the day, camp for the night, or continue on to Sourdough Gap. It got pretty steep in places, therefore not great for littles. Note some big trees in … Some shade and some in exposed sun. We put the 3 year old in the pack. The trail enters a forested area interspersed with small meadows. Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and inform builders and other riders about any issues on a trail. The foliage was starting to turn colors, which was fantastic! Rainier and Naches Peak.After the traverse, the trail turns north leaving the highway and the road sounds behind. The trail eventually enters an alpine setting and climbs a bit more to Sheep Lake. Sheep Lake Trail. Ape Canyon Trail #234, Sheep Canyon Trail #240, and Truman Trail #207 also access the Loowit Trail #216 and allow day hikers the opportunity to hike sections of the trail. Plenty of wildflowers and a lake perfect for swimming in the summer, as well as small, unmarked trails branching through the area for those that like to explore. Start early, and when you arrive, pitch your tent and then enjoy the lake. Went on the trail with our 3, 5, & 9 year old. En route to the lake we looked back admiring the view of Chinook Pass above the sensuous curve of SR 410 and the diagonal line of PCT contouring the still-flowered hillsides. The agency manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. Explore the best trails in Las Vegas, Nevada on TrailLink. Wildflowers were incredible especially at the lake. All downhill headed back which is always nice! The hike to Sheep Lake is a 1.8 mile gentle climb on a good trail. With more than 30 Las Vegas trails covering 184 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the I-515 Trail or I-215 East Beltway Trail. We saw a handful of people descending as we made our way up to the lake, and a few backpackers around the lake, all spread out so it felt like we had the lake to ourselves. The rail trail is a missing link between the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the West Virginia Mon River Rail Trail System. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Access other trails (e.g., Quealy Lake) from Sheep Lake Trail. The whole way is outside of Mount Rainier National Park too, meaning you can bring along any four-legged hikers in … Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington by Adrienne Schaefer, Buy the Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. Sheep Lake is in a beautiful setting, regardless of what season you have chosen to hike here. Narrow so a little hard to pass others, especially with dog. After that you go into the forest and pass through a few small meadows. The lake is beautiful and there is a huge meadow to explore. Easy hike and great views. One switchback has an enormous stone at its bend. This is a very challenging trail. Everyone we encountered demonstrated perfect CV19 trail etiquette. Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. I should start by saying that we love Rocky Mountain National Park and try to visit once a year when possible. Bathroom in the parking lot is empty but was super gross. Hike by WTA Correspondents: Trail follows the highway but it’s high up and you can’t hear traffic. The upper put in is at Sheep Lake and is well above tree line where the river is crystal clear, very tight, yet low volume; more creek than river, and runs 34 miles to the Skwentna River. It is named for a lake near the center of the trail. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Patricia Coulthard. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. Super crowded much like a Saturday we have done in the past. Due to the pandemic, visitors must make Park reservations which can be easily done on the NPS website at a cost of $2.00 per visit to control the crowds inside the Park, plus the entrance fee which at the beginning of October was $25.00, or free if you have a lifetime Senior Pass. Hiked in on Thurs 7/30 and camped for two nights. We hiked on a Friday, so some campers at Sheep’s Lake but not many. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. This hike is well worth the effort. Lots of families camping there. There are several hidden gems to explore around the lake. The Sheep Lake Trail #848 begins at an intersection with the Cliff Creek Trail #840 and ends at Sheep Lake. Would do again! Would not recommend this trail for little ones as you constantly have to watch your footing for trip hazards. The first part of the trail might pose troubling for someone who is afraid of heights. We walked up through the meadows and explored the many creeks that run through it. You may hear the happy sounds of children playing in the water or see hikers lazing on the rock outcropping where the trail comes to the lake. This trail is entirely in the West Elk Wilderness and primarily passes through spruce-fir … Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. The trail to Sheep Lake via Windy Saddle is an impressive journey through a recent burn area turned wildflower spectacle, into pine and alpine fir forest, and up through pristine alpine lakes. 3.2 mile hike to a secluded lake filled with brownies and stunning views along the way. Go north on State Highway 123 about 16 miles to the junction with SR 410. These are really pretty and season permitting, they are a great place to see some wildflowers. The trail is not crossed by a single road and can be accessed by "feeder" trails usually identified by the number #216 and a letter of the alphabet. One of my favorite hikes. You will also be treated to glimpses of Mt. It was a fairly easy hike in and I think most kids could do it without problems. This part of the hike is awesome but beware of loose rocks. One of my favorite hikes I’ve been in even though it’s so short. The trail is pretty dusty on the exposed parts. We went on a gorgeous Thursday afternoon, started hiking around 4pm. The hike to Sheep Lake is a 1.8 mile gentle climb on a good trail. There is a great map at the beginning of the trailhead that shows where dogs are allowed and where they are not. On the way up you are on a ridge that overlooks a huge valley and you get fantastic views of the sourounding mountains. We stayed overnight. The lake was gorgeous and the hike was not strenuous to get there. It makes a good destination for children, especially if you let them swim, play in the meadows, or explore the small rock outcroppings. MY ACCOUNT LOG IN; Join Now | Member Log In. The trailhead is located at the horse loading ramp at the east end of the parking lot. Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410, Mt. Stop in at the Visitor Center in Centennial for a free map of the area and pick your route. The Sheepskin Trail is a 34-mile rails-to-trails project currently under development in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The trailhead is on the east end of the parking lot behind the vault toilets.From Naches, drive west on Highway 12 to the junction with SR 410. Nothing worrisome, but could be mentally taxing for those who are nervous about heights. 269S map. The first mile traverses a steep slope above Highway 410. The campsites around the perimeter are ideal for base camping or for backpacking with children. Although the trail dips in and out pockets of trees, the views are quite good. The advantage to hiking to Sheep Canyon from this location is you get to enjoy Blue Lake along the way. The lake is awesome. The numerous peaks and precipices of the Seven Devils Mountains tower above and fall below, forming the high points of the deepest canyon in North America. It seems this lake has become too well known. Sheep Lake is also a worthy destination for adults who want a pause from daily life to enjoy the outdoors. From Enumclaw, drive east on SR 410 for about 50 miles to Chinook Pass. Kids (6 and 8) were able to do it with no issues, just some hand holding here and there where it's a bit rocky and steep. Great for kids too! sheep lake trail Fantastic trail. GE View of Sheep Lake Trail 01: This images is facing east and shows the trail passing Basin, Shelf and Gem Lakes. Cons: difficult to find parking, first 3/5 of trail are above a road, this section of the trail is very dusty. Bugs were really bad though and trail was dusty. There are better parking lots to use around the bend in the road. I couldn’t help but take a little dip in the lake before we made our way back down. Easy hike, took my 5 kids up (12, 10, 8, 5, and 3) and we had a blast! I hiked alone for some “me” time and I didn’t encounter another human being the entire time. The entire length of the trail was still ‘green’, which is not always a given this late in July. They said the mosquitoes were horrible and said the buggers found a way past their defenses to include head nets, repellent and a campfire. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Accidentally did this because I heard going counter clockwise at Naches Loop was the best but we ended up here !! There is a small area of exposure immediately off of the trail that cascades down to Highway 410. It was not too steep, and there were some great views all along the way. For stretches throughout, it was running with water from snowmelt and afternoon storms. Nothing too bad because there was a gentle breeze. Trail was very busy but once we got to Sheep Lake we were able to find a great camping site away from most people. The trail is very narrow with steep drops for about 2/3 of the way which makes it hard to step off for people passing, especially if you have a dog. The Four Trailheads are as follows: Lake Marie Trailhead (41.3315675,-106.3253345) Mirror Lake Trailhead (41.338138,-106.3235919) Lewis Lake Trailhead (41.3586405,-106.2944908) Multiuse out-and-back trail that traverses montane forest and subalpine meadows. The trail heads up in silver fir/noble fir woods with some western white pine, crosses a creek, and Sheep Canyon appears on the left. Saw no one on the way out and a few on the way back. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. So glad I discovered this app because it’s helping me find gems like this! This is a very popular destination, and the campsites fill early. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Start at Sand Lake trailhead and ride uphill to Brooklyn Lake, then decend on the return. The climb up is pretty tight and passing can be tricky with dogs. Did this trail on 7/30 (Thursday) around 6:30 am and parking lot had a few cars. Ended up on this trail by accident when we missed the turn for the Naches Loop trail. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors. Hike 2.4 miles to 5,850 ft on the Nannie Ridge Trail, skirt around the south and east side of Nannie Peak, continue 2.2 miles to Sheep Lake and return by the same route. Options exist from a direct 1.6 mile route, to an incredible 7.5 mile loop. We hiked in on Sunday afternoon around 3 o’clock. 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