Cities and Towns of the Central Cascades
National Wilderness Areas
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters. 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801. Phone: 509-664-9200; Fax: 509-664-9280.
This 394,000-acre wilderness area near Seattle is located in the rugged Central Cascades region of Washington state and is jointly administered by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the Wenatchee National Forest. The area takes its name from the nearly 700 jewel-like mountain lakes nestled among the high rock peaks and timbered valleys of the region. The area is accessed from 47 trailheads and offers 615 miles of trail. A web site of the USDA Forest Service.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Cle Elum Ranger District. Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests. 803 West 2nd, Cle Elum, WA 98922. Phone: 509-852-1100.
Lakes Wilderness Permit Application
Application is for the Enchantment Lakes, Stuart, Colchuck, Snow, Eightmile Lakes areas.
A Hike to Lake Talapus
Travel article with pictures by Go Northwest!
Alpine Lakes Wilderness
A web site of Wilderness.net, which is a partnership project of the Wilderness Institute at The University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation, the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.
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Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass (Cascade Alpine Guide) by Fred Beckey. This Mountaineer book contains everything needed to know for climbing the Cascade Mountains including maps, geographic aspects, safety and more. Order now...
Day Hike! Central Cascades: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day by Mike McQuaide. This revised edition contains 69 complete trail descriptions, crucial information estimated hiking time, permits required, special notes on dogs and kids, and double-checked driving directions. The book also contains easy-to-read USGS topographical maps, informative photographs and discusses all changes made to the trails, and who to contact about the most recent reconstructions. Order now...
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Washington's Central Cascades Fishing Guide by Dave Shorett. This comprehensive guidebook tells where, how and when to fish the area in detail, covering more than 25 streams and 200 lakes, with 14 maps and 40 photos. Trout populations are described in depth, along with fishing techniques, access and hiking directions. Order now...
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