Seattle, WA: Cady Ridge to Lake Sally Ann

This 13.6-miler traces a treeless ridgeline speckled with seasonal wildflowers and endless mountainous views, then ends at a lakeside lunch spot.
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This 13.6-miler traces a treeless ridgeline speckled with seasonal wildflowers and endless mountainous views, then ends at a lakeside lunch spot.

-Mapped by Alan Bauer (Alan Bauer Photography)

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.8

Waypoints

CAD001

Location: 47.918342590332, -121.087493896484

Descend NW

CAD002

Location: 47.919189453125, -121.088348388672

Cross the Little Wenatchee River on a sturdy new bridge

CAD003

Location: 47.9167098999023, -121.093612670898

Go R onto Cady Ridge Trail (#1532), leaving the flats of Cady Creek Trail behind for a steep grunt to the ridge

CAD004

Location: 47.9221076965332, -121.095069885254

Continue up steep rib, a rocky and dusty climb. Wildflowers pop between clumps of pines, firs, and cedars

CAD005

Location: 47.9293594360352, -121.10050201416

Sporadic views over Cady Creek Valley

CAD006

Location: 47.9396476745606, -121.114051818848

The hard climb is over. Now, it's wildflower-filled meadows (lupines, bistort, paintbrush) in front of massive mountain views into the heart of Glacier Peak Wilderness

CAD007

Location: 47.940746307373, -121.118804931641

Marmot hotels dot meadows and rocky talus

CAD008

Location: 47.9481353759766, -121.122711181641

Reach an open highpoint along Cady Ridge. Views NNE to Glacier, Whittier, and Jonathan Peaks

CAD009

Location: 47.9537391662598, -121.128379821777

Pass through meadows with far off views to Mt. Rainier and the Stuart Range to the S

CAD010

Location: 47.9548416137695, -121.13549041748

Slow descent to the Pacific Crest Trail. Grouse and birds sing in this meadow paradise

CAD011

Location: 47.963924407959, -121.146354675293

Go L onto PCT. Photogenic views down into Meander Meadow, Dishpan Gap, Kodak Pk.

CAD012

Location: 47.9608879089356, -121.152366638184

Rest and eat a long lunch @ Lake Sally Ann. Return to trailhead