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Seattle, WA: Minotaur Lake

This 3.4-mile hike to Minotaur Lake boasts huckleberry-filled meadows and seasonal wildflowers, not to mention five-star views of two alpine lakes.

Rating

This 3.4-mile hike starts with a stiff climb that unfurls up the mountainside—you’ll gain 1,300 feet in the first mile. The trail climbs through a thick conifer corridor, offering several resting points with picturesque views of Nason Ridge and a trailside creek. At .8 mile, the terrain levels out for a well-earned cruise across lush meadows speckled with huckleberries and seasonal wildflowers—you’ll also pass a small waterfall. Minotaur Lake comes into view after 1.4 miles of hiking. On wind-free days, the rugged slopes and ridges surrounding the lake are reflected in Minotaur’s pristine, glassy waters. From here, the route ascends the ridge separating Minotaur Lake and Theseus Lake where panoramic views extend in every direction.
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

To Trailhead

I-5 N to WA 520 E to I-405 N (toward Everett) to WA 522 E to Stevens Pass Hwy./US 2 E. In 54.1 miles, left onto NF 6700/Smithbrook Rd. In 1.9 miles, sharp left to stay on NF 6700. In 2.9 miles, left to stay on NF 6700. In 1.9 miles, left onto unsigned road. Go .9 mile; park on side of road.

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