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Wenatchee, WA: Whistling Pig Meadow to Blue Creek Meadow Loop

Rushing rivers, brilliant wildflowers, and high mountain meadows are abundant on this moderate, 14.4-mile lollipop loop in the Entiat Mountains.

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Save this 14.4-miler for late summer when the snowmelt has subsided, then hike into the far northern reaches of the river valley to two high mountain meadows. From the parking area at Maverick Saddle, the trail traces the Mad River, passing through a mix of conifers and wildflowers. Continue straight at the handful of trail junctions on the way to the first fording of the Mad River at mile 3.8. (Although the trail might be snow free by mid to late June, waist-deep water levels are common in years with high snow levels.)
After 4.5 miles, ford the river again, then turn right onto Trail No. 1415 and head toward Whistling Pig and Cougar meadows. A mile later, follow the narrow trail through Whistling Pig Meadow where vast views stretch to the east and west—look for deer and elk and a whistle pig or two. Pass the famous hunter’s cabin nestled in the trees in the middle of the meadow and continue northeast.
The route rounds to the west at mile 6.3 and climbs to elevations over 6,000 feet, then turns south 2 miles later toward Blue Creek Meadow. Drop your pack at Blue Creek Meadow and visit the historic Blue Creek Guard Station before closing the loop back at Waypoint 6 and returning to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

To Trailhead

From Leavenworth, WA, north on WA 209. In 11.2 miles, right on Little Chumstick Creek Rd./NFD 6106 Rd. In 2.4 miles, left at NFD 6103 Rd. In 3.3 miles, left at NFD 300 Rd. In 2.5 miles, right at NFD 6101 Rd. In 2.6 miles, left on NFD 1409 Rd. Go 0.3 mile to trailhead. Note: 4WD vehicle recommended.

The Hunter's Cabin

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