Six Great Hikes to Alpine Lakes in the Pacific Northwest

It’d take a life­time to explore all the alpine lakes in the Pacif­ic North­west. With so many options, how do you know where to begin? Here are six great hikes to Pacif­ic North­west alpine lakes that you should check out right now.


Eight­mile Lake, Washington
Locat­ed in Leav­en­worth, Wash­ing­ton, and the heart of the Cas­cade Moun­tains, Eight­mile Lake is trail­head neigh­bors with Colchuck Lake and the Enchant­ment Lakes (two oth­er world-famous alpine lake hikes) and offers an easy route to an amaz­ing alpine lake. Fol­low this con­tin­u­al­ly ascend­ing trail just over three miles up and expect to see tow­er­ing peaks, a giant rock for jump­ing into pris­tine glac­i­er-fed water, and even a few camp­sites for those who acquire an overnight permit.

Lost lake

Lost Lake Loop Hike, Oregon
This clas­sic Ore­gon loop might be a lit­tle crowd­ed on the week­ends dur­ing the sum­mer months, but for good rea­son. With lit­tle-to-no ele­va­tion gain, a con­stant sup­ply of alpine lake views and views of Mount Hood, there is a rea­son this fam­i­ly-friend­ly hike is so popular.

Lindeman Lake

Lin­de­man Lake, British Colombia
Get a taste for some Cana­di­an Wilder­ness with the Lin­de­man Lake hike in the Fras­er Val­ley region. Offer­ing pris­tine views of forests and water, this 2‑mile hike is great for most ages. The trail climbs only 1,000 feet, but if you get to the top and decide you want more, you can con­tin­ue a cou­ple miles fur­ther to the larg­er Green­drop Lake.
Pho­to: Steve Cyr

Melak­wa Lake, Washington
With so many to choose from in the Sno­qualmie Pass Cor­ri­dor of the Alpine Lakes Wilder­ness in Wash­ing­ton, some­times you just have to throw a dart at the map and see which lake is clos­est. And if you land­ed on Melak­wa Lake, just west of the Sno­qualmie Sum­mit, then you are in luck because this near­ly nine-mile roundtrip offers every­thing you’d expect to see with an Alpine Lake: rocky shores, serene alpine water, and an ever-chang­ing cas­cade cli­mate. Pack your cam­era for this one.

Boul­der Lakes, Oregon

Photo by: AxcordionFor a less-crowd­ed Ore­gon hik­ing option, check out Boul­der Lakes locat­ed not far from the sprawl­ing city of Port­land. Despite its vicin­i­ty to Oregon’s largest city, Boul­der Lakes doesn’t see as much action as some of the day hikes in the area, and that’s what makes this 6.5‑mile roundtrip so spe­cial. Not only do you get those alpine lakes and views you hope for, but most of the time you get to enjoy them by your­self. Pack the tent on this one. With plen­ty of camp­ing spots along the way, this day hike can eas­i­ly be trans­formed into an overnighter.


Garibal­di Lake, British Columbia
Locat­ed near­ly 2 hours away from Van­cou­ver, Garibal­di Lake and the sur­round­ing Whistler area offers so many breath­tak­ing, pure-Cas­ca­di­an views that it is hard not to relo­cate your­self per­ma­nent­ly. With alpine mead­ows and a turquoise lake, this 11-mile hike is a bit of a doozy for the begin­ner, but with a few day hikes already under your belt, this hike is per­fect for the hik­er look­ing for the next big adven­ture. The sea­son for hik­ing this famous Cana­di­an lake is July–October.