Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington

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Glacier Peak Wilderness

This rugged and mostly unnamed part of the Wenatchee National Forest is an outdoorsman’s paradise. You’ll feel like a pioneer as you stumble across untouched lakes, glaciers, and hiking rails.

  • Home to over 200 named and unnamed lakes 
  • Glacier Peak is the highest summit in the area sitting at 10,541 feet 
  • The outdoor activities abound: hiking, swimming, fishing, climbing, and whatever other extreme sports you enjoy 
  • Climb granite faces that can reach up to 1,000 feet in height

What can I see and do at Glacier Peaks Wilderness? 

  • Hiking: With at least 450 miles of discoverable area, Glacier Peak Wilderness has an abundance of hikes available from easy walking areas to advanced backpacking hikes. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through this area. Another main trail is the 11 mile Suiattle River Trail. 
  • Lake Activities: Over 200 lakes that are in the Glacier Peaks Wilderness Washington provide you with the chance to discover a new body of water. After a long hike to these lakes, many of which are unnamed and difficult to get to, you’ll be ready for a refreshing swim. 
  • Climbing: About 140 different climbing routes are available for you to explore. Most are multi-pitch mountain faces with varying degrees of difficulty. Blue Mountain is a 700 foot granite face while other climbing areas reach up to 1,000 feet.

Where is Glacier Peaks Wilderness?

Located within the Wenatchee National Forest, the Glacier Peak Wilderness WA is about 40 miles north of Leavenworth. There is not a direct driving route into the Glacier Peak area. Instead, you will have to drive to a trailhead and hike into the wilderness area.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information please call the Wenatchee River Ranger District at (509) 548-2550.