Golden Lakes Trail

Trail Description:

Distance, round-trip:

20.4 miles

Elevation gain:

1900 feet

Hiking time, round-trip:

10 hours

Wilderness camps:

Golden Lakes Camp

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This area of fifteen or more small lakes was so named because of the golden sunset colors reflected from the lakes' surfaces. The length of this hike, however, makes it a two-day experience.


Starting at Mowich Lake, follow the Wonderland trail south, descending to the South Mowich River before climbing a steep ascent up to Golden Lakes.


Along the
Trail:


Enjoy the hike through old growth forest to the South Mowich River, before reaching Golden Lakes. A historic Patrol Cabin still stands near the trail at Golden Lakes.


Backpacking:


Some of the campsites at Golden Lakes provide good views and easy access to the lakes. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

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