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||Wenatchee National Forest
||On I-90, take the Roslyn exit, follow (903) just past Cle
Elem lake and turn left, on FS RD 4308 crest the hill and hang a right at
the Y- FS RD 4312, drive to the end of this road without turning off, park at the end
of the road
||1600 ft elevation gain
||3 Miles Roundtrip
||10 out of 10, this is one of my favorite hikes
||great, big mountains surrounding it
||Printable Topo Map
Thorp Lake is well worth a weekend visit. The trail is a
bit of a struggle. Although this trail is not maintained with some
navigation skill you will reach the lake. I have done this hike several
times, in snow, during the day and as a night hike. Thank goodness for a
There is not a posted Trailhead. The trail starts out straight uphill climb from the
road, what you do is hike up the usually dry creek bed. Once you crest the
hill you veer right staying high on the hill there will be a rock basin on
your left. The trail will show up here in the wildflower basin. Crest the
next hill, drop down the next hill and veer left, cross the small creek
and veer left through the tall brush and you should be able to see the
My favorite place to camp is on the right side of the lake, on the back
side up on a perfect ledge. The views on a clear morning are breath
For an added adventure bushwhack your way up to the ridge behind the
lake. Up here you can go to the lookout tower or just gaze down at Kachees
I heard there were bears in the area a couple of years ago, some guys
on horseback had scared them off before I got up there.
Fishing-- It was poor. There are a bunch of fish, the key is to be
there when they are biting. I use a Kastmaster with a blue stripe and my
all time favorite the brown Vibrax Rooster tail
Do it again? Any time I have a chance
Mt Thorp-July 2000
Little Joe/Thorp Lake Hike
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