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Delta Lake Loop
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||Alpine Lake Wilderness
||Head up Hwy 2 on the west side of Stevens Pass, take the No
68 Foss River road, then continue to the trailhead
|| Strenuous bushwhack to lakes
||6000 ft elevation loss to lake
||15+ Miles Roundtrip
||10 out of 10
||Awesome, take a raft these lakes are big
||Printable Topo Map
Delta Lake was a great bushwhack and is well worth a weekend visit. We opted for a
stay in various spots. We were the only ones
down there. I had looked down on Delta Lake a couple of times from the Big Heart
outlet and always wanted to give it a try.
The trail starts off level but makes up for it after going by Trout
Lake. Then just as you start to make the turn to go up a bunch of switchbacks on your way up to Malachite
Lake, you say good-bye to the trail for a couple of days.
Drop down to the West Fork of the Foss River and start hiking up along
it, generally on the west side of the river. We bushwhacked up
the valley to Delta spent the night, we were the only ones
down there. Day two we headed up the valley to Otter Lake,
Angeline Lake then spent another night at Big Heart. It was Otter that has the
'rock oven' I think. Our bushwhack from Otter to Angeline was the hardest
-side hilling with a full pack, raft, oars. Day three we hike all the way
out via Big Heart Lake, Little Heart Lake, Copper Lake, Malachite Lake and
Trout Lake trail.
But as I look back on it, the
beauty of this area ranks up with the Wind River Range in Wyoming and
Glacier in Montana- plus we did not see another person until our 3rd day
up at Big Heart Lake.
Otter and Angeline Lakes are enormous and I hope to get back up there,
maybe a through hike to Salmon La Sac and have a car there to drive home.
Fishing-- Awesome numerous 10 + inch fish, try fishing by the outlet and where the upper stream comes in.
Do it again? you bet!
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