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Washington Backcountry Trails

Looking up the outlet stream to Freds Lake

A nearby lake


Freds Lake

Freds Lake

Definition of terms below
Location: Pasayten Wilderness
Directions: Head on over to Mazama, WA on the North Cascades Hwy 20, head northwest out of Mazama towards Harts Pass, at Harts Pass turn right and head for the lookout station at the top.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation +/- 3000+ elevation gain
Distance: 18+ Miles roundtrip
Rating: 9 out of 10
Fishing: Awesome
Scenery: Awesome 
Map: Printable Topo Map


Freds Lake is well worth a week long visit. There are nice campsites at the lake.

This was a trip different than most: we had hired Early Winters Outfitting to pack us in on horseback into Freds Lake. It turned out to be a great way to travel. 

We went in September, we were taken into Freds Lake gear and all on horseback then dropped off- they came back 10 days later to pick us up and take us back out. It was truly a great experience. They provided us with a large canvas wall tent (no floor) and a great little wood burning stove, other than that we only had the stuff we brought along. We did not skimp we had a bag of potatoes hamburger, steak, etc.

We explored the numerous hiking/game trails in the area finding some black bears and mule deer and a few other lakes. We could have easily spent more time out there, there is so much to see and enjoy.  

Our trip started out in beautiful weather then as the week progressed it turned from sun to rain to snow. 

After getting out of the backcountry we spent one night in Meadows Campground, just down the road from Harts Pass, it snowed like crazy again. 

Fishing-- The fishing is awesome, the shorelines are pretty easily fished. We forgot out fishing poles so we improvised: we took about 150 feet of string tied our lure to some fishing line we had found in the trees and one guy would walk around the lake until we ran out of string then throw the lure into the lake and the other guy would start pulling in the string-and we did catch a fish like this.

 Do it again? Yes

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