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    Shoe Lake via PCT

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    23.8 km
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    879 m
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    Shoe Lake via the PCT is a wonderful full-day trip with quintessential Washington views to enjoy—lakes, mountains, and vibrant forest. This is a hard hike mostly due to the distance; it’ll likely take you a full day to complete. The hike provides no significant technical challenges to note and is suitable for intermediate adventurers.

    Bring a good bug spray on this hike.

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    Route Description for Shoe Lake via PCT

    The views en route to Shoe Lake via the Pacific Crest Trail are wonderful, and this trail is the ideal way to spend an entire day in nature. With lakes, mountains, and forest to explore, it’s a lovely trip.

    Begin from the PCT trailhead across from the campground. You’ll have some elevation to gain early on, switchbacking to about 1650m. The path then levels out a bit as you pass Pigtail Peak and head towards Hogback Mountain.

    A few last switchbacks take you to Shoe Lake. The trail does extend to allow you to do a full loop and reconnect with the main trail, or you can turn around at the lakeshore and retrace your steps to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Shoe Lake via PCT Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Shoe Lake via PCT hike is on Highway 12 across from the White Pass Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      White Pass Campground

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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