Hatchery Creek


Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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Hatchery Creek


  • Highway 2 and the beginning of the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • Heading uphill on the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • A small lake on the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • A small lake on the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • Heading further up on the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • Avalanche chutes on Icicle Ridge.- Hatchery Creek
  • The narrow ridge seen from the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • Wenatchee River Valley views from the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • Wenatchee River Valley views from the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • Heading down the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • Towering trees on the Hatchery Creek Trail.- Hatchery Creek
  • All downhill on the return.- Hatchery Creek
  • - Hatchery Creek
Overview + Weather
Easy to find and navigate. Near Leavenworth. Short side trek to alpine lake.
Route includes a Forest Service road.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Pets allowed: 
Groomed trail: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,110.00 ft (338.33 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Total Distance: 
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,709.00 ft (520.90 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


This snowshoe route located off of Highway 2 just west of Leavenworth is the best of both worlds. Whether you prefer mountain vistas or alpine lakes, the Hatchery Creek snowshoe trail can deliver both. Named for a now abandoned fish hatchery, the route primarily follows Forest Service roads, but the views are worth it.

The trailhead is located 8.6 miles west of Leavenworth, right next to the sign for the Tumwater campgrounds. Park your car out of sight, but not out of earshot from Highway 2, and start the hike right away. About halfway up the mountain trail, look for a turnoff for a bonus small lake trail. This little trial is easy to miss, so keep your map with you. This short hike to a pristine alpine lake is well worth the detour, just be sure to stay off the ice if you're unsure about its stability.

After the small lake detour, continue to the top of the snowshoe trail, where you'll encounter the summer trailhead for the Hatchery Creek Trail. Snow in this area can be prone to heavy avalanches, so if you made it this far, and the Northwest Avalanche Center is issuing warnings, it's a good spot to turn around. If the avalanche conditions allow for it, continue as far as you like, expecting to lose the trail and welcome even grander views of the entire Wenatchee River Valley. 

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your next Mount Hood adventure, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to snowshoeing essentials to get you started:

Snowshoes: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe

Cushioned, Made in USA, Ultralight, 98.8 oz

Men's • $299.95 • MSR | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $299.95 • MSR | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Jacket/Shell: Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket

Waterproof, Adjustable Drawcord Hem, Pit Zips, GORE-TEX

Men's • $431-475 • Arc'teryx | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $475 • Arc'teryx | Amazon | Backcountry

Pack: Mammut Nirvana Pro Pack 

35L, Carry-On Size, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Pole Loops, Hydration Compatible

Standard Fit • $189.95-199.95 • Mammut | Amazon | Backcountry

Small Fit • $199.95 • Mammut | Amazon

Insulating Layer: Moosejaw Dequindre Down Jacket

Water-resistant, Insulated, Adjustable Drawcord Hem

Men's and Women's • $179

Poles: Black Diamond Traverse Pole 

Aluminum, Adjustable with Lever Lock System, 21 oz.

$79.95 • Black Diamond | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Gloves: The North Face GORE-TEX Gloves

Waterproof, Adjustable, Insulated, GORE-TEX

Men's • $99.95-181.63 • The North Face | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $99.95-100.00 • The North Face | Backcountry

Boots: Vasque Snowblime UltraDry Boot

Waterproof, Cushioned, Insulated

Men's • $149.99 • Vasque | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $149.99 • Vasque | Amazon | Backcountry

Gaiters: Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiter 

Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Abrasion-resistant

Men's • $41.32-65 • Outdoor Research | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $49.95-65 • Outdoor Research | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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