Wyeth Trail to
||14.7 mile loop
||N: 45° 38' 34"
W: 121° 45' 23"
To Reach (From
Take I-84 eastbound,
49 miles to exit 51 (Wyeth), and turn into Wyeth Campground.
Located in the
Hatfield Wilderness, just west of Mt. Defiance, this trail is steep and
long, rising 3800 feet in 5.7 miles to North Lake, surrounded by forest,
and quite isolated. After the strenouous hike up, a dip will probably
sound nice! The trail offers wildflower meadows in summer, and wonderful
From the parking
area, hike up Gorton Creek to the junction with the Tanner Creek Trail.
Turn left, and continue across Harphan Creek. After 2.5 miles of
steep climbing, you'll come across a viewpoint of the Columbia River,
before dropping 100 feet into North Lake.
After your stay
at the lake, you can stay right at all the junctions to continue past
the Green Point Mountain viewpoint to complete the 14.7 mile loop.
When we hiked
this trail, the snow level was about 1500 feet. It was steep the
whole way, but the snow was so deep, that it made it even more difficult.
The trail was difficult to follow, as there had been fresh snowfall overnight,
and we ended up getting lost. We went up with the
Ptarmigans Outdoor Club,
during our Mountaineering Training Course, but we just couldn't stay on
the trail. We'd pick it up and lose it again as we wandered through
the forest. Because of this, the trail description here is very
vague, as we're not really sure what the trail is really like.
Before we ever
found the lake, we gave up and turned around. We were frustrated,
and people weren't sure they wanted to continue barreling into the snow-covered
woods. We headed back out the way we came, and thought to ourselves,
"come back later in the year next time!".
The day was cloudy
and snowing, so we weren't sure what views there might be, and because
everything was covered with snow, we weren't really sure what there might
be to see here, either.