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Lake Clara: Year round mellow hike near Wenatchee
Posted On August 28, 2020
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Lake Clara is a lovely little lake a short and mellow year round hike from the Mission Ridge parking lot near Wenatchee. This is a great outing for the whole family to enjoy the forest and a small lake. The trail is almost 3.5 miles round trip with 900 feet of elevation gain.
Lake Clara is on the homeland of the Yakama and Wenatchi people.
Parking Pass: None!
Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
Is the Lake Clara Hike right for me?
This is a great hike for the whole family and one that gets you out in the forest and climbing gently to a small lake year round.
When is a good time to hike to Lake Clara?
This hike is accessible and enjoyable year round, but it’s especially beautiful in the fall when the golden larch trees surround the lake. This is one of the easier larch hikes (along with Blue Lake and Cutthroat Lake) in Washington.
This is also a wonderful snowshoe outing!
In the summer find many wildflowers along the trail.
Where is Lake Clara?
The Lake Clara trail starts in the parking lot for the Mission Ridge Ski Area near Wenatchee.
Starting from the Mission Ridge Ski Area parking lot, find the trailhead on the opposite side of the parking lot from the lifts.
You’ll quickly begin climbing up a hillside with switchbacks through the forest. Half a mile in, you’ll cross another trail, keep going straight.
In a bit under half a mile, after crossing a creek, you’ll come to another trail where you head left and arrive at Lake Clara very quickly!
This is a great place to relax and enjoy the lake. If you want to go farther, in another third of a mile you’ll arrive at another small lake, Marion Lake.
However far you go, stay as long as you like before returning the way you came to your car.
Fast charging is available in Wenatchee, but make sure you have enough range to get there! If it’s a longer road trip, make sure to check the stations between where you’re traveling from and Wenatchee or Chelan. I use Plugshare for trip planning in my EV.
Hi! I'm Jennie. I’m a fourth generation Seattleite who lived in Alaska for 7 years. I've been a tour guide in both Alaska and Washington and I love to share the places I love with visitors, newcomers and my fellow locals. I’m so glad to have you along on the journey to experience your best low key adventure in Washington, Alaska and Western Canada!