Deer Lake (Yakima County)

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joetucker803
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Deer Lake (Yakima County)

Post by joetucker803 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:36 pm

Deer Lake is another wonderful alpine lake, and very easy hike (roughly four miles round trip). It is a fairly large Lake located off the Pacific Crest Trail off of White Pass. Reaching the PCT to the lake is pretty easy. Just East of White Pass (on the East Side of Leech Lake), is FS499. This paved road winds around to a small campground around leech lake, along with some parking by the trail (see included topo view).

The only semi challenging part of the hike is the initial half mile, but even a person that is out of shape could complete this task. From here, the trail flattens out and is quite scenic. Deer Lake is not directly off of the PCT, there is a small spur trail that leads to it (maybe .10 miles from the Crest trail to the actual lake). Once again, see included topo for this part of the trail. The spur trail is very recognizable, and you'll know you have reached it at about two miles in. There will be a very large open meadow to your right hand side. When you find the meadow, keep an eye out for the spur trail to your left.

The lake is beautiful and has easy shore access for fishing. To my knowledge the lake holds Cutthroat and Rainbows. I have only made this trip once, however, and it was fall. I was very happy to catch a very nice Cutthroat out of this alpine lake! Elevation is almost 5300 feet, so dress accordingly and bring mosquito repellent.

Mike, this one is in Yakima County as well, in case you want to add it to the index.
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What you can expect
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where to look for spur trail
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parking and trail head
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Re: Deer Lake (Yakima County)

Post by joetucker803 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:38 pm

A few other relevant photos.
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Look for spur trail at this big meadow
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the lake

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cwbraue
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Re: Deer Lake (Yakima County)

Post by cwbraue » Thu May 28, 2015 6:52 am

It has Cutthroat and Brook trout, I didn't catch any rainbows when I was there last year.

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