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Necklace Valley Trail

Parent Category: Central Cascades
in Hiking
Created: 13 June 2014
Roundtrip: 16 mile
Elevation Gain: 3000 ft
Highest Point: 4600 ft
Features: Old growth, River, Lakes, Wildlife
Visitor’s Information:

Northwest Forest Pass Required

Photo from Central Cascades, Necklace ValleyPictures below will take you on a virtual tour along the trail! The views are perfect!

General Information:

Necklace Valley Trail is a 16-miles trail, which is located near Skykomish, Washington. This path runs through the dense forest and is considered to be difficult.

Photo from Central Cascades, Necklace Valley

It should be said that Necklace Valley Trail is mostly used for hiking and the best time to come here is a period from July till October. Hikers can choose either a one day hike and hike around the river, or they can choose to spend hiking several days and to visit the most beautiful and clear lakes.

If you choose to cross the river and continue your hike to the lakes, be prepared for climbing to the lakes. Most people stay at the river crossing for a night and continue their hike the next morning.

Photo from Central Cascades, Necklace Valley

When you come closely to the lakes, you will surely enjoy the beauty of the untouched valley and the lakes that really are situated as gems in a necklace. Even the names of the lakes are precious.

As we have already said, the beginning of the hike is very easy and the trail is well-maintained. It takes you through western Washington forest. Once the river is crossed, the trail climbs up very steeply. Sometimes you may even think that you wander from the track, but you need to continue.

Photo from Central Cascades, Necklace Valley

When you reach the 4,600 feet point, you will be amazed by the beauty of Jade Lake and then Emerald Lake and Opal Lake. All of them are precious, beautiful and full of crystal water.

Jade Lake is surrounded by granite cliffs. From Jade Lake, you will come to the Log Shelter that was built in the 1950s. Then the trail runs through the Necklace Valley, through its meadows that are located between the lakes.

It should be said that this region is very beautiful and hikers can spend not only hours, but days wandering here.

It is worth while mentioning that out team and the photographer were not able to finish the hike due to a great amount of snow. Experince shows that the best time to visit the hike is the middle of summer, and keep in mind that it is not one-day hike.

These pictures were taken on May 24, 2014


From US-2E/Stevens Pass Hwy

Go towards Snohomish/Wenatchee. Turn right onto Foss River Rd - FS Rd#68, and continue for 4.1 miles to the trailhead, a parking lot will be on the left. Look for Necklace Valley trail #1062.

Click on the map below to get the directions to the trailhead

Photo: Jason Conger

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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