Want to see a beautiful Alpine Lake with amazing scenery. You also have access to nearby Lakes and Peaks, so make sure to bring a camera and a sense of adventure

The trail to West Oval Lake begins at the Eagle Creek Trailhead, outside of Twisp, Washington. Follow the Eagle Creek trail for 1.9 miles until the trail splits. Take the left fork for Oval Creek and Oval Lakes. The trail continues winding through thick forest for approximately 4 more miles before steeply switchbacking for the last mile. The trail splits again, this time take the right fork. The turn can be easy to miss if you happen to be hiking "in the zone", so keep an eye peeled. After taking the right fork, West Oval Lake will quickly come into view. There are great camping sites all around the lake. A welcome amenity is a marked pit toilet (but remember to bring your own T.P. and biodegradable soap).

West Oval Lake is a great destination in and of itself, but it is also a terrific spot to make a base camp. There are many nearby lakes and peaks that are great to hike to. Bring a map, and day hike to Tuckaway Lake, Gray Peak, Courtney Peak, Star Lake, and many other scenic spots.

West Oval Lake is a popular destination during the summer months. Visiting in fall, or on weekdays during the busy season is advised to avoid crowds.

There is plenty of water available, but be sure to bring a filter or stove to make sure your water is potable. As always, practice leave no trace ethics to make sure that this alpine gem stays pristine and clean for others to enjoy.

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Food
  • Weather appropriate clothes
  • Water filter
  • Camera
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RT Distance 14 Miles
Elevation Gain 4100 Feet
Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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