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Year round playground


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Year round playground


No matter the season, there's activities galore in the mountains. Alpine Lakes High Camp is your gateway to abundant outdoor fun, no matter what your preferred recreation might be. Whether there's snow or dirt trails or fall foliage, we can guarantee you won't be bored. 

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winter


December - February

winter


December - February

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backcountry and cross-country skiing

Ski out the backdoor! Alpine Lakes High Camp sits at the hub of an elaborate 35-mile network of xc ski trails and access to tens of thousands of acres of backcountry skiing!

These highly scenic and well-marked trails offer a great variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced terrain, including off-trail slopes ideal for telemarking. Creating loop trips of differing lengths and ability levels is easy! Color, topographical maps of our trail system are provided to all guests.

Backcountry snowboarding/skiing is another winter activity that has greatly grown in popularity in recent years. Slopes immediately around Alpine Lakes High Camp range from gentle to challenging. Two well-marked routes lead backcountry skiers and snowboarders to the more challenging slopes of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Advanced skiers can either tackle the all day tour into the High Meadows with a maximum elevation of 7,300 feet, or enjoy the very popular half-day loop down through the open glades of McCue Ridge.

Skiing down to the parking lot at the end of a visit is another popular pastime at Alpine Lakes High Camp. Three different routes down the mountain work well for skiers of all ability levels. Of course, skiers who wish to ride down the mountain on one of our snowmobiles always have that option.

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snowshoeing, Fat tire biking, + Sledding

Even if you're not a skier or your body needs a break from hitting the slopes, there's a plethora of terrain to explore from Alpine Lakes High Camp.

Snowshoeing is becoming an increasingly popular activity at Alpine Lakes High Camp. The numerous scenic viewpoints in the region make great destinations for winter hikes on snowshoes, while providing a relaxing escape into the winter wonderland.

Fat Tire biking is another great option with an expanse of existing trails in place!

Sledding is also a common pastime around camp for kids (and adults) of all ages! Naturally located along a slight slope, you don't even need to leave camp to experience the snow.  Here you can find gentle child friendly slopes to more thrilling hills for the adventurous. 

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Spring


March - May

Spring


March - May

Spring skiing, fat tire biking, + exploring

Not ready to put the ski gear away? After other ski resorts have closed for the season, there's often still excellent spring skiing to be found at Alpine Lakes High Camp. Imagine being on skis in a tanktop enjoying a cold beer at the top of the trail - it doesn't get better than that! 

Due to Alpine Lakes High Camp's high altitude and location in the mountains, the seasons can be unpredictable. However, no matter the conditions, there's always a way to enjoy the terrain, especially when the first wildflowers of the season start to pop up and the creek comes back to life. 

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summer


June - August

summer


June - August

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hiking

The clear, sunny Indian summer weather makes just being at Alpine Lakes High Camp a pleasure. Take a nap in the hammock, play a game of horseshoes, feed the birds, walk up the hill to pick a handful of huckleberries or sit around the campfire telling stories and counting shooting stars.

However, if you're looking for some exercise, there are eight distinctively different hikes, varying in length from 2 to 11 miles, that lead directly from Alpine Lakes High Camp to several rewarding destinations. Six of the hikes lead the backcountry traveler into spectacular scenery of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Fishing is excellent in all of the lakes in the region, and due to the proximity of alpine lakes, an inflatable paddleboard is never a bad option as well. Wilderness permits are available for hikers in the day lodge at Alpine Lakes High Camp.

  • Sunset Meadow and Nature Trail – 1.5 miles round trip
  • Inspiration Lookout and Stegosaurus Rock – 2 miles round trip
  • McCue Ridge – 3.5 miles
  • Lake Julius and Loch Eileen – 6 miles round trip
  • Chiwaukum Lake – 6 miles round trip
  • Lake Donald and The High Meadows – 8 miles round trip
  • Lake Ethel – 9 miles round trip
  • Larch Lake – 10 miles round trip
  • McWaukum Scramble – 10 miles round trip
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mountain biking - coming in 2018

Welcome to mountain biking paradise. With a network of biking trails easily accessible for every skill level, it's a good thing the days are longer. This is a whole new way to experience the epic scenery surrounding Alpine Lakes High Camp. And if you're still not satisfied after several days of riding, bike down a 6.5 mile singletrack straight to your car at base camp. What better way to cap off your stay in the mountains. 

Stay tuned for trail map updates and details. 

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fall


September - November

fall


September - November

mountain biking + hiking

Trail season isn't over yet - there's just a picturesque change of landscape and scenery as the autumn colors emerge. Wildflowers still abound in late August and early September along with the warm weather. Brilliant fall colors begin their month-long display in mid-September and the dramatic changing of the larch trees begins in early October. Wilderness permits are available for hikers in the day lodge at Alpine Lakes High Camp.