Waptus, Pete, & Cooper Lakes

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May 21, 2016 - May 23, 2016

An early season loop through lower Alpine Lakes.

Starting at Salmon La Sac trailhead up along the roaring Waptus river to Waptus Lake for the first night. Next day climbed up to Waptus Pass crossing many snowbanks and frozen streams. A bit of GPS navigation needed to find my way along the snow-covered trails.

Down the pass to Pete Lake for the 2nd night. Enjoyed prime spot along the popular lake with no crowds to bother me. Last day hiked along Cooper River and past Cooper Lake to close the loop.

DifficultyClass 1
Distance~30 miles
Highest ElevationWaptus Pass (4200 ft)
JurisdictionAlpine Lakes Wilderness
TrailheadSalmon La Sac