After 0.2 mile, the trail travels through burned larch and pine forest (home to masses of busy woodpeckers) and lush meadows brimming with wildflowers. Less than a mile later, cross a bridge over an outlet creek, then bear right at the Y-junction to reach Clara Lake, a skinny and shallow mountain lake. At mile 1.1, the trail drops down to the spectacular Marion Lake where you may spot nesting grebes and mergansers ushering their young around the green waters. Drop your packs and stay for awhile, or turn around and return to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography
Trailhead: From Crawford Ave. and Mission St. in Wenatchee, WA, south on Mission St. In 1.1 miles, straight on Squilchuck Rd. In 6.4 miles, right at Mission Ridge Rd. In 1 mile, right at Beehive Rd./NF 9712 Rd. Follow 5.5 miles to pullout on left-hand side of road (marked with the trailhead sign).