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Dirtyface Peak, WA

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 4.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,071 feet
Elevation Gain 3,900 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,979 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.56
Interest Perennial Waterfall, Perennial Creek & Peak
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5  2021-06-21 GrangerGuy
Author GrangerGuy
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Routes 24
Photos 152
Trips 23 map ( 255 miles )
Age 64 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  4:42am - 7:36pm
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Feel the Burn
by GrangerGuy

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The Dirty Face Trail #1500 climbs relentlessly from Lake Wenatchee to the site of a former lookout. The trail is excellent, smooth, and well-maintained. There is a pretty waterfall along the way, and the views from the summit are beautiful. This hike opens up early in the season due to the southern exposure.

The Hike
Dirty Face or Dirtyface? Both names are used, sometimes in the same document. The trail is clearly listed on the Forest Service web page as Dirty Face Trail, and the USGS uses Dirty Face in geologic documents.

While some hikes in Washington are notorious for high numbers of visitors, we only saw one person on a Monday. So, if you want to get away from the hordes and have a beautiful hike, this is an excellent choice. It is a great early season hike.

The hike starts from a parking lot just above the Lake Wenatchee ranger station. There is a toilet at the parking lot and plenty of parking. A little picnic table in the parking lot even provides a nice space to cool down after the return trip.

Upon leaving the parking lot, the trail immediately begins its relentless climb. It is never unreasonably steep but hardly ever levels out, either. Nearly 4000 feet of climb in just over 4 miles to the summit makes for the high difficulty rating, but we three 60+ hikers did the climb in 3 hours.

The tread is smooth dirt almost the whole way. Those of us used to rocky Arizona trails will appreciate the smooth surface. The area is recovering from a fire in 2005, so trees continue to fall across the trail. I counted about 10 trees at the time of writing this guide, but all were easily surmounted. There were a couple of muddy spots, but overall, this is a beautiful trail.

As you are climbing up through quite an elevation change, overall the flower season is long. In June, we encountered a huge variety of flowers during our climb. Snowbrush Ceanothus dominates much of the way up. But you will find beautiful Tiger Lilies and Penstemons, as well as thimbleberry in-season.

As you climb, you will encounter a pretty waterfall. You switchback away from it and then eventually cross the creek above it.

The trail picks up a long-abandoned road a little farther along, which has a much easier slope. With the beautiful flowers, walking this road is like walking through someone's garden. The trail follows the road for one switchback. As you depart the road, you pay the penalty for its gentleness as the trail steepens again and continues its relentless climb.

The higher you get, the more impressive the views. First, Lake Wenatchee and Nason Ridge. Then Fish Lake with its algae-covered west end. Then more distant peaks of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness come into view. Finally, at the summit, you get a spectacular 360-degree view, with summits in every direction.

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This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.

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2021-06-22 GrangerGuy

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    Wenatchee Forest
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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Seattle, take I-5 north to Everett, then take US-2 east to Coles Corner. Turn left on Washington 207 (signs for Plain), follow it north to Lake Wenatchee and along the north shore of the lake. The ranger station and trailhead are on the right, approximately 5 miles after the intersection with Chumstick Highway. There is a short dirt road to the trailhead parking lot just before the ranger station. This road is passable by any car.
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