Jade Lake 4620′

This is the first lake you’ll come to on your travels up the Necklace Valley. It may be diminutive, but it’ll be a sight for sore eyes after the hike in.


Challenge: maintained trail, yds-2

Distance: (from trailhead) 7.5mi + –

Elevation gain: 3000-ish’

Follow the Necklace Valley trail #1062 along the east fork of the Foss River.

The trail gives up elevation slowly until it takes off like a rocket about five miles in.

After that thigh burning climb, the trail will dump you off at the north end of the lake.

Fishing in the clouds


There are a couple established campsites at either end of the lake and a few others can be found scattered about.

You can expect these sites to fill up fast on a busy weekend…


While Jade may not be the biggest lake, it does hold fish.

Small cutthroats were abundant during my last visit.

The main trail skirts the east side of Jade Lake providing fishing access along its length.


A self issued backcountry permit is required for travel in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

You’ll need A NW trail pass to park at the Necklace Valley trailhead.

For more information visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mbs/


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