With sunny skies and warmer weather on the way, we can't help but dream of summer. If you're making a bucket list of the best places to visit, you've got to add this one to the top. Jade Lake in Washington is a dreamy alpine lake experience that will take you high above the clouds. 

Your picturesque journey will begin at the Deception Pass Trailhead parking lot in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

You'll need to pay a $10 day use fee to access the trail. If you'd like to extend your stay, you can camp at the top too.

This difficult trek is approximately 10.5 miles each way, so make sure you're prepared before heading out. While the hike is long, it's one hundred percent worth the effort.

Follow the winding trail through multiple river crossings and plenty of jaw-dropping views.

Prepare to get your feet wet!

As you make your way through the forest, you will catch gorgeous views of the valley below and can enjoy all the sounds of nature.

Jade Lake and it's incredible emerald water will greet you with snow-covered rock faces and white fields on either side.

You can swim in the cerulean blue water (beware, it's very chilly) and admire the endless flowing streams and waterfalls flowing into the lake.

It's truly magnificent.

There are plenty of places where you can lounge along the rocks and soak up a little sun. If you're in the mood for a picnic, nothing beats these views.

Once you're done swimming, there's plenty more to explore. 

Should you want a view from the top, you can continue along the trail to a scenic cliff bluff to the left of Tip Top Gap. Yes, that's its real name.

Ready to go? Don't forget your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure.

Jade Lake

Price: $10 day use fee to access the trail

Location: Deception Pass Trailhead; Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, WA

Why You Should Go: You can take a swim in a glacier lake above the clouds. 

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Editor's Note: Overnight fee permits are required in the Enchantments area of this Wilderness from June 15 to October 15. In all other areas self-issue permits are available at trailheads.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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