Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide Monogram Lake
link

Monogram Lake

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
View map below

Length

9.8 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 4675 ft.
Highest Point: 5719 ft.

Rating

3.44 out of 5

(9 votes) Log in to rate
 
 
 
 

This gem of an alpine lake, situated in a cirque beneath the glaciated summit of Little Devil Peak, is ringed by verdant meadows and frequented by resident wildlife.

Initially sharing tread with the hikers heading to Lookout Mountain, the path toward jewel-colored Monogram Lake immediately begins ascending steeply through a seemingly endless series of switchbacks. Climbing the ridge between Lookout and Monogram Creeks, rushing water is heard but not seen, and views are limited to the thick forest lining both sides of the trail.

At 2.5 miles, reach the first reliable water source. After slogging upwards nearly 2,400 feet to reach this creek, you’ll want to take a few minutes to fill your water bottles and splash your face with the refreshing water. Just 0.3 miles beyond the creek, reach a junction. The Lookout Mountain Trail veers left; stay right to continue on to the lake. Shortly after the trail splits, you'll cross the boundary into North Cascades National Park.

The trail continues upward, and a mile beyond the park boundary, a creek crossing offers another chance to replenish your water supply. Rejoice as you break out of the thick tree cover and enter the splendid world of subalpine meadows.

Stunted hemlocks punctuate the lush green meadows, and brightly colored wildflowers, like glacier lilies and pink heather, bloom in season. In less than a half mile, crest a ridge and take in the expansive mountain views. 500 feet below and 0.7 miles away, sits sparkling Monogram Lake at the base of jagged Little Devil Peak.

A quick descent brings you to the meadowed shore of the lake. Relax along the lake shore; you’ve earned it! Just remember to tread lightly and camp only in designated sites in order to preserve this delicate subalpine environment.

WTA Pro Tip: Overnight camping at the lake requires a national park wilderness permit and a bear canister.

 

Monogram Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5370, -121.2940 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Lookout Mountain (#743), Monogram Lake (#743.1)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District

See weather forecast

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Marblemount No. 47 map

Getting There

From Marblemount on Highway 20, drive seven miles east on Cascade River Road to the trailhead.

 

You can improve or add to this guidebook entry

Monogram Lake

77 Trip Reports

Hiked here recently?

Submit a trip report!
 
Trip Reports