Big Tree Trail | Chesaw, WA | Hike of the Week
Big Tree trail
An ideal outing for those interested in a lower-key adventure which is wheelchair accessible. Expect a rich variety of both flora and fauna.
Sensible walking shoes, a camera, some water, and a sense of wonder will come in handy as this short loop trail provides educational signage, benches, and an ‘up close and personal’ encounter with two 900-year old Western Larch trees. To learn more about this trail visit the Forest Service page!
The trail takes off just opposite the old Lost Lake Guard Station at the Lost Lake Campground entrance. Follow the well marked trail for one mile to the Big Tree Botanical Trailhead and Interpretive Site. The trail then continues for another 0.7 miles around a loop.
From Tonasket drive east on State Route 20 for 24 miles to a left turn onto Bonaparte Lake Rd. Continuing onto FS #32 for 2.2 miles, you will reach a left turn at FS #50 (Great signage at this intersection.) 3.6 miles will bring you to FS #33 and the entrance to Lost Lake Campground.
Don't forget to dip your toes at the water's edge of Lost Lake and keep an eye out for the loons! A family of 2 adults and 2 chicks have recently been spotted spending their time near the south end of the lake.
The Common Loon (Gavia immer) is a summer resident around Bonaparte, Blue, and Lost Lakes in the Okanogan. These three lakes are part of 13 lakes in the state that lead fishing tackle is banned to help protect the loon population where they breed and rear their young.
Read more about this unique waterfowl on the WDFW's webpage!