I had heard about Thorp Lake and Thorp Mountain over the years, but had never hiked to either. Early in August a few years ago, I decided to hike to an overlook of Thorp Lake on Kachess Ridge. The trailhead isn’t too far from the city of Cle Elum, a good stepping-off place for hikes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
It was a very hot day as I began the hike out of the Knox Creek Basin on steep, exposed slopes. Soon I was spotting butterflies almost every where I looked, and an interesting moth too.
After a couple of miles I reached the Kachess Ridge Trail. In one-quarter mile the Thorp Lake overlook was found. It was a pretty spot at 5,300 feet. The lake was about 500 feet below the trail and Mt. Stewart was in the background.
On the way back to the trailhead I continued to spot even more butterflies. What a fun place to visit.