|Mosquito Mountain-a highlight of the Wrangle Creek Loop|
Wrangle Creek Loop Vitals: 32 Miles, 5190 feet total elevation gain
Lake Creek Loop Vitals: 29.3 Miles, 4,549 feet total elevation gain
The Lake Creek and Wrangle Creek trails in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness provide two options for what may be the Rattlesnake’s most spectacular loop run (29 and 32 miles respectively). The routes start at the main Rattlesnake trailhead, either ascending Stuart Peak in the clockwise direction or climbing up past Franklin Bridge in the counterclockwise variation and splitting off at the forks of Rattlesnake Creek and the Wilderness boundary 14.5 miles into the run. The Lake Creek Route is about three miles shorter than the Wrangle Creek route, but features a grueling climb right at the forks through a prominent notch in the cliffs above. It eventually leads into a basin with numerous stream crossings, passing an old prospector’s cabin and skirting a handful of lakes along the way. A final climb leads up out of the basin to the ridge leading toward Stuart Peak and the familiar descent.
|A prospector's cabin provides a welcome diversion on the Lake Creek Loop|
|Lake Creek Loop|
|Some Strava data from the Wrangle Creek Loop. Lots of lakes, lots of mountains.|
|Elevation profile for the Wrangle Creek Loop, clockwise. The high point is Mosquito Mountain.|