This trail climbs upward to splendid views of the winter snow-crusted mountains. It makes for a great snowshoeing journey. This is not a popular route so chances are you will have the whole area to yourself. Follow road #7905 and start climbing. Stay right at a junction that you’ll come to after about a mile. Keep climbing and shortly you’ll reach a saddle, follow the spur road to the right (road #7905-111) and climb to a small lake. If you’d rather see views, don’t follow the spur to the lake but continue on the main road. In a short while you’ll encounter another junction, stay right. Soon you’ll arrive at the Lake Augusta Trailhead. Follow the rough trail past the trailhead to catch views of the Wenatchee River Valley. This section is normally safe but can be avalanche prone after heavy snowfalls, so be very cautious. This trail was named by Albert Hale “Hal” Sylvester, the first Supervisor of the Wenatchee National Forest, in 1912. In the early 1900s the State had a small fish hatchery along the Wenatchee River here. That hatchery was abandoned after the Davis Lumber Company damned the river in Leavenworth to form a log pond.
Directions to Trailhead
From Leavenworth, start your odometer after you pass the gas station on the corner of Icicle Road and Highway 2 West. Drive 8.6 miles on Hwy 2 West and go left on Hatchery Creek Road #7905 (it's just after you go over the Wenatchee River Bridge). The parking area is right next to the highway. If you go past Tumwater Campground, you've gone too far by about 400 feet. From Stevens Pass, travel Highway 2 East for 26.2 miles and go left on Hatchery Creek Road #7905.