This is a steep hike to an alpine jewel surrounded by craggy peaks and talus slopes filled with whistling marmots. This trail is steep and dry with some exposed areas, so bring lots of water and sunscreen. The lake can be quite buggy in the summer. Hike Merritt Lake Trail #1588 steeply for 2.5 miles to a junction. Go right as the left fork leads to Rock Lake.  The trail begins to flatten somewhat here. Another 0.5 miles and you'll reach the lake.  Expect fast fishing for Eastern Brook Trout.  Take a few fish home for frying up.

Getting here:

From Everett head east on US Hwy 2 for 65 miles to Stevens Pass. Continue east for another 11.3 miles turning left onto Forest Road 657 (near mile post 76). From Leavenworth head west on US 2 for 23 miles.  Proceed 1.6 miles on FR 657, reaching the trailhead at the end of the road.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Chelan
Acreage: 5.50 ac.
Elevation: 5027 ft.
TRS: T27R15E SEC25
Center: 47.805934, -120.913651
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: MERRITT LK (CHEL)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jun 18, 1999 Eastern Brook Trout 350 25 CHELAN HATCHERY
Jun 16, 1998 Eastern Brook Trout 300 100 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 29, 1998 Eastern Brook Trout 155 31 CHELAN HATCHERY
Jun 12, 1997 Eastern Brook Trout 175 25 CHELAN HATCHERY


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