Bear Lake Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, WA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November.
Directions from Verlot: Travel east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. 4.5 miles. Turn right on the Schweitzer Creek Road #4020 and continue 2.3 miles to Bear Lake Road #4021. Turn right onto this road and continue for 3.4 miles to the trailhead.
Spontaneously decided to go for a hike with my best friend in the morning and researched a few easy hikes... (he's not a big hiker) Stumbled upon this one and thought we'd give it a go. The drive up to the trail was pretty sketchy with a lot of sharp rocks on the narrow road with pretty deep and hidden potholes. Besides the scary drive up it was a nice, short hike to the lake. It just so happened to be snowing as we drove up and hiked to the lake which was pretty neat! Overall, would hike again someday... but drive up with a truck instead a Honda civic....
The drive up to the trailhead had lots of potholes, and very narrow roads. Once we got to the trail head there was barely any hills and it was about a ten minute walk. A beautiful little lake and well worth all the potholes on the drive up
Nice and short, strait to the point. A lake. Even in November it was beautiful. Fallen trees, branches and leaves all over. It was a beautiful hike. Pack a lunch and have yourself a picnic, relax and enjoy the view. Took the dog as well. Definitely doing this again during the spring and summer.
Short hike up to beautiful lake. Has a couple of primitive camp sites and a toilet. We heard owls and saw a tiny toad. The road up is gravel, but well maintained. Forest road 4020, then turn right onto 4021 to end. Pinnacle and Ashland are on 4021 as well.
Very amazing. Long drive. Went to hike pinnacle and had to see bear while we were there.
The family had a nice hike out to Bear Lake. The trail is very easy and short. We brought our inflatable raft and fished from it and on shore. Caught 4 trout between 6 and 8 inches. When we were done fishing we swam, the water is still a little cold but it felt great on a hot day!
The road is washed out so you have to walk about a mile on a gravel road to reach the trailhead. (The washouts are steep but there is room to pass on foot. Once you have reached the trail head it is a short, level stroll through the woods to a great picnic spot for the family.