Coal Lake Trail to North Lake is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.
The Trail to North Lake begins off the trail to Independence Lake. The trail continues up the hillside in a steep climb, when you reach the first ridge continue east until you reach a second ridge with views of Glacier Peak, with North Lake lying in a basin 700 hundred feet below.
had a great time and love the view from the road
The road up to coal lake was a big sketch. Deep pot holes, trees down in road - can still make it around, steep mountain road.. Not for the faint of heart (me)! Only made it to Coal Lake. Short 3 min walk from parking lot. Beautiful lake with trout.. Nice and peaceful.
Hike this trail today. Kicked our butts. Would love to know the elevation gain. It was pretty good until we got about half way and then there were some icy spots. Up at the top towards the second ridge it was deep snow. There was no trail you just follow someone else's steps up to the top ridge where you can look down on North Lake. Didn't look like anyone hiked down the lake. I uploaded some pictures from the hike today.
Be warned, the trailhead is inaccessible. There is atleast one patch of snow blocking the road that is 18" or so deep and 100yd long. My ford ranger 4.0l couldn't get through. It should be cleared in a few weeks. I'll try again in a month. Good luck
The fog lifted just in time as we approached the second ridge. Glacier Peak in the distance and North Lake lying in a basin 700 hundred feet below was so beautiful. There is so much more to explore.
The hike wasn't difficult and the lake was clear with an attractive mountain backdrop. This is a great place to hike to eat lunch or just relax by the a lake.