Dewey Lake Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Enumclaw, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from July until October.
Quite icy in late October! It's a narrow trail so it's a bit scary without good boots. Wound up on this trail although we meant to take Naches Loop. Still good fun, but had to turn around and hike the highway back because of the condition and daylight fading fast.
We did this with our 4 daughters, ages 10, 8, 5, and 2.5 and loved it. One of my new favorite hikes. We stopped and lunched at the smaller lake on the right, and took a dip in the lake to cool off. The views on the hike back were breathtaking!
Gorgeous and worth a fairly intense hike back up from the lake. Too bad it's so popular - we were kept awake by rowdy campers down the way from us. Beauty A+ / Peace and quiet C-
it was peaceful and quiet.
hiked down to the lake and hungout for about an hour. Than hiked around the lake and back up. Crazy pretty views. And the lake was crystal!
Great views and photo ops on the way up. Leg burner heading back up from the lake. We stayed one night. Managed to catch a couple of fish too!
Gorgeous, even when covered in fog and clouds. Not too many people on PCT early in the morning. It picked up around lunch time. The trail was moderate as advertised...if you leave early enough you could make a good run of it.
Quite a few people no matter what day it is. Great trail and dogs are welcome if your only doing the Tipsoo Loop. The weather kind of set in on us once we started down the back side to the lake so I'll have to do it again when it's sunny. Little kids were all over this trail too. Lots of campers.
Again, please encourage people to pack out what they pack in. We came across a couple of camps where people just left gear and trash that they obviously didn't care about using again or throwing away. That's too bad....
VERY popular! Very VERY popular!!! Trails are well groomed, and there are plenty of photo ops along the way. Parking at Tipsoo Lake, follow the Naches Loop sign. There's a marker a few yards in directing you to Dewey Lake. About 1 hour drive out of Enumclaw up Hwy 410.
Nice hike, not hard but lots of people so solitude is out of the question.
**Dogs NOT allowed on most-popular route.
Don't miss this trail. Stunning views, forests, meadows, pristine lakes. It's hard to ask for more from a day hike.
There are 3 ways to get to Dewey Lakes: 1) from the PCT starting at the top of Chinook Pass, 2) from the Naches Loop Trail starting at Tipsoo Lake, and 3) a much longer out-and-back from the Mesatchee Creek Trail (#969) and the main Dewey Lake Trail (#968) starting at 410 just east of the winter road block (accessible year-round).
**Option 1 starts in Rainier National Park where dogs are not allowed. If you have dogs, start at the top of Chinook on the PCT and take Option 2. That said, Option 1 is the most scenic as you get spectacular views of the volcano for the first 1.5 miles or so.
My wife and I started with Option 1 and finished at Option 2, then took the connector trail past Tipsoo Lake back to the car (an additional 1/2 mile or so). We hiked in early July, and there were plenty of wildflowers but we were past the most spectacular blooming period.
Great hike but if the wind wasn't blowing the Mosquitos would carry you away.
Good little hike. Didn't do the loop though. Hiked some of the spine of the mountains. Very steep grades. Took my dog. He did well. We also climbed to the tall point that sits above the lake. I wouldn't suggest. Very steep and dangerous. A lot taller than it looks
We tried this trail over Memorial Day weekend. Usually this is way too early for this hike, but with the low snow year, we thought that we would give it a try. We met up with a ranger in the parking lot who recommended the south trail to the lake because the north trail was pretty dangerous due to icy snow conditions. The trail was mostly snow covered for the first 1.5 miles and the trail was hard to find at times. Once we reached the top of the ridge and started hiking down to the lake, the trail was clear and only occasional snow. There was snow around the lake, but we were able to find some dry places to camp.
I have hike here twice and it will be a regular event for me every year. It still had a few snow patches in July and was covered in snow about 2-3 feet in October. The trail goes along the side about half way before coming to a flat area overlooking the lake. Then is zigzags down to the lake the other half. There are two lakes connected by a stream. There are a few large group camping sites when you get there. There are some marshy area so that means mosquitoes at certain times of the year. There are trails around the lake and it is part of the Pacific Crest Trail if you want to continue to hike. I watched hawks fishing in the lake and fish jumping in the lake. There maybe a lot of people at the begins at it is also part of the Naches Loop but most of them don't make it down to the lake. Its a very nice place for a relaxing weekend of camping.