Flapjack Lakes Trail is a 14.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
From Hoodsport, west 9 miles on Lake Cushman Road to Forest Service Road 24. Turn left and drive 6.5 miles to Staircase Ranger Station and the trailhead.
Good hike overall. Agree with what has been stated. First 3.5-4 miles are a breeze. The last 4 are fairly steep. Bring lots of water, especially on hot days. I went through over 3L on a warm day. The lakes at the top are pretty serene, but there are so many flies and mosquitos around them that I ended up leaving a bit hastily. The way down is much easier/ faster per usual. Good hike, but not my favorite. Ideal if you are looking for a lower traffic challenging moderate hike with decent views.
First hour or so is a very easy trek. There are A LOT of mosquitoes, flies, and bees on this trail so just be cautious and ready for that.
The last 4 miles or so you're just on an upward ascent.
For what it's worth, I never take for granted views that nature has to offer but this one was sub-par for the work you put into it.
Absolutely beautiful! Bring bug spray because the bugs were thick at the lakes in August. Also bring a swimsuit for the lakes to take a swim on hot days.
Tough hike for your average run of the mill hiker. Beautiful area beautiful lake. First 4 miles are very easy then the last 4 miles are straight up with not many level spots. If you are just beginning at backpacking and not conditioned well it's most likely not for you. Starting off on an easier trail would make things more enjoyable and then work your way up to this one. Not many views (good views from what I hear are another mile and a half up the trail and another 1k incline). Mountain blueberries were plentiful and delicious this time of year.
Did this as my first hike! Went all the way up and hit too much snow and ice to finish the last .15 miles to the lakes. Awesome and worthwhile day hike for sure or camp for the day.
My very first hike ever. We arrived at the trailhead 10:30 pm on July 31st. Hiked the 7.5 miles through the night underneath the blue moon. The lake was very warm, swimming was fantastic. All in all a very good experience, I am hooked! Absolutely worth it.
I agree with the other reviews, the first half is easy and not challenging at all. once you reach the junction however things get alot more interesting with a constant steady climb and rougher terrain the higher you get. Once you get there the lake is clear with plenty of fish constantly jumping out the water. Bear canisters and wire are required if you are staying up there but only saw a deer hanging out with me all day. I think it had been getting fed because it was not afraid one bit and kept coming into my camp site. Good hike and a nice cardio workout.
Hiked up with party of 6 relatively new hikers ranging from 11 years to 40. We covered the first 4 miles of the skykomish river trail in about 2 hours. The remaining 4 steep miles took us approximately 5 hours as it becomes progressively more steep than the first four miles with a few undulations in between. The lake, the star gazing, and the fish are ample reward for this ambitious 2-day overnight. I want to go back and do it again. Will bring a trout pole next time. Tons of fish and not very many people up this high.
so after looking up so many reviews, seeing so many different milage for the trail, and really not knowing what i was getting into, i came to find it is 16 miles and the first four are super easy now that last half mile has a 500ft elevation gain on a trail that isn't cleared very well. The satisfaction you get through it all is completely worth the 3,117 ft elevation change within the entire hike. You get to enjoy 3 waterfalls with old growth forests on top of the lakes, which were amazing. I've heard they become quit busy during the summer but there wasn't a soul there when i went which added so much to the experience. Happy trail exploring. BTW not dog friendly!
First 4 miles were a walk in the park, next 4 miles get a bit tougher. Great views and great hike. Payoff off the beautifully secluded lakes and scenery.
I really like this trail. Lots of great memories here. Especially getting up early to watch the sunrise at Gladys Divide. Lots of lowbush and highbush blueberries. Brown trout are easy to spot in the crystal clear lakes.
Very nice hike for beginners. Well maintained trail, would definitely do it again.
If you're planning on going up in November, the trail stays dry a good portion of the way up. Once you hit snow, as you would expect, the difficulty level goes up a ways. A great trail, would do it again. Probably a good choice in mid-season for backpackers with a little less experience. The trail was well marked all the way up and the lake was beautiful.