Independence Lake Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.
Directions from Verlot: Travel 15 miles east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. Then turn left on the Coal Lake Road #4060 and continue 4.8 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.
A Five Star if you go on past the lake and up to the saddle where you can drop down to North Lake. If you go to the saddle, the one way distance is about 1.6 miles, and the elevation gain from the lake to the saddle is about 1100 feet. The views and the hike up sre worth it!
Most of the approach to the lake is traveling on a gravel road. I rode my mountain bike up the road and left it for only the last half mile which is actually a trail. The lake is crystal clear and the logs floating on the surfice when I was their made for some nice pictures.