Lake Isabel Trail is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
I'm not beginner hiker. But I have to say it's toughest hike I've done. the trail is hard to find and follow. the last part of the trail is very steep. it took us more than 2 hours to reach the lake. Made it back to my car right before complete dark. me and my dogs are exhausted. we saw only one hiker on the logging road returning after failed attempt to find the trail.
It is an adventure!
It was definitely an adventure as we set off on a very rainy day. At the end of the gravel road, just as you enter the forest, there is a trail to your right, heading uphill. That trail will take you all the way up to the top. There will be times when you think you can't find the trail because you're crossing rocky streams, walking up rocky hills, climbing over or going under downed overgrown trees, etc...but the trail is there. You just have to look ahead and also take the time to look for the ribbons to guide you. It's a fun and challenging hike to be sure and the rain doubled the adventure. We were muddy, wet and cold when we reached the lake but we screamed in triumphed at having accomplished such a feat. You will be climbing straight up in the end, grabbing at roots. Be careful if it's wet, it can get quite slippery, especially on the way down. Awesome hike if you like the challenge!
Hard to follow, scrambling at the end.
This is my favorite sub alpine lake. The trail is cool too it is an adventure and I love that it is rugged and the road less traveled!
Lots of uphill! Do NOT PACK an 18 pack of beer. Even if it was on sale for cheaper than a 12 pack. First part is steady switchbacks of uphill gravel, then you get to the actual trailhead. The rest is even more uphill. Then you hit the falls that are below the lake. Then surprise! Even steeper uphill. Which is hand over hand grabbing roots to get up the last stretch. Then you get to the top and forget everything. Absolutely beautiful with good fishing. Well worth the hike that I have done twice now. Also trail is very crude and your guessing the last 1/3 of the way if your on the trail. Different color ribbons mark different paths, follow those. Recommended GPS. P.s. don't bring an 18 pack of beer. And if it looks slippery, IT IS.
Very rough hike. Loose terrain, overgrown bushes with devils weed and sticker bushes,
Slippery rocks, and A LOT of up hill that's really hard on the way up. If you do decide to go on this hike be prepared to literally clime a mountain straight up. It's hard, but when you get to the top there's some good camping sites next to the water. Not recommended for people who haven't hiked before. The trail itself sucked really bad (which explains the rating) but when you get to the lake it's really beautiful.