Surprise Creek Trail to Surprise and Glacier Lakes

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Surprise Creek Trail to Surprise and Glacier Lakes is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.3 miles 2867 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips






wild flowers


From Everett, E on US 2 to mile marker 58. Right on FSR 840, bear left on FSR 840, cross Tye River, cross railroad tracks, bear Right to stay on FSR 840. Trailhead is in 0.4 miles

4 days ago


11 days ago


Great much to see on the way up. We did this trail in the middle of the day during 80• recommend a cooler day or starting off early. Surprise lake was clear and beautiful and just what I needed. We took a dip to cool down as soon as we got there. Plenty of hiking around both lakes and plenty of camping spots. Loved it and will go back soon.

2 months ago

7 months ago

Great trail...

11 months ago


Great Hike, Beautiful Forest and rushing waters. Surprise Lake is serene, then short hike to Glacier Lake where we did an overnighter. Amazing scenery. Across the lake is Spark plug Mountain with lots of talus fields down to the water's edge. Around 3:00am awoke to massive boulder slide down the talus field across the lake, couldn't see it because of night and fog, but the sound was...Awesome. Drizzled the whole time and lots of fog at the lakes, but still enjoyed this hike, very rewarding!

1 year ago


Lovely. This was a day hike I the fall of 2010 and I still want to backpack it to Glacier Lakes. There's lots to feast your eyes on.

1 year ago


1 year ago


Hiked to Surprise Lake yesterday. What a beautiful hike. Good elevation gain, kicked my butt, but it was worth it when we got there. Lots of butterflies on the trail.

1 year ago


2 years ago

Great one night backpack trip. No bugs at the lake. perfect weather.