Best Trails near Granite Falls, Washington

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on Lake 22 Trail
2 days ago

I was here on a solo outing yesterday, perfect day for a hike. The path starts out gently enough, a pretty dirt staircase through forest. You can hear water trickling through the forest many times along the way. A bridge crosses the stream around a mile in, a particularly pretty waterfall. Here the trail gets steeper, with more rocks and some water on the path. Gentle but persistent switchbacks lead to a long talus slope with the wall of lake 22 looming above, seemingly insurmountable. The talus is a jumble of sharp rock, but navigable. I saw several families with little kids, but they were tough little kids! (It amazes me what passes for a family stroll in the NW, for some people this would be a very tough hike). The trail switches back and heads toward the large stream which outlets from the lake where it finally flattens out. There is a hidden waterfall here which I plan to come back for. Onward a bit further is the lake itself, a small-ish, gorgeous turquoise lake with an enormous steep wall behind it. A path goes all around the lake, worth the time it takes to do it. Best time for photography at the lake is probably morning, although later is interesting too, with filtered light through the pyramidal peaks behind the lake. I was told by someone that for a weekday, it was pretty crowded, at the lake, but it wasn't by the time I got there. But expect crowds on the weekend.

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
3 days ago

hiking

I hiked the trail on Saturday 8/20. The first mile or so is great, the trail is beautiful no obstacles, after that it's rocks, rocks, and more rocks, small rocks, big rocks, and boulders. Although it's not "as" strenuous as Lake Serene, it's still a great thigh, and glute workout. A lot of stepping up and over, mild scrambling in a few spots, nothing major. The views all the way up are amazing, and even more amazing from the the lookout tower. Ankle support is a must if you have weak ankles, and trekking poles are nice to have on this trail. Bringing more then just a 12oz bottle of water is highly recommended as you will need it. The mosquitos were bad, and being buzzed by bees was very annoying.

on Lake 22 Trail
3 days ago

hiking

This trail was good for adults, reading the reviews it said "kid friendly" but it was long and a hard hike for the kids ( ages 12 & 8) I will do it again without kids !

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
3 days ago

hiking

8/18/2016 (Thursday) - Knowing it was going to be a hot day I wanted to hit the trail early, unfortunate that didn't happen. Ended up starting off at the trail head at 11:30, by reading reviews I was expecting a lot of mosquitoes, but there were only a few, the bigger problem was the horse/deer flies. We ended up using natures fly swatter for most the hike (huckleberry branches). There was very little wet muddy spots along the trail and once you break the tree line it was very dry. Was able to locate the yellow markers and take the boulder climb up to the structure. In doing so had some great views of "frozen" lake which is completely thawed, but still got some nice cool cross-winds from it. Was a bit disappointing when I got to the structure, even though the views were great there was a about 15 teenagers up there and even a couple of young adults had it stuff with their gear that they were going to stay overnight in. So with only spending about 15-20 min on the top, we started the decent down. I only do this hike every 2-3 years since I live in Arizona now but have been doing it since I was a kid. It is a difficult hike for me, but I'm also not a avid hiker. The decent down is hard on the knees, ankle, and feet, my calves were sore for days after. But like every time I do this hike it was completely WORTH IT!

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
5 days ago

hiking

8/22/2016 (Monday) -- Arrive at 9:00, only four cars (we are the fifth), arrived at lookout at 11:20. Get no view because of heavy cloud/fog. We have the lookout for 10 minutes all on our own. Then, about 20 group moved up in the afternoon, including many teenagers (a team of over 20). The trail is indeed very popular, and got so many visitors on a cloudy day. The rocks are a challenge to me with week knees, and I hurt my right knee when moving down.

on Big Four Ice Caves Trail
5 days ago

hiking

Easy hike for all levels.

on Lake 22 Trail
5 days ago

hiking

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
5 days ago

hiking

Great hike! Did the hike on a sunny August day with clear views and 85 deg weather. Hiked with my 4yr old daughter, 9 yr old son, and both my dogs, a Golden Doodle and Shitzu. I didn't see any other kids younger than 13-15 yes old so I was impressed with my kids hiking all the way and back with no issues. My Golden Doodle tore up her pads on her feet on all the rocks and in the heat so recommend foot protection for heavier dogs if you decide to bring them along. The smaller shitzu didn't have any feet issues and was able to make it all the way to the top. I decided not to carry the dogs to the fire lookout since I had my kids to worry about, but I did see a few people carry their dogs up the last 50 ft over the borders and up the ladder to the lookout hut. Views are some of the best in PNW. Could see a lot of the Puget Sound, Rainer, Baker, and all the Northern Cascades. Bring lots of water and sunscreen on sunny days. Didn't have any issues with bugs. Bring along a lunch for a break midway up if you bring the kids along. Don't forget about the water bowls for the dogs if you decide to bring them along. There were two streams on the way up for them to drink from, but that was in the first 2 miles. Not much to drink from after that. My Garmin said 10 miles at the end of the hike, but there must have been something wrong with it, because all maps say about 5-6 miles. With my 4 yr old, it took about 7 hrs round trip, but that was with a 45 min stop for lunch and a 45 min stop at the top along with many rest stops along the way up and down. The hike is a lot of rocks so bring some shoes/boots that provide some cushion and support.

on Old Robe Trail
5 days ago

Fun trail. Single file hiking at times. It was closed at tunnel 5 so didn't venture past that with two kiddos in two. Mostly Ok with the kids, but the 5-year-old had to be carrier at times. Beautiful water!

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
6 days ago

hiking

Did Pilchuck yesterday. I'm not sure how anyone can rate this "climb" as kid friendly. It's a lovely climb, but it's not a hike in my estimation, as it is mostly (let's face it) scrambling. But it's a bucket lister all hikers should check off their list but sadly, for people who aren't hikers who do this, I'm afraid it turns them off to hiking altogether. Glad we did it though!

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
7 days ago

hiking

on Old Robe Trail
7 days ago

hiking

Made it all the way to the tunnel. Shaded. Great hike on a hot day with a chance to cool off in the water. Switch backs and washouts make it a moderate hike but lots of fun with the kids and dog.

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
7 days ago

Awesome hike

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
10 days ago

hiking

Pros: •360 views
•Nice workout
•Rock climbing at the end of the trail

Cons: •Bees wouldn't leave us alone
•Very busy around noon

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
10 days ago

difficult indeed at the top but outstanding views. well worth and a great workout.

on Mount Pilchuck Trail
11 days ago

hiking