Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in North Cascades National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

After crossing the bridge take the first left and the trail can be found behind the Diablo Volunteer Fire Dept. Building. The trail is washed out after a half a mile or so. But you can work your way around the washout to pick up the trail again. After that point the trail follows the river into the canyon a few hundred feet up. You'll cross three creeks and hike in about two to three miles then come to a sign reading "End of maintained trail". This trail doesn't see much usage and is a little overgrown at points. Moss completely covers the ground cover and trees making for a majestic hike. Solitude, moss and big trees can be found on the Stetattle.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this on Sunday, 15th. It was a gorgeous hike and like others have said, the larches were out in all their glory.

hiking
7 months ago

What a beautiful day for an adventure! My son (6 years old) and I arrived at the trail head around 10:30am and there were still a few spots in the parking lot. After gearing up, grabbing our dog, and signing in, we made our way up the trail. The first 2/3 are wooded with the remaining portion exposed. There were some parts of the trail that had compact snow and ice, and while they weren't impassable, some sort of traction would be helpful. The larches are out in full force so if you want to see them now is the time.

Beautiful lake, fall colors, trail was in great shape. Snowed very lightly up at the lake. I'd rate it easy.

A lot of ups and downs on a rooty, rocky trail but it was worth it! This was great. Lots of awesome dogs,
People and wild blueberries! It was a wonderful time!

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Was an amazing hike! Started at 10am and finished right at 1pm. Also took a dip in the lake, quiet chilly but totally worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Not too difficult of a hike with a beautiful lake at the top. Took about 45-50 min to get to top, less on the way down. Take your time at the top relaxing and swimming in the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Firstly, there are NO signs marking the trailhead. It's off a cul-de-sac in a "neighborhood" at the Seattle City Light generation complex. The directions from the app take you right to it though. You just have to walk into the trees, along the river to find it. It's about 200 yards from the Sourdough trailhead which is well marked.

Sadly, the trail is washed out less than half a mile in. The river and area are great but you can't go far.

Stunningly beautiful!

Perfect little hike, great for beginners. Blue Lake was PERFECT! will do this one again for sure!!

Absolutely stunning! Definitely take the time to walk to the second lake of Watson Lakes; a quick hike from the first lake and well worth it. The entire hike is just fabulous!

hiking
9 months ago

My new favorite

Beautiful hike the whole way up! There were no bugs and well groomed trails.

Beautiful, I would rate this easy. The smoke is cleared, the trail was in great condition. Even though the temperature was high the lake was to cold for me to swim but I did wade out. We even saw some Mountain Goats.

Love this hike! The beauty throughout this hike is picture perfect. My favorite

Views were beautiful, make sure to bring the strongest bug spray you feel comfortable using if you're going to actually head down to the lakes.

Gorgeous hike. The lake was warm enough for swimming. Bugs can be annoying.
Gravel road is ok.

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent hike with some great view points to the lake, and the lake was stunning. We were a group of six, ages from 8 to 70 and it was an easy hike for an 8-year-old, and was moderate for a 70-year-old.

Fantastic hike and the lake view at the end was incredible.

easy enough for families with kids and seniors. shaded all the way (round trip). A must go place in hot summer.

on Blue Lake Trail

hiking
10 months ago

went up Saturday July 15, 2017 weather was perfect and the hike was amazing.

hiking
10 months ago

(7/13/17-Thursday) Fantastic hike. I started around 9:30am and had the trail mostly to myself. Only saw a few other hikers on the way up. On my return trip (around 1pm), it was super busy. Start early. No snow on the trail, but still plenty alongside it. Mostly shaded hike, with some breaks in the trees for stunning views along the way. Do not miss this one.

Trail was ok, nothing super spectacular. Lots of trees blocking the views. Lots of poison oak! However there are some great views from the bridge.

hiking
10 months ago

hiked on 7/3/17. this was a nice hike with steady incline. there was still patches of snow on the ground, but not too bad, just be careful. you'll def get your get wet, so wear waterproof shoes. took us about 2.5 hrs to complete. blue lake was so clear and so beautiful. it was still partially frozen and snow covered and really cold. I took a dip and it felt amazing! would highly recommend this hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Saw mountain goats some snow not too much. It was absolutely beautiful definitely would go again.

Big asterisk on my hike. I went too early in the season (June of 2017). Absolutely beautiful but it wasn't as much of a hike....more of a labored trudge thru snow. Watson lake wasn't accessible unless you pack specifically for it during this season. Hard to enjoy the area because of how tired I was. I will probably return in July or August.

Short easy trail with views of the river and small waterfall.

Lots of snow still, had to hike a mile or so to get to the actual trailhead. Made it to Anderson lake, didn't try to get up to Watson due to the snow and how tired we already were. I would wait a few more weeks before hiking this one.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Hiked Blue Lake on Saturday, October 22.

The entire trail was covered in snow. I recommend micro-spikes and trekking poles with snow baskets to help with traction and to prevent slipping. Most of the hiking trail was packed down snow and ranged from about 1.5 to 2 feet wide. I tracked a 5.3 mile roundtrip hike.

Breathtaking views all around and throughout the trail. Be sure to stop, look up and behind you to see these spectacular sights. Still some lingering golden larches out there. Enjoy!

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