Ashland Lakes Trail is a 5.4 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 June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.4 miElevation gain836 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Washington State Discover Pass Required.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources PO Box 47000 1111 Washington Street SE Olympia, WA 98504-7000 (360) 902-1000

Directions from Verlot: Travel east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. for 4.5 miles. Turn right on the Schweitzer Creek Rd. #4020 and continue 2.3 miles to the Bear Lake Rd. #4021 and then follow this road for 1.5 miles to the junction with Forest Rd. #4021016. Turn left and follow this road to the end. You must walk 1 mile on the abandoned road to the trailhead on your left at the junction.Users have reported high clearance vehicles may be necessary for the road to the trail.

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Alyssa Quevillon
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Hiked 1/23 - The road to the trail is awful, I highly recommend high clearance vehicles. I got to the trail at 9 and there were 5 other vehicles. probably saw a total of 6 or 7 people on the trail. The first 1.5 miles is uneventful, but the lakes are beautiful. It was extremely icy, especially on the board walks, which take up a lot of the trail. Some of these boards walks go over some sketchy places. the trail itself was not muddy or snowy, just icy. Did all three lakes and back, clocked that at 5.4 miles. A great alternative to the two busy hikes down the road if you wish to hike on a quiet trail.

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Courtney Snyder
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Steve Keever
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So, how does one have a completely solitary hike in the PNW? Drop a tree 2 miles from the trailhead. We experienced hiking nirvana today visiting the Ashland Lakes. We saw a total of 4 people. Completely unheard of on a relatively nice day. Very little snow and well maintained but rocky trail. We couldn't make it around the lake because of a sketchy set of boards covered in ice, but able to make it more than half way around. It was a blast. 8 miles total because of the tree.

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Kevin Flynn
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HikingFloodedIcyRockySnow

Saturday Dec 12, 2020: This is a 4 star hike that was elevated to 5 stars because of the snow covered forest. --90% of the trail is snow covered. Microspikes worked awesome. --the road up sucks. snow covered toward the end but not deep --Someone really had a hard on for boardwalks when building this trail. At Upper Ashland Lake the iffy snow-covered boardwalk and high water level situation made us bushwhack a little to bypass that mess. Only passed 5 people all day

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Kevin Flynn
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Darpan Dodiya
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This is an excellent alternative to super overcrowded Lake 22 and Heather Lake trail. Those trails had countless cars parked on the road, whereas this one had..only 1, just ours. Road till trailhead is extremely sketchy with rocks, huge patholes and ice patches. AWD is must. Car with high clearance is must too. My RAV4 has no problems getting till the trailhead. 100% leave sedans and crossovers at home. The trail was beautiful and well marked. Due to ice, we were slipping frequently. Hiking poles could be of good use. About 15% trail is covered with ice. Beaver lake is frozen. We didn't go to other lakes.

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Steve Barrett
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Nice hike for kids. Couldn’t go past the upper lake as the boardwalk was submerged underwater.

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Kenny Phipps
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HikingGreat!

little snow, some icy spots this morning. trail is in great condition

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Brooke Fiscus
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

One of my favorite hikes. Couple miles of rough road/deep potholes to get there. Hike to the lakes was a nice stroll with enough elevation to get my heart rate up but not strenuous. Little bit of snow. Little icy on the boards. Perfect for kids & families.

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Jennifer Sharp
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyRocky

The 5 mile road going up to Ashland Lakes is probably the worst road I've driven on (however, this is my 3rd time hiking the area, so I knew what to expect) If you're not in a 4x4 of somekind, Subaru or AWD with higher clearance do not attempt this..Arrived at the trailhead, bathrooms locked, garbage and poop bags around parking lot (BAG IT OUT PEOPLE!!) In my opinion, Ashland Lake is more enjoyable than Bear, Boardman, or Pinnacle. You get to see 3 lakes in 1 hike (Beaver Plant, Upper & Lower Ashland Lakes) we only saw 4 people the whole hike. Very peaceful, lots of rocks and roots, no snow or ice on the ground but slick on the roots and boardwalk areas around the lakes. Lots of camping areas to stop and enjoy a snack. We clocked 6 miles round-trip, Alltrails has the wrong mileage (again) My advice trekking poles and good pair of hiking boots.

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amy grow
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HikingIcy

nearly empty trail, only passed 8 other people. There was a little snow and ice on the boards so it was pretty slippery in places. the road getting in was TERRIBLE. Potholes are HUGE! I drove my truck and would have been uncomfortable in anything smaller but the other cars at the trailhead were Subarus. I enjoyed this trail.

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Cory Fischer
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A bit slick on the trail boards and washed out in some spots with recent rain/snow. Great hike though without too many people, helps that the road to the trail is rougher.

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Eric Moss
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Ryan Mueller
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The trail out there has definitely seen some better days couple of blowdowns and some boards missing on the boardwalk but a beautiful hike made it all the way out to twin falls just passed Ashland lakes

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Amy Marthaler
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The hike was great,l. We were 1 of 2 cars at the trailhead and I am not sure if it was the drive up that deterred people or that school was back in session. Took my 9 and 13 y/o and they had no problems. Lakes were more like ponds or marshes, not clean for swimming. You will definitely want a truck or SUV to get to this trail. Also, when you turn off the road to start the FS road, slow down. Big drop off into a pot hole, or stay to the left. Great hike!

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Peter Kaminski
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BEWARE The road to access this trail is absolutely treacherous—something I had read in other reviews but thought my little Subaru Impreza would be able to handle. I got to the access road around 6:30am and decided to cut my day short because I was worried I’d do some serious damage to the bottom of my car. I’d really only recommend this for someone that owns a truck or similarly high vehicle.

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Jemma Fitzgerald
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so we only made it to the first lake which is beaver lake, my 3 year old was with us and I didn't want her to get to exhausted. I'm giving it 4 stars because it is a fantastic trail for little kids, she did the whole thing on her own. I would definitely recommend this hike for small kids especially if they are just starting out, that being said the road up is definitely bad and the hike took almost as long as the drive up.

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Nikki Rodriguez
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rick kunz
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This road evaluation also is for bear,pinnacle and board man lakes. This definetly the worst dirt road I have been on this summer. I have been on eight roads so far. If you own a tesla,jaguar,Mercedes,sports car of any kind,Toyota Corolla,Prius or a Camry do not attempt this road. SUVs,jeeps and pick up trucks will not have a problem. The first 50 yards is by far the worst of the road. There are other parts where going slow will be required,but it is definetly passable. There were six cars in the parking lot when we arrived at 8:30 am. Six over nighters came out of the trail by the time we were ready to get on the trail. They had three of the vehicles. Trail is gentle uphill for the first 1 3/4 miles. You gain about 1/2 of your elevation in this part. Some roots and rocks going up but not muddy and not extreme. Old growth Forrest is nice and cool and lush. The first lake turnoff is at 1 3/4 mile and beaver lake is about 100 yards down this trail. There is a bench at the end of the boardwalk ,that sits almost in the lake,that makes for a nice photo op.the boardwalk starts at the end of the only campsite on the lake. Moving on to the second lake,upper Ashland,,in about a mile, you get the other 150 ft of elevation gain and several more campsites and a San a kan at the lake.this lake has a few places to get to the lake for fishing,but is mostly rimmed by marsh and trees right near the edge of the lake.you are now 2 1/2 miles from the trailhead. Moving on in another mile ,you lose about 250 ft of elevation and get to lower Ashland lake. This lake has several campsites also and another San a kan. The trail ends at the end of this lake with a wooden platform and a bench overlooking the lake.. Fishing spots are few on this lake,as the trees are right on the edge of the lake. You are at approximately 3 3/4 mile from your car when sitting on the bench on the platform. The old growth trees keep the trail very cool the whole way, but restrict you getting very many views of the surrounding area. For you more adventurous types, a trail towards twin lake starts off at the end of the last large campsite before the bench and platform. It is marked by some blue ribbons at this time. It goes another 1 1/2 miles down to the next lake,losing about 300 ft of elevation. I did not go there,but followed the trail about 100 yards ,just to conform it was there. We saw only six people total on this 85 degree Sunday. We had the lower lake all to ourselves for the last two hours of our stay......this hike would be perfect in late May or June,as it melts out early. It is a very good hike for beginners,especially for overnight with younger kids.....It is kind of a waste for expierenced hikers on the last weekend of July however,as their are no views and the lakes are not especially pretty. Overall I will be back,as it is a good conditioning walk for early in the season. When we got back to the car,there was only one other car in the parking lot. Contrast that to the more than 100 cars along the road and in the lake 22 parking area,that we passed on the way home. Also a discovery pass is needed for the parking lot.,which has a toilet in it. We went past lake 22 at 3:30 pm.

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Bridget Poputa-Clean
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HikingMuddy

Trail was fine. Pretty view of the first lake and nice surroundings. I don’t think it’s worth the drive on the forest road to get there. It’s not a short drive - 4 miles of really rough road.

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