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Ashland Lakes Trail is a 5.1 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.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 826 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

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Getting There

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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Nikki Rodriguez
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rick kunz
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Hiking

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.

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.

isaac todd
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HikingOver grownRockyWashed out

Rainy day easy hike. FSR 4020 in rough condition.

Drew Chapman
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Hiking

With Greg and Dad. Nice walk through the woods. Last lake was flooded.

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Kristen Machen
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HikingMuddy

No problems getting to the trailhead in the Truck. Upper Ashland is great for camping. Lower Ashland, spots are still flooded.

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Tim Osmulski
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Hiked to upper lake yesterday..Still too much snow in places to drive to trailhead...Parked at 4020/4021 Junction and hiked to trailhead..About 8 miles round trip..Solid hike..Trail has spots of snow 2ft deep still..Boardwalks near lake are snow covered in spots, but others are clear

Morgan Smathers
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You will not make it to the trailhead. I have an SUV with solid off road tires and we got stuck 1.7 miles from the trailhead after being totally shook up just to get that far. I scared the hell out of my passenger and dog just trying to get that far. Seriously, don't try.

Caleb Minaberry
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RunningBlowdownSnow

Snowy and beautiful!. Most of the lake campgrounds are under water and soon under snow.

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Sarah McComb
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HikingFloodedRocky

Got to the trailhead about 10:30am on Sat Nov 23, 2019. The 3 mile dirt road up has major potholes, at least SUV clearance is needed. We were the only car in the lot and saw no one else on the trail. The trail itself is in good condition with clear signage. Nothing super interesting about the trail but it's a great hike. A lot of the hike is on boardwalks which were pretty slippery at times with the recent rain. Do not recommend pushing through to the 3rd lake, Lower Ashland Lake. The trail and boardwalk is flooded once you get the sign at the lake shore so you can't progress very far or see the lake well. The path down from Upper Ashland is the toughest part in terms of technical as well with lots of rocks and roots. So until it drys out, unless you want the extra exercise of coming back up, it's not worth it.

Ryan Galleher
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Flooded

Warning: the plank walkways during the wet season are pretty hazardous. especially up near the lakes. There are a few sections where the wood is covered with steel mesh, but the rest felt like walking on icey pavement. A good chunk of the walkway at the end of Lower Ashland lake was flooded. Other than that, super pretty hike. as others mentioned, the drive in is brutal - bring something with high clearance and drive slowly.

Mark Larsen
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The 3.9 miles of dirt road leading to the trail is a nightmare and in dire need of maintenance! Lots of very large potholes. Recommended only for vehicles with high clearance. The hike is really beautiful with three picturesque lakes, each with it's own toilet and camping spots, although the miles of planks can get very slippery when wet.

Ashli Pavlicek
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Road up has plenty of deep potholes. Parking was pretty limited, and I would download the satellite map before you go so you know which paths to follow. There is a outhouse at the trail head and one at upper and lower Ashland (none at the first little lake). While this trail has A LOT of the “walk the plank!” style boards, we still found ourselves watching our feet more than getting to look and enjoy the views. It is stumpy and rocky the whole way. We had a lot of fun climbing up with the dogs though... it was slippery and very muddy... still had such a fun time. There are cute docks at each lake and AWESOME spots to camp! Made for awesome lunch spots and even have fire rings and benches at each spot!!! There was 1 port-oh-potty along the second and third lake... not maintained or clean inside, but they’re there. We got to the trailhead at 11 and left around 3. It was a Tuesday, we passed two groups on our way out but we never saw or heard anyone else. This hike wouldn’t be great for kids, but it’s definitely a fun one if you like climbing rocks and fooling around. Our tracker got us both with around 6.5 miles and 790’ elevation gain... we definitely did a lot of the side trails and explored too.

Hepta Zane
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Road was pretty bad, but my Crosstrek was fine for it. It was very quiet in the morning with numerous frogs out. The lakes and campsites were pleasant. Seems like a popular place to camp with kids. We pushed on to the unmaintained Twin Falls which were really the climax of the trip and quite beautiful. I don't recommend that part of the trail as we took some damage and could probably only do the river crossing because water is pretty low. It would be great if the whole length was maintained.

Julia Duin
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Somehow through the grace of God got my 2003 Subaru Legacy to the trailhead bit it was 4 miles and 25 minutes of hell doing it. It is a disgrace the USFS doesn’t at least try to maintain the road. We got as far as Beaver Lake before my 14- year-old collapsed. I did not think it was that family friendly a trail. Kind of steep for us. The trail itself was nicely maintained it we will not be back.

Pam Hubbard
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Unless you have a raised truck or a generally high clearance vehicle, it’s essentially impossible to get to the trailhead. Honestly, I can’t even say that a standard Subaru Outback could handle those pot holes. Really disappointed we had to turn around only 1/2 way up he road to the trailhead. :( Really, really bad!

Nathan McClure
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Road up off of Mountain Loop Hwy is pretty dicey, lots of potholes, but a friend of mine made it up in her little Saturn, so just drive slow, and you’ll probably be alright. Trail itself was well maintained, and absolutely beautiful. We backpacked in (carrying probably more than we should’ve), and camped at the first lake. We were worn out from the uphill parts, and stairs, in the second half, but it’s completely doable, even with a heavy load on your shoulders. The parking lot was pretty full when we got there, but it can fit around 10 or so cars. When we got to the lake, after passing a few groups coming down, we were the only ones there, and the only ones who were camping. It was amazing, all around beautiful, and I cannot wait to come back and camp at one of the lakes higher up.

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john maihofer
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Trail was in decent shape. The lake was pretty but nothing compared to other alpine lakes like Lake 22 or Heather Lake.

Peggy G
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Great hike! Before you decide to hike this one, make sure you drive a vehicle with a high enough clearance. The 1-2ish mi drive to the trailhead has a lot of deep pot holes and bumps. An SUV or truck should do the trick. All trails says its 5.1 miles but I hiked around 7mi. Its a on the easier side of a moderate high. A good hike to start the summer season with. Lots of flowers/ lillies lining the boardwalk to the 3 lakes. The sitting place at the third lake is a great place to have lunch if you get their early. Took me about 2 hours to get there as I spent more time taking pics of flowers and the lakes. I would say its kid friendly as I saw a lot of families doing the hike together.

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Jon Klem
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BackpackingMuddyWashed out

Hiked in, planning to stay the night, but got rained out at Lower Ashland Lake. The trail itself is really well maintained, and a lot of love has gone into creating the boardwalks around the marsh. As others have said, the road is rough, and I'd not recommend anyone try it unless they have a vehicle with good clearance. Definitely coming back come summer, and hoping for better weather!

Dusan Simovic
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BackpackingBugs

We took the forest road using a nice large suv that has raised clearance. The roads were pretty scary. We saw a Camry up at the trailhead and didn’t understand how they got there. We took our 5 and 6 year old out to lower Ashland lake and it was a great technical trail for them. Then we camped out at the lake. The frogs were in full force all night and it was wonderful. There’s no snow, and the trail has several changes in topography, making for a very interesting hike. The bugs weren’t too bad. But the closer you are to the marshy areas, the worse they got. They were gnats, and not mosquitos. There are two raised camp pads at lower Ashland lake. We couldn’t fit our 4 person tent on it. We only found one spot that was suitable, thankfully but it was on the ground and damp. I don’t know how difficult that would be during peak season to find a spot. We saw a few spots up at beaver plant lake that looked better to camp on. It’s not the best type of camping next to these lakes because the ground is marshy. If you see a spot at beaver plant lake, I recommend claiming a spot there and then day hike to the other lakes.

Carla Smith
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We didn't actually make it to Ashland Lakes this trip. My low clearance Ford Fusion sedan did fine through the giant potholes but about 1.5 miles from NF 4021 there was a washout I just wasn't brave enough to drive through. so we parked and walked. we did about 3 miles total, up to the turnoff to NF 4021. the road itself is beautiful with waterfalls, pretty rocks and old growth stumps so we did enjoy it. On our way up we passed a car that wasn't much taller than mine headed back down so I probably could have made it. but next time I try it I will do so with the higher clearance vehicle!

Steve Jensen
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Trail extension to Twin Falls Lake almost gone. Loop trail around Upper Ashland lake is blocked by blowdown on one end, and outflow creek on the other. Still a great hike, 3 high lakes in under 7 miles round trip.

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