Bear Lake Trail

EASY 17 reviews

Bear Lake Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.7 miles
124 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



Directions from Verlot: Travel east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. 4.5 miles. Turn right on the Schweitzer Creek Road #4020 and continue 2.3 miles to Bear Lake Road #4021. Turn right onto this road and continue for 3.4 miles to the trailhead.

2 months ago

Fantastic hike! The road up is very rough. You could take your car up it, but why would you do that to your poor car? I advise a truck or SUV. When we went (Memorial Day) there was still quite a bit of snow. In fact the lake was mostly frozen. Our dog jumped in anyway. Was a blast!

4 months ago

Tried to go here today and the road was still snowed in. Will be back this summer.

9 months ago

We did this hike today and it was great! It was very easy and perfect for my 3year old and elderly dog! There was some snow on the trail but not too much.

The road getting up the the trailhead was pretty rough as there were many large pot holes so I would recommend a truck or SUV

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The road in is long and bumpy but the lake is beautiful! Perfect first hike for my three year old to try out her new "pack pack".

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Good trail, Really easy hike. Good for little kids. The road leading up to it is horrible though.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Spontaneously decided to go for a hike with my best friend in the morning and researched a few easy hikes... (he's not a big hiker) Stumbled upon this one and thought we'd give it a go. The drive up to the trail was pretty sketchy with a lot of sharp rocks on the narrow road with pretty deep and hidden potholes. Besides the scary drive up it was a nice, short hike to the lake. It just so happened to be snowing as we drove up and hiked to the lake which was pretty neat! Overall, would hike again someday... but drive up with a truck instead a Honda civic....

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The drive up to the trailhead had lots of potholes, and very narrow roads. Once we got to the trail head there was barely any hills and it was about a ten minute walk. A beautiful little lake and well worth all the potholes on the drive up

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Very cool!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nice and short, strait to the point. A lake. Even in November it was beautiful. Fallen trees, branches and leaves all over. It was a beautiful hike. Pack a lunch and have yourself a picnic, relax and enjoy the view. Took the dog as well. Definitely doing this again during the spring and summer.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Short hike up to beautiful lake. Has a couple of primitive camp sites and a toilet. We heard owls and saw a tiny toad. The road up is gravel, but well maintained. Forest road 4020, then turn right onto 4021 to end. Pinnacle and Ashland are on 4021 as well.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Very amazing. Long drive. Went to hike pinnacle and had to see bear while we were there.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The family had a nice hike out to Bear Lake. The trail is very easy and short. We brought our inflatable raft and fished from it and on shore. Caught 4 trout between 6 and 8 inches. When we were done fishing we swam, the water is still a little cold but it felt great on a hot day!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The road is washed out so you have to walk about a mile on a gravel road to reach the trailhead. (The washouts are steep but there is room to pass on foot. Once you have reached the trail head it is a short, level stroll through the woods to a great picnic spot for the family.

2 months ago

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Thursday, August 11, 2016