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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 walking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 124 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Lake

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Contact
Getting There

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

As of November 2019, the road leading to the trailhead is full of potholes and flooded. Check with the park site for more information before visiting. 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.

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Daniel F.
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Janea Smith
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Fishing

So no joke on the potholes and road conditions on the way up it was a bouncy ride, we manged with no issues in a stock jeep never needed 4 wheel drive. Take your time getting up there and you'll be fine saw some lower clearance vehicles both going up and on our way back down. As for the hike a pretty easy trek for a nice view. we made an afternoon of it as my husband wanted to do some trout fishing (and was somewhat successful) mostly small ones we tossed back but was enjoyable. we followed a deer path around to the other side of the lake but getting to the edge do be prepared its soggy. There is a trail along the ridge near where the actual trail comes in that give some nice views of the peaks on the other side of the valley. Good hike for families or those looking for something easy or a nice stop on the way to pinnacle.

Jenna Startzman
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Hiking

Potholes are large I mean large to get there don’t be the guy driving a tiny car up here. You will regret it once to the trail head after 30 minutes of driving a truck to trail head it is a very easy hike! Cool little lake. I’m serious potholes are big.

Nicholas Rojes
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Hiking

Wanted to do a short hike and avoid the crowds and checkout a new area. Very short hike but nice little spot to enjoy the lake after. Road up to the trail was full of pits and water. Made it up in our Rav4 with just the hitch scraping a few times. Coming down we did have a big scrape but no damage and then later down the trail we got a flat from some big rocks. Managed to get the spare on and make it down slow but ok. Will probably go back to check out some of the other trails up there but I would be cautious with a low clearance vehicle. 3 stars because the trail is nice but its nothing special and the drive up isn't that quick (maybe 6 miles from main road?) even if there weren't any pot holes. But good for kids, we had our 3 month old with us so were looking for something short (but maybe not this short).

sangeethaa govindaraj
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Hiking

At the beginning of the trail road lot of pits and puddles and my Toyota Camry struggled. People who returned from trail in suv/high clearance vehicle suggested not to take Camry for this trail road and damage the car. Couldn’t do this hiking.

Rachel Morris
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the forest road getting there isnt that bad. definitely need a suv or truck, there are some gnarly potholes. Disappointed when we got to the trail head, so wet and rainy the trail was a mini creek we walked through. about .1 miles in though the entire trail is flooded and covered with trees making it impossible to continue. Looks like this last weeks wind storm has made bear lake trail closed for now. BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS and drive up too it though.

Caleb Byrum
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HikingBugs

Nice, short hike to a beautiful lake. Road is full of potholes, however, so be advised

Justine Collins
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HikingClosedMuddyWashed out

I wish I could review the actual trail but alas I couldn't get there. The road leading up to the trailhead is NOT ACCESSIBLE AS OF MAY 2 !!! It's awfully full of potholes leading up, then about two miles to the trail is a few inches of slushy icy snow. My F150 was able to maneuver the deep potholes but be warned there are places where the holes are two feet deep. Do not attempt to get to the trailhead until at least end of June. The tow truck to pull you out of the snow will cost a pretty penny. I had a lovely hike down the mountain to the nearest house with a landline to call the police, and the sheriff who responded was incredibly nice and helpful. Just wait until July for Bear Lake. The other ones less high up on the mountain like Lake 22 and Heather lake are fine to drive up as long as you've got a high clearance.

Christine Horton
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Hiking

The hike itself is beautiful, quiet and mostly clear trail full of big trees and wildflowers perfect for a small child or children. Easy hike not too long up to a wonderful lake with a few places to walk around and see the water, dragonflies, flowers and watch fish jump in scenic dark green lake. Access to the lake is limited with just the view in between trees and a few places to get right down to the boggy green lush lake. There’s a small space to eat lunch and have the kids explore. I’m not giving it 5 stars, I would love to but the road up to the trail head is horrible. It’s hard to enjoy the hike when you know you have to drive back down the road which happens to be about 7 miles of miserable damaged road with little space to pull over for cars coming the opposite way. It’s a bad start and finish to what really is an amazing little hike my son absolutely loved. Hope some maintenance to the road in the future could promote a happier hike all around!

Chris Horton
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The trail and lake were both nice, but there wasn’t much of a trail around the lake. It’s definitely a kid friendly hike, we went with our 4yr old and he enjoyed it. I’m giving it a 2 star rating because how unbearable the drive to the trail head is. It’s about 6 miles of single lane road filled with large/very large pot holes and rocks... the entire way. We went in a good sized SUV and it was still a pretty uncomfortable drive.

Michael Stevens
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Hiking

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!

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

Amber Cuomo
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Hiking

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

Jessica Dobervich
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Hiking

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".

Airplane Maniac's Clone
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Hiking

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

Katelynn Lopaschuk
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Hiking

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....

Naomi Frye
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Very cool!

Shonda M
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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.

Sherry Steele
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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.

Kalie F.
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Hiking

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

Nicole Donohue
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Hiking

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!

Katie Anderson
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Walking
First to Review

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.

Andrew Fraser
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Kaylie Woods
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Brynnelle T.
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Noel Imfeld
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