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Dewey Lake Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,282 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

10 months ago

Was a fairly easy hike down to the lakes...though a little bit trying going uphill on the way back.. saw a bear uphill was totally worth going. The view was amazing also!

horseback riding
10 months ago

Overall a good easy ride we stared from Mesatchee creek trail head. Unfortunately we only made it about 4 miles in before we needed to turn around as we had done part of a different trail first and it was getting late. Beautiful area couple blow downs but just pick your way around it’s not too bad. Lots of water crossings pretty easy climb. Perfect temperature and a few bugs bothering the horses but otherwise not bad.

11 months ago

A wonderful hike. We started around 9:00 AM. Wasn’t very busy yet; however coming down it was packed which isn’t surprising. We also fished awhile so we didn’t head down until around 12-1. It was mainly people doing the Naches peak loop trail. Both of the lakes were beautiful. Bring bug spray because mosquitos are bad.

Thu Oct 18 2018

Does not disappoint in fall. Colors and colors and more colors. Beautiful! Plus its dog friendly so i got to being my pup along too!

Wed Aug 08 2018

It poured rain, thundered while lightning streaked across the sky but we made it all the way down to Dewey Lake and back up. Bugs are definitely bad on this hike but we were fortunate that the weather kept them off us. Bring bug spray. We parked at the bridge crossing above Tipsoo. The trail was well kept and only a few rock beds were laid into the trail for water runoff. Tons of wildflowers laced between lush grass on both sides made it quite peaceful. I was very surprised that with the storm rolling in that there were so many overnight campers. The trail can get crowded and we chose to start in the afternoon to avoid it and it worked well. Overall, I would definitely do this again and would highly recommend this hike for families that enjoy getting out.

Wed Aug 08 2018

Fun little hike with the kids ages 8 and 4. We were a bit slower moving than some people so we probably took longer to do this. Nice tarn to go relax at and Dewey Lake itself has many great camping and beach spots. Trail was busy until we cut off for Dewey Lake. We only saw 2 groups on our way back up. Flowers are out and amazing. One thing to not forget is bug spray! They are bad and we even got some bites even though we had it on.

Sun Aug 05 2018

Wild flowers were everywhere around Naches Peak and resting at the lake could be a full afternoon.

Sun Jul 29 2018

Bring bug spray! Mosquitoes are relentless!

Sat Jul 28 2018

did this hike today. Not a ton of people once we went down to Dewey Lake. very beautiful and worth it. tons of bugs though. Make sure to bring bug spray

Sun Jul 22 2018

I do this trail several times a year. Great hike for dogs who love to swim. Did this trail on 07/21/2018. Mosquitos were bad so prepare for that.

Thu Jul 19 2018

Great hike. Stayed the night by the lake. Beautiful views!

Mon Sep 18 2017

Did not start out the day expecting to do this but said what the hell and did the detour down to the lake and back from the Naches Trail. The lake is quiet and a great place to eat lunch along the water. Nothing too technical - downhill and then back uphill.

Mon Jul 24 2017

Pack a raft and get to it!! Ma-Ma skol

Tue Jan 31 2017

Gets very busy! Not sure if it's worth the walk down

Fri Jan 20 2017

Great Hike for beginner who wish to test themselves on some minor slopes. The reward being the reflective blue oasis of Dewey Lake.

Wed Nov 30 2016

nice peacefull lake great hike will do it again

Tue Oct 25 2016

Quite icy in late October! It's a narrow trail so it's a bit scary without good boots. Wound up on this trail although we meant to take Naches Loop. Still good fun, but had to turn around and hike the highway back because of the condition and daylight fading fast.

Wed Aug 31 2016

We did this with our 4 daughters, ages 10, 8, 5, and 2.5 and loved it. One of my new favorite hikes. We stopped and lunched at the smaller lake on the right, and took a dip in the lake to cool off. The views on the hike back were breathtaking!

Mon Aug 22 2016

Gorgeous and worth a fairly intense hike back up from the lake. Too bad it's so popular - we were kept awake by rowdy campers down the way from us. Beauty A+ / Peace and quiet C-

Sat Aug 20 2016

it was peaceful and quiet.

Tue Aug 02 2016

hiked down to the lake and hungout for about an hour. Than hiked around the lake and back up. Crazy pretty views. And the lake was crystal!

Wed Jun 22 2016

Great views and photo ops on the way up. Leg burner heading back up from the lake. We stayed one night. Managed to catch a couple of fish too!

Mon Aug 24 2015

Gorgeous, even when covered in fog and clouds. Not too many people on PCT early in the morning. It picked up around lunch time. The trail was moderate as advertised...if you leave early enough you could make a good run of it.

Wed Aug 05 2015

Quite a few people no matter what day it is. Great trail and dogs are welcome if your only doing the Tipsoo Loop. The weather kind of set in on us once we started down the back side to the lake so I'll have to do it again when it's sunny. Little kids were all over this trail too. Lots of campers. Again, please encourage people to pack out what they pack in. We came across a couple of camps where people just left gear and trash that they obviously didn't care about using again or throwing away. That's too bad....

Wed Jul 15 2015

VERY popular! Very VERY popular!!! Trails are well groomed, and there are plenty of photo ops along the way. Parking at Tipsoo Lake, follow the Naches Loop sign. There's a marker a few yards in directing you to Dewey Lake. About 1 hour drive out of Enumclaw up Hwy 410.

Sun Jul 12 2015

Nice hike, not hard but lots of people so solitude is out of the question.

Fri Jul 10 2015

**Dogs NOT allowed on most-popular route. Don't miss this trail. Stunning views, forests, meadows, pristine lakes. It's hard to ask for more from a day hike. There are 3 ways to get to Dewey Lakes: 1) from the PCT starting at the top of Chinook Pass, 2) from the Naches Loop Trail starting at Tipsoo Lake, and 3) a much longer out-and-back from the Mesatchee Creek Trail (#969) and the main Dewey Lake Trail (#968) starting at 410 just east of the winter road block (accessible year-round). **Option 1 starts in Rainier National Park where dogs are not allowed. If you have dogs, start at the top of Chinook on the PCT and take Option 2. That said, Option 1 is the most scenic as you get spectacular views of the volcano for the first 1.5 miles or so. My wife and I started with Option 1 and finished at Option 2, then took the connector trail past Tipsoo Lake back to the car (an additional 1/2 mile or so). We hiked in early July, and there were plenty of wildflowers but we were past the most spectacular blooming period.

Mon Jun 22 2015

Great hike but if the wind wasn't blowing the Mosquitos would carry you away.

Sun Jun 14 2015

Good little hike. Didn't do the loop though. Hiked some of the spine of the mountains. Very steep grades. Took my dog. He did well. We also climbed to the tall point that sits above the lake. I wouldn't suggest. Very steep and dangerous. A lot taller than it looks

Fri May 29 2015

We tried this trail over Memorial Day weekend. Usually this is way too early for this hike, but with the low snow year, we thought that we would give it a try. We met up with a ranger in the parking lot who recommended the south trail to the lake because the north trail was pretty dangerous due to icy snow conditions. The trail was mostly snow covered for the first 1.5 miles and the trail was hard to find at times. Once we reached the top of the ridge and started hiking down to the lake, the trail was clear and only occasional snow. There was snow around the lake, but we were able to find some dry places to camp.

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