Flapjack Lakes Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Flapjack Lakes Trail is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
13.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,658 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

no dogs

From Hoodsport, west 9 miles on Lake Cushman Road to Forest Service Road 24. Turn left and drive 6.5 miles to Staircase Ranger Station and the trailhead.

backpacking
6 days ago

I did not make it all the way to the lake due to lots of smoke from the wildfire in Hamma Hamma not too far away, and very hot. I would classify this as a more difficult hike carrying an overnight backpack. Trail was in good condition, some pesky wasps circling my head for much of the hike. I look forward to trying it again when it cools down and the smoke clears out.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike, beautiful lake, definitely coming back soon

backpacking
1 month ago

With the intention of hiking Marmot Pass and Buckhorn mountain, we made last minute changes due to weather and chose Gladys Divide as our overnight destination. Seeing Flapjack Lakes rated as moderate, having finished the trail we would definitely say it should be rated as hard(ish), especially if you have the intention of bringing gear to sleep the night and travel the extra 3 miles rt to Gladys Divide. Around 3.5 miles in (cake walk), the trail junction for Flapjack Lakes is on the right hand side and immediately forces you to gain plenty of elevation over 3.7 miles. The last half mile is brutal and we got lost at the Black and White Lakes junction that splits off to Flapjack. On our way back we saw the sign post face down on the ground so I think that’s why we initially got lost haha. Make sure to turn off right before the last Creek you encounter that drains off Flapjack Lakes. We ended up crossing the creek and then cutting right and bushwhacked through terrible Alderwood until we met the trail. A few blown down trees obscure the trail, but it’s not too long until you reach the lakes. It’s beautiful with Olympic Sawtooth mountains overlooking the lakes. However the 8.2 miles clocked in didn’t feel “worth it” in all honesty since those 8.2 miles are without any views until you make it to the lakes. I injured my LCL on the way up and our plans to daypack up to Gladys Divide the following morning was thrown out. By the looks of it, Gladys Divide would of made the trip worth it, those jagged peaks and marvelous meadows past the forest have got to be beautiful this time of year and probably will continue getting more and more pretty. We met a few groups that saw a Bear in the forest towards the Divide so be cautious. Plenty of bear wire around to hang scented items or just bring a bear canister to be safe, that’s what we did. A group next to us said they think they were stalked by mountain lion the previous night after seeing reflecting eyes everywhere they went as they wandered back to camp in the dark. Overall, this place is true Olympic Backcountry and I enjoyed it. However, not completing Gladys Divide made the trip decent at best! Those looking for a moderate overnight hike should know that this “moderate” hike is physically demanding for backpacking.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with plenty to see including beautiful waterfalls and plenty of flowers. I would rate it a bit more than moderate however. Based on the length and elevation gain alone. I've climbed Mount ellinor several times and it's rated hard but I found this Trail to be more taxing. nearly all of the elevation Gain is in the second half. According to the signs the round-trip is 16 Mi not 13.9 and it certainly felt that way. We started up the trail at quarter till 1 in the afternoon which we knew was a late start, but we got back to the car at 10:30 at night. Thank goodness for headlamps. Beautiful views at the lake and it would certainly be worth an overnight camp which is how we will do it next time. it took us 5 hours to get up including some tops for photography and rest and 4 hours to get down.

3 months ago

amazing hike!

8 months ago

I love this hike but when we went there today the road to the trailhead is closed to not just vehicles but hikers too. It’s been washed out. :o(

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Parked in lower parking and missed starting point off staircase. The trail is great up to cutoff for flapjack. Once on the flapjack trail, the trail starts to steeply climb, leveling at about 1.5 miles up. Almost made it to the lake (within a mile) but had to turn back due to time. It took 2 hours to hike back to the parking area.

11 months ago

Just so beautiful. This lake is amazing. It was beautiful to walk around and when I went there was a raft we paddled around on.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lakes and snowmelt creeks are pristine.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great hike. First 4 miles are a breeze. Last 4 miles or so are all uphill. Was able to get to the lakes in 7 hours. Back to the trail head in 4 hours. Still snow over the trail in spots in the last half mile. Couple trees were down.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

awesome

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Good hike overall. Agree with what has been stated. First 3.5-4 miles are a breeze. The last 4 are fairly steep. Bring lots of water, especially on hot days. I went through over 3L on a warm day. The lakes at the top are pretty serene, but there are so many flies and mosquitos around them that I ended up leaving a bit hastily. The way down is much easier/ faster per usual. Good hike, but not my favorite. Ideal if you are looking for a lower traffic challenging moderate hike with decent views.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

First hour or so is a very easy trek. There are A LOT of mosquitoes, flies, and bees on this trail so just be cautious and ready for that.
The last 4 miles or so you're just on an upward ascent.
For what it's worth, I never take for granted views that nature has to offer but this one was sub-par for the work you put into it.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Absolutely beautiful! Bring bug spray because the bugs were thick at the lakes in August. Also bring a swimsuit for the lakes to take a swim on hot days.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Tough hike for your average run of the mill hiker. Beautiful area beautiful lake. First 4 miles are very easy then the last 4 miles are straight up with not many level spots. If you are just beginning at backpacking and not conditioned well it's most likely not for you. Starting off on an easier trail would make things more enjoyable and then work your way up to this one. Not many views (good views from what I hear are another mile and a half up the trail and another 1k incline). Mountain blueberries were plentiful and delicious this time of year.

camping
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Did this as my first hike! Went all the way up and hit too much snow and ice to finish the last .15 miles to the lakes. Awesome and worthwhile day hike for sure or camp for the day.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

My very first hike ever. We arrived at the trailhead 10:30 pm on July 31st. Hiked the 7.5 miles through the night underneath the blue moon. The lake was very warm, swimming was fantastic. All in all a very good experience, I am hooked! Absolutely worth it.

Friday, August 14, 2015

I agree with the other reviews, the first half is easy and not challenging at all. once you reach the junction however things get alot more interesting with a constant steady climb and rougher terrain the higher you get. Once you get there the lake is clear with plenty of fish constantly jumping out the water. Bear canisters and wire are required if you are staying up there but only saw a deer hanging out with me all day. I think it had been getting fed because it was not afraid one bit and kept coming into my camp site. Good hike and a nice cardio workout.

hiking
Monday, June 22, 2015

Hiked up with party of 6 relatively new hikers ranging from 11 years to 40. We covered the first 4 miles of the skykomish river trail in about 2 hours. The remaining 4 steep miles took us approximately 5 hours as it becomes progressively more steep than the first four miles with a few undulations in between. The lake, the star gazing, and the fish are ample reward for this ambitious 2-day overnight. I want to go back and do it again. Will bring a trout pole next time. Tons of fish and not very many people up this high.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

so after looking up so many reviews, seeing so many different milage for the trail, and really not knowing what i was getting into, i came to find it is 16 miles and the first four are super easy now that last half mile has a 500ft elevation gain on a trail that isn't cleared very well. The satisfaction you get through it all is completely worth the 3,117 ft elevation change within the entire hike. You get to enjoy 3 waterfalls with old growth forests on top of the lakes, which were amazing. I've heard they become quit busy during the summer but there wasn't a soul there when i went which added so much to the experience. Happy trail exploring. BTW not dog friendly!

Monday, May 26, 2014

First 4 miles were a walk in the park, next 4 miles get a bit tougher. Great views and great hike. Payoff off the beautifully secluded lakes and scenery.

hiking
Monday, April 29, 2013

I really like this trail. Lots of great memories here. Especially getting up early to watch the sunrise at Gladys Divide. Lots of lowbush and highbush blueberries. Brown trout are easy to spot in the crystal clear lakes.

hiking
Monday, October 15, 2012

Very nice hike for beginners. Well maintained trail, would definitely do it again.

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

If you're planning on going up in November, the trail stays dry a good portion of the way up. Once you hit snow, as you would expect, the difficulty level goes up a ways. A great trail, would do it again. Probably a good choice in mid-season for backpackers with a little less experience. The trail was well marked all the way up and the lake was beautiful.

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