Flapjack Lakes Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
#30 of 181 trails in

Flapjack Lakes Trail is a 14.1 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
14.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3914 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

Lakes and snowmelt creeks are pristine.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

camping
Monday, June 22, 2015