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Glacier Lake Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Randle, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,292 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Blowdown

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Getting There

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station 10024 U.S. 12 Randle, WA 98377 Tel: 360.497.1100

From Randle, east 12 miles on Highway 12 to Forest Service Road 21. Turn right and drive 5 miles to Forest Service Road 2110. Turn left and drive 0.5 mile to the trailhead on the right.

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Bobby Wright
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Was a challenging hike. Terrain was a little tricky at times. The view at the lake was ok, but was hoping for more.

Tawny Thompson
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HikingBugs

Great, challenging hike as stated in other reviews. The views weren’t worth it in my opinion. Where the trail meets the water, there are too many downed trees to actually have access to the lake. If you aren’t looking forward to swimming in the lake, this would be a perfect hike for you; not crowded, great workout and really pretty scenery.

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Shawnee M.
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Hiking

A little on the tougher side but it was a beautiful trail. Couple of blown down trees you have to climb over, but that’s about it.

Eric Bralli
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Hiking

As others have indicated, this is a surprisingly tough trail considering the mileage and elevation. The woods are nice and the lake secluded. There’s a rock scramble that you use to get close to the lake but there’s really no beachy or obvious area to access the lake because of fallen logs lining the shoreline. All in all, it’s a challenge but I enjoyed how quiet the trail was

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Jacob Stanfield
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Hiking

This was a great little hike. There is a lot of shade and running water along the way to Glacier Lake. Be prepared for a lot of up and downhill stretches. I wouldn't advise this trail on wet or rainy days. Not a very popular spot so be prepared for lots of spider webs on the trail. There is a great camping spot close to the lake. Well worth it if you have a few hours to spare!

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Elizabeth Blowers
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Hiked 6/14/20 with three adults and a dog. Arrived around 12:30 on a beautiful Sunday and we there were only two other cars there. Keep going up the road a little past the Google Maps pin and you’ll see where the road stops and the trail begins. About 1/2 mile in you start going down steep downhills for a while. Muddy and would be easy to slip. A few downed trees that were challenging to maneuver. You end up at a beautiful river at the bottom (could go swimming here). Then the uphill starts. Challenging at times but manageable and the forest is beautiful - lush green with surprise little caverns and moss. Shade the whole way. When you get to the lake it is all scrambling on big rocks out until you find somewhere good to sit with a view of the lake. Could be challenging but doable with kids or a dog who aren’t very adventurous. We passed both groups on the way up so we had the view/trail to ourselves. Stunning and totally worth the hike. Logged 5.49 miles and 1,769’ of elevation gain. We took our time and sat for a while and it took us 3:47 to complete. Would do again!

Ari Noorzaie
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HikingRocky

I am not an experienced hiker and this one really tested my endurance! Very steep elevation gain for the majority of the hike. Trail itself is humbling and incredible. The ancient mossy trees and layers of growth along with the creek rushing below made the strenuous hike totally worth it. Plenty of large, fallen moss-covered trees over the creek to sit on for a few moments and marvel at the surroundings. Glacier Lake itself was small and quiet but nonetheless a lovely view. We arrived at the lake around 7 PM and encountered one group setting up camp by the shore. No other hikers during the trail. The hike back down was fun - my hiking companions and I, though exhausted, ran and skipped (much easier than walking) down the steep trail with glee and wonder for this magical place we had the opportunity to explore.

victor ropp
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fun short trail . was a beautiful day for a hike Sunday. no flat spots , and I think the hills grew on my hike back

Chrystal House
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HikingBlowdownMuddyWashed out
Steve Albert
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Hiking

Really cool hike, but it’s a butt kicker. We didn’t realize it is 6.4 miles round trip and this much elevation gain. The view at the lake was well worth with the hike in.

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Ashley Burns
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HikingOver grown
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Tim Gould
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Hiking

Trail was in great shape, plenty of up. Not a particularly pretty Lake and the camp spots are questionable, but fun hike through the forest.

Douglas Prout
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HikingBlowdownWashed out
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Marena Alaniz
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HikingIcyMuddyOver grownScrambleWashed out

The road is still washed out and had to park on the side and walk about a quarter of a mile to the trailhead. It is a fun and beautiful hike but we didn't get to the end. About 3/4 of the way in we lost the trail due to snow. Will definitely have to return. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe9fVYVu6Do&feature=youtu.be

Jen Gahringer
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HikingMuddy

The road is washed out about a 1/2 mile maybe less from the actual parking lot. It was easy to park and walk up the road to the trailhead though. Hike was fun, difficult and very wet in places. Lake was pretty.

Gloria Maloney
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HikingMuddyOver grown
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Ashley Holland
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grown
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