Gothic Basin Trail

HARD 67 reviews

Gothic Basin Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3579 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

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forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Passing the metal gate just south of the parking lot is where the adventure start. For about 1-1.5 miles is an old gravel road that parallels to the Sauk River (This part is NOT included in the 9 mile round trip) You will first pass the Monte Cristo trail head first. Keep walking until the trail comes to a fork. You will proceed to the right going into the forest until you see the trail head for "Weden Creek/Gothic Basin #724". There is also an old outhouse. Proceed past the sign for a little bit and then you will then see a large sign for the "Weeden Creek Trail". This is your destination. The trail starts off with a gentle grade incline through the sheltering forest for about a mile. A couple of small stream crossings will be passed. About 1.5 miles into the trail, a series of switchbacks (about 20) will begin. The switchbacks are moderate at first then the incline starts to ascend pretty dramatically. Leading out of the forest, you will arrive at the first major waterfall. Continue onward and upward crossing to the left of the waterfall. The trail then beings to get very rough and rocky continuing this way throughout the rest of the hike. Some of the pathway is very narrow, hugging the edge of the mountain with thick overgrowth. The final ascend into the basin is very steep amongst rocks and flat boulders. You will then arrive at Gothic Basin when you see a small lake surrounded by numerous peaks at 4.5 miles into the hike. The hike to Foggy Lake was about 20 minutes past Gothic Basin. It is probably about half a mile away with another 500 ft of additional elevation gain. There is not a clear trail to the lake. You will not see any views at the base of Gothic Basin. The higher you go, the better the views get. After reaching the top of the first ridge the view was magnificent seeing the small lake on the bottom and the different surrounding mountains/peaks. The view was worth the difficult journey. Foggy Lake is very nice. You will not see much green as it is surrounded by rock formations. This hike is mentally draining because you are constantly trekking over rocks, boulders and walking/climbing steeply over ridges without knowing if you are close to the end. However, all breathtaking views come with a challenge! *Northwest Forest Pass required*

hiking
13 minutes ago

Such a beautiful hike. More crowded than I thought though (we went on a Sunday). It took us 2 hours 5 min to go up, stayed up there for 2 hours, and it took less than two hours to go down. We hike almost every weekend, and this hike is one of our favorites in Washington. Our computer said 11.5 miles. Make sure to go up to Foggy Lake. The lake itself is very pretty, but the views are even better.

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hiking
3 days ago

This is one of the best hike I ever done !!. First mile of the hike is plain gravel road then you will see the signs where you will take right. Once you reach the trail head first half mile easy then it's start getting steep. Trail is in very good condition. We started around 8:00am, parking lot was almost full so we parked around the roadside. It was foggy and cool so bugs were not that bad. Took us 3 hours and 20 min to get up to Foggy lake which is just extra less then a mile away from the basin. We took couple small breaks to eat snacks. If you go to gothic basin you should defiantly go up to foggy lake. We had lunch at foggy lake and the view was mind blowing!! Took us 2 hours and 40 minutes to come back to the parking lot and parking lot was over flowing. We meet people of all ages up there which was super impressive, It's want easy hike for us.
Checklist:
1. Go early in morning on weekday and on sunny day.
2. Plenty of water and food we took 3-4 liters and it was gone.
3. Extra layer of clothing and hiking poles at foggy lake it gets cold.
northwest forest pass.
4. Sunscreen/sunglasses/ bug spray.

This is a hike where every turn you take there is a different beautiful view.

Best of luck!!!

4 days ago

Took daughter on her first over night. Slight breeze kept the bugs down, very little to no snow left. Fairly busy for a weekday but otherwise enjoyable.

trail running
8 days ago

A bit crowded but nice views and lakes. Do yourself a favor and go scramble Gothic & Del Campo peaks, they are well worth the extra effort. They are not terribly difficult (if you have scrambled before).

9 days ago

Well worth the effort! A variety of terrain and awesome views. Bring a filter or lots of water!

backpacking
10 days ago

Mid July-it was hot! The views are amazing!

backpacking
18 days ago

Stunning views in the basin and at Foggy Lake, which still has ice in it. There's also still some snow in the basin, but it's very possible to move around without having to actually cross any snow.

Compared to other trails in the area, the people who created this one weren't generous with the switchbacks; the grade is steep in the middle of the hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing view with steep climbs

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
24 days ago

trail head is at barlow pass, go through the old railroad gate, 3/4 mile on your right. intense switchbacks in the beginning! killer views and waterfall. a few snow patches at the top. lower lake is icy! awesome trail.

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

We went up on the 7th to camp gothic, but decided to stay about mile below. the next day we day hiked up to foggy. the day was beautiful! best views ever. foggy still covered in snow with edges melted a little. we saw people hike all the way up del campo! it was amazing to watch. had some snow bridges that was sketchy but went up slow and made it just fine.

backpacking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike with great waterfalls, steep climbs, and lot of snow to cross as you near 500 ft. The climb is difficult but can be enjoyable with a small bit of preparation. I would recommend boots for snow, water filter, compass, and map. If you do not own a water filter, please be sure to bring enough water, as the climb is steep.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is another five star hike in my opinion. However the day I went was not a five star day. This is also a past review and doesnt reflect current trail conditions. Just as I approached Foggy lake the weather came in fast and withing minutes it was hailing and then raining. This was in July as well. The trail has variety in the types of terrain it offers. There are some points where you have to pull yourself up the rocks, like a mini scramble as well as numerous water crossings. Make you you pick a great day for this hike to make it worth your efforts. I dont mind a nice overcast day but this is a hike you will probably want to see all that it has to offer. Make use you take the short climb to Foggy Lake as well.

1 month ago