Granite Lakes Trail is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,427 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

snow

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20 hours ago

Great trail. Lake is amazing.

recorded Granite Lakes Trail

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bugs
2 days ago

Slight but consistent incline the whole way through. There are a few creeks once you get closer to the lake, so waterproof shoes are helpful. Muddy in some spots near the lake as well. Encountered a garter snake toward the start of the trail, before the Granite Creeks connector. Overall a nice, easy-to-follow hike.

muddy
3 days ago

Some girlfriends and I hiked this trail yesterday. The week prior snow was reported along the last 20% of the hike but had since melted. There was some recent rainfall so the rain/snow melt made things extra muddy towards the top. A few of the large creeks were difficult to cross without getting wet, so it would be challenging for smaller dogs/kids. Trekking poles would be helpful. This hike was almost entirely uphill, with very few plateaus. Overall great hike. During a good majority you will hear and see the river. The lake is beautiful but we didn't get the full mountain views because of the weather. We will definitely come back during the summer months.

5 days ago

Nice hike to Granite. Might check out Thompson Lake next time!

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muddy
7 days ago

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muddy
8 days ago

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fee
muddy
8 days ago

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muddy
9 days ago

Nice hike nice elevation but a bit muddy and crossing multiple little creeks

10 days ago

5/15/2020: Late review. pretty crowded on the trail around 8 am, and got more crowded on our way down. The hike was beautiful. quite a bit of snow further along (the last 20% of the hike). The lake was pretty busy, but the view was beautiful! Social distancing was not very easy to practice in the midst of the foot traffic.

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bugs
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over grown
11 days ago

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muddy
11 days ago

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muddy
11 days ago

We hiked this trail Memorial Weekend on Sunday. We left late, around 10 am. Main parking lot was full but there was some street parking left. The trail was moderately crowded. Most people were respectful to social distancing and/or wearing a mask. No snow on the trail. Some water on the trail, creek crossings not difficult with hiking boots. Some mud at the end.

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muddy
12 days ago

Started at 6:30am and parking lot had 5 cars. Quite a few streams to pass. I did it in sneakers and was fine until the big stream right after the Thompson/Granite Lake split. Everyone got their shoes wet even with hiking boots. The lake and lake area were not as interesting as I had hoped it would be. It was still cool and a good hike.

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muddy
13 days ago

Got to trail at 9am on a cloudy rainy Friday. Parking lot was not full but there was a group of WTA about to head up the trail. Social distancing is a bit of a challenge since most of the trail is narrow. It was hit or miss for hikers that were respectful to social distance. Waterproof hiking boots are highly recommended. By end of the hike my waterproof boots and socks were wet.

muddy
17 days ago

trail starts off wide and steep but then changes to narrow with some rocks. definitely several stream crossings. only one of which you might fully get your foot wet even jumping when jumping rocks. if you're wearing only tennis shoes your feet will get wet. finding the lake was difficult at the end with the snow at the top and the trail disappearing. we eventually found it to the right. not a huge spot to hang out at the top and explore but still a nice view. the trail is mainly dirt, no huge steps up or anything but several areas with fallen trees and brush you need to work around. pretty crowded today. everyone was good at social distancing but it was hard since the trail is so narrow with lots of shrubs on the side

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muddy
18 days ago

This hike was pretty awesome! I would recommend hiking boots for this trail. Beautiful streams of water and great scenery! Not that busy of a trail which is nice.

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snow
18 days ago

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muddy
over grown
snow
19 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It was popular even early on a Friday. A majority of the people where respectful and great at keeping distance when possible. I would say 60% of the folks had face coverings, others would pull off trial and turn away as you passed! The rest not so much. (Remember to pack out your trash, including your toilet paper.) There are several stream crossings you be aware of. I saw a lot of people with mesh looking tennis shoes. Between the mud and streams you want some solid shoes. There’s a little bit of snow left as you approach the lake. It was a gray and cloudy day when we arrived and then the sun peaked out just as we were leaving. There are a couple spots that are prime to get a decent photo, just remember to wait so you aren’t all crowding that one spot. :)

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muddy
19 days ago

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19 days ago

I got to the trailhead at 9 am on 5/15. The beginning of the trail is in great condition and very wide. On the second half of the hike the trail gets narrow and you walk/rub against bushes the rest of the way up. I found this iritating since branches were wacking my legs and I kept having to dodge branches. Its a constant climb until you reach the top, so come prepared for that. At the top, there wasn't much space to get away from other groups since the area is still snowy and marshy from the winter. The trail was extremely busy, especially for a Friday morning. Overall I didn't like this hike. I'm a very active hiker and I won't be doing this hike again.

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20 days ago

Great trail. Starts out going through a nice wooded area with lots of ferns and gradually becomes more and more rocky. There was one area that was washed out, but it was easy to pick your way across. Near the lake, it was a little difficult to pick up the trail. Probably due to a bit of snow still remaining. Fairly high-traffic. Probably passed at least 15-25 groups.

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rocky
20 days ago

Great hike! Kind of crowded by 10am on a Friday.

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washed out
20 days ago

Got here around 0700. Only two other vehicles. By the time I was done around 1130, the entire lot was full (to include lot across the road, road parking, etc) so I would recommend going very early. I saw two people going up and more than 30+ coming down. It was a beautiful hike. First two miles felt like a spiral staircase. Definitely gets your calves burning. There are two blown down trees to cross. Lots of streams so prepared for wet feet. Snow the last 1/2 mile-ish. Incredible lake! Would hike again - maybe fall when colors pop! Requires Discover Pass just FYI

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