Green Lake Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

Green Lake Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buckley, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2011 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

beach

forest

lake

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

From Tacoma, east on Higway 410 to Buckley. Left on Highway 165 for 10.8 miles. Left at fork for 11.4 miles to trailhead on right.

Stopped at the waterfall. So beautiful

It was amazing.

hiking
23 days ago

24 days ago

walking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike. It did not feel like 9.5 miles. The hike was easy to follow and clearly marked. This is a great hike to do if you are used to 5-6 mile hikes and wanna try something longer. Not intimidating at all. The 3 mile walk to the trail is relatively flat. The actual trail has an elevation gain but nothing out of the ordinary as far as hikes go. The waterfall is absolutely beautiful and the lake you end up at is a beautiful little hidden gem and worth the additional distance past the waterfall. There was light snow closer to the lake. The only slight difficult part was coming back in some areas with snow because of the declining elevation. Nothing too difficult just have to watch your step. You can do this with hiking boots or trail shoes. Highly recommend this hike!

2 months ago

2 months ago

I'd say this was an easy trail, pretty steep in places but the switchbacks leveled it out nice. The falls were beautiful and the lake was amazing. The trail is clearly marked from the road so you don't have to worry about missing it. From where we parked it was about 13 miles round trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! First 3 miles was easy next 1.8 was a moderate climb to the top. Very little snow on the trail except for the final quarter mile. Snow was compact and easy walking. Lake was frozen over but the falls was great! Took a total of 4 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Excellent conditions especially for the time of year. Snow at the top was compact/no need for specific shoes. Light/misty snow near the top as well. Lake was snowed over. Took 3 1/2 hours round trip w/ picture stopping a handful of times.

Gear with me: workout shoes, sweats, sweatshirt, thick compression long-sleeve, baseball hat- nothing fancy.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Went a few weeks ago. The watetfall was still running beautiful. As we moved up in elevation their was a good 6 to 8" snow it was beautiful. The trail was a little sloppy and small 5 ft part of seems to be washed out. Passable, very narrow only a foot wide, note my foot is 3.5 inches wide. Wet tree roots make the path slick. Really like the path despite the challenges.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a nice chilly day for a hike. Didn't make it to the lake, turned around about 1/2 mile away. I didn't take my snow shoes and the snow was 2' deep. Ranger Falls was beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Completed this trail 9/30. Beautiful day with lots of gorgeous scenery throughout the whole hike. The beginning of the Green Lake trail was pretty steep but manageable with my 15 month daughter in a backpack. Loved all the little streams along the trail and all the big trees to walk under. You can hear the waterfall as you approach which gives you that extra boost to get going. Once you reach the lake I recommend walking out on the logs to look over to the left, as there was sections of trees with all the beautiful fall colored leaves. Wouldn't say that this trail was easy, more of a moderate trail. This is one of my new favorite trails and plan on coming back to watch the changes throughout the seasons.

9 months ago

I went here with my husband and it was so beautiful , it is pretty easy but make sure u wear the right shoes. I will be back

10 months ago

There is a 3 mile walk from the gate to the actual trail head. Do yourself a favor, grab a map out of the bulletin board area. You'll need it to swat at the bees that will attack you along those 3 miles. It is a long walk inside the forest. At almost the end of the 3 miles you come to the river and a little creek. It's really pretty. Then head UP UP UP the trail, lots of switch backs, tree trunks and roots to climb over. If you're out of shape, have fun lol, I had to sit on stumps a few times(a lot of times lol). Once you get to the waterfall though it is worth it. Very beautiful.
Don't miss out on the carving of the penis on one of the logs. Majestic lol!
We did not go on to the lake, turned around and went back. 8 miles was enough for us in one day.