Greider Lakes Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.9 miElevation gain1,932 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingBeachForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/MorningStar The first 2.2 miles are along an old gravel road turned trail, mostly flat. After 2.2 you reach the old trailhead and then it’s another 1.8 to the first lake. It will be another 0.5 to reach the larger lake. The lakes are a nice place to camp.

No permits needed, parking is free

Washington State Department of Natural Resources South Puget Sound Region Tel:360.825.1631

From Everett, E on US 2 to Sultan. N at sign 'Sultan Basin Recreation Area' for about 14 miles. Take middle fork at a three way junction for 7 miles to trailhead

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Hernand Parubrub
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CampingIcyMuddyRockySnowWashed out

Icy by the lake this morning. There are lot of downed trees blocking the trail and some part of trail erosions. Be careful when stepping on the roots, they are slippery. The Lake was beautiful and so serene. I want to camp out there next summer.

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Cynthia O
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Hiking

Lovely day on the trail. Snow! Most melted on the way down.

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Ken Hsieh
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HikingGreat!
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Alysha Herich
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Hiking

This hike is very beautiful! I'm unsure why it says "Closed", but it has said that for a very long time and I still went and did it.

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Nicole Wilson
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First 2.2 miles are along an old gravel road turned trail, mostly flat. At 2.2 you reach the old trailhead and then it’s another 1.8 to the first lake and then another .5 to the big lake! Definitely go to the big lake! Fall colors were beautiful. We didn’t see a single hiker until we were about 2 miles from the trailhead on our way back.

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Emma Zimmerman
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HikingRocky

A truly underrated trail in my opinion! It has everything: multiple lake views, shaded trail, steps, sun at the top, a handful of nice camp spots (fire pits with grates!) and bathrooms. It's a steep climb of switchbacks that gets harder as you go, but the payoff is wonderful. Hiking poles recommended. No bugs as previous reports mentioned, and very few people there last Saturday relative to other trails. Everyone we encountered masked up at the sight of others Plenty of parking at the trailhead.

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Carl Schuler
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HikingGreat!

Great hike pretty steep at the very top bugs are gone though not many people for a Friday

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Taylor Simonson
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Bob Dempsey
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HikingBugs

NOTE - lots of biting black flies that just give a finger to the Deep Woods OFF! spray. We hiked on a Friday and only passed a group of young men who had camped at the lake (didn't mask up) and a family going up on our way back down - so very lightly trafficked. Trail is easy to follow but our total distance was really about 9.25 miles. We got to the small lake but decided to lunch at the larger. Near the very end we lost the Alltrails map route - not sure where it goes in the last 500 feet though tried various trails, which mostly lead to camp sites. We found a trail that had a tree over it and it was a little bushwhacking but it wound to the lake where we had lunch. Trail was dry with no mud. On the way back we took the Loop trail over to the Boulder Trail. At the parking lot someone had scratched out the CLOSED part of the Boulder trail so we were hopeful but it was WAY overgrown and clearly not in use so we turned back to the parking lot.

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Olivia Jiao
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky
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Eli Grady
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HikingMuddy

great hike. cool lakes with camping spots. very muddy.

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Matthew Von Itter
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Katie Lundemo
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Hiking

Amazing! Need hiking poles and bug spray. Do it again!

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Alex Shaffer
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Great time. Left the lot around 9am and only saw a handful of other parties. A bit muddy in a few spots, but seems to be drying out compared to previous reviews.

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Sarah Thome
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BugsMuddy

Went today. Muddy is some spots. Bugs! Very quiet. Saw only two people. Went to the second Greider lake. Lakes were pretty close to each other. Pretty views at the top. Elevation was a good workout once we got to the old trailhead 2 miles in from the car. Total hike was about 9 miles. Drive in is pretty far from Hwy 2 but worth it since many hikes these days closer are getting crowded. Wondering if next time we could bring a bike & lock to cut some time since we walked on a flat part for awhile!

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Ted Cairns
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Lovely hike if you're okay with a lot of mud.. And water crossings.. But well worth it! Very pretty!

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