Greider Lakes Trail

HARD 29 reviews
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Greider Lakes Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.9 miles
1932 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips






wild flowers

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

16 days ago

This is a great little backpacking spot away from the crowds of I-90 and Highway 2. We went on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and only had one other person also camping at the big lake. The hike up is flat part of the way, until you get to switchbacks which give you a nice workout. The trail then levels out about a quarter mile from the little lake. Campsites have fire pits, which is great. Lakes are beautiful. Road to the trailhead can be driven by literally and car. I would say this is a perfect backpacking trip for beginners or anyone that just wants a simple weekend in the woods.

17 days ago

Weather and trail conditions were great! The upper lake was awesome and had some great campsites with fire rings. A few guys were fishing, but didn’t appear to catch anything. Switchbacks has pretty good elevation gain.

30 days ago

This was the best and worst hike ever. It was far, long, and tiring. The end view of the lake was breath taking and absolutely worth it. Be prepared to literally climb a mountain to get to the peak, the switch backs get very frustrating because there are sooooo many. The actual trail head for this is 4 miles from where you park your car. There are also signs warning you about potential bears, although we didn’t see any or see any tracks. There still is some snow up at the peak (may 20), so be careful walking on it so you don’t fall through. I definitely suggest this hike to someone who’s fit and experienced.

10 months ago

from the parking lot it's an easy trail. There's a lot of little creek beds to cross. A beaver dam to navigate across, kinda muddy there. From the trail head at the base of the hill to the top takes about an hour. it is quite challenging. The lakes are beautiful and worth the effort. Take lots of bug spray, they are vicious.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Snow free on 6/4 but not bug free. Nice lakes. After walking about 1 1/2 miles you come to a couple of markers for alternate trail routes but I didn't use either and proceeded straight which takes you to the main TH located about 2 miles from the parking lot and has a big obvious sign.

Monday, June 05, 2017

The trail wasn't well maintained. There was a river we ended up wading through in sandles due to rotting trees (which may have been used as bridges previously) and high water level. We came across several fallen trees blocking our way. The trail is manageable until the last 5-10%, then it gets extremely steep. It's difficult on the way up, but a little dangerous on the way down (this is for backpacking, not necessarily day hiking). Little Greider and Big Greider both have great camp sites with built in fire pits. Both the trail and campsites were fairly wet when we went (first week of June). The trail will probably be more manageable the dryer it gets.

Monday, April 24, 2017

This is not an easy hike after you pass mile 2. In fact, it is steep and rough. Roots, rocks, and mysterious monsters grabbing at your feet unexpectedly. (legs tire easy with the incline, and one needs to concentrate on lifting your feet.) A miss-step can be problematic, so be careful. While there are about 40 switch-backs, don't count'll just get depressed on how many more you have to go.
But the trail is beautiful, and the apex of the trek is worth it. Some 400 year old growth scatter the trail, and ancient remnants of a fire.

late April and there was still a bit too much snow to get to Big Greider, or even camp at little Greider. But still beautiful.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The climb up through the rainforest can be challenging, but remember to stop and look up occasionally! Ancient evergreens punch through verdant carpets of huckleberries, ferns and other ground cover. The lake at the top is well worth the climb. When I went my friends and I had the trail entirely to ourselves. The only other souls we saw were chipmunks, squirrels, a dipper and a screech owl.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beautiful hike! The scenic views along the way are amazing.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

beautiful day for a hike.

Monday, April 11, 2016

This was a great trail. You walk a good way on mostly flat grounds with small divots for current or old streams. We did have to maneuver our way around rocks over the creeks to continue the trail, that was fun! Once you pass the 1981 bridge you start you trail. Good hike with a moderate feel in a couple areas but that doesn't last long. Some large trees were blocking the path (fallen and hadn't been moved) and my boyfriend used his axe to cut through, didn't know he happened to be quite the lumberjack. We started at 10:30am and came back down at around 3pm and we spent a good 30-40mins for lunch up at the big lake. It's worth it to hike the extra 0.5 to see the larger reservoir. Great hike and loved being able to see beautiful lake spada along the trail.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Great hike, lots of switchback... Too many to count! The mileage posted for this hike fails to mention the bonus 3 mile hike to get to the TH, easily making it an extra 5.5-6 miles RT. If you are a alpine angler, it's enjoyed there be golden trout in them waters.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Don't follow directions. Trail is actually outside sultan, highway 2 turn on Sultan basin road. Parking is quite aways from trailhead. Steep hike but solitude is worth it.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You have to start at the Spada Lake boat launch so the round trip is closer to 9 miles. Two miles on the old DNR road and 2.5 miles on the trails. Once you start up the trail toward the lakes you burn up some switchbacks and steps. The lakes are worth the effort. Minimal traffic - nice.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I am surprised, but selfishly pleased, that this trail is not busier! The first piece from the parking lot to the actual trailhead for the lakes is a relatively easy hike along a gravel pathway that dips in and out of small (at this time of year!) creek beds. You will pass Bear Creek day area that has a small picnic spot, portapotty, and a nice lookout over Spada Lake. Further up the trail is where you find well marked signs for Boulder Creek TH to the left and the Greider TH to the right.

From here the trail turns quite lovely. There is obviously a lot of care put into this trail; you will find plenty of switchbacks, stairs, and even log cutouts to help you along a very well established path. The forest is very pretty and varies with mosses, ferns, colorful mushrooms, fungi, and bright specks of flora. It is also a moderate to slightly challenging hike up, depending on whether you are day hiking or backpacking up overnight gear, so overall it's hardly boring.

When you see a signpost showing Mile 1, that is the distance remaining to get to Little Greider, and when you finally reach a boardwalk you know you are there. There are half a dozen nice campsites along Little Greider, then a small bridge crossing over a fast moving creek will take you over to Big Greider which is only a half mile further up. While the basin view of Big Greider is quite beautiful, the campsites are definitely better at Little Greider, and so was the berry picking. The nearby creek is also a great water supply, since it is somewhat weedy and shallow along the edge of the lake.

I basically had the place to myself other than one other overnighter who showed up late afternoon, which surprised me considering it was a long weekend. The weather was much better the next day so I met quite a few day hikers on the way up while I was headed back down.

I never did find the Vista trail mentioned at the TH, but suspect it is the overgrown trail to the right just before crossing the bridge to Big Greider.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Lots of berries, bushwhacking & bears can best describe this hike. Plenty of ripe wild raspberries, blue berries and loganberries to be had by all, including the bear populace. This is the most remote hike I've been on in a long while. 10+ miles on a gravel service road & another 2+ miles of walking just to get to the trailhead. Very overgrown trail, although, Big Greider Lake was beautiful, blue & rugged. I also found myself thankful that my grandson is fearless & I was able to remain cool, calm and" semi" collected should I find myself in close proximity of a bear again. This was definitely a hard working, excitement filled hike.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nice trail although it hasn't been maintained for some time. Campsites are nice but bathrooms closed, no longer maintained. Trail is very brushy in places so add a half hour or so to hiking time. The peace and quiet is worth it.

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