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Greider Lakes Trail

HARD 106 reviews

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.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,932 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

bird watching

beach

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lake

river

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

First half not too challenging but gradual incline @ Mile 2. Lovely views entire way & reward of spectacular Alpine Lake. Light foot traffic and fair conditions entire way. Excellent substitute for old Fav Serene Lake

running
1 month ago

Stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike, beautiful the whole way, and a nice challenge (not tooo challenging though!). But be warned, there are lots of creeks to cross, and my hiking partner and I both recorded the hike AND talked to others on trail and we think this is at least a mile longer than advertised, at least 9+ miles.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Road to the trailhead is very well-maintained. You're required to register on the drive in, although there's no fee. Directions from Google Maps got a bit sketchy as you got close to the trailhead, but it's pretty easy to find. Bathroom at trailhead too. Trail starts out in some lush green forests, with lots of different types of mushrooms. I recommend trekking poles for the creek crossing. Another area is a bit flooded right now, and the easiest crossing was over a beaver dam (which I felt bad about doing). Trail is easy for the first 2 miles, then it's straight up some crazy switchbacks for what seems like forever. Very muddy and wet, with water just pouring down the side of the mountain. Did this hike on a cold/wet weekend, and the view at the top didn't quite seem as rewarding as it might when the sun's out. The 2nd half of this hike is not for the faint-hearted, more because it requires mental stamina to keep going up all the switchbacks. This one's at the bottom of my list of hikes I've done this year, but great for mushrooms and getting away from crowds of people.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Trail is a single track and flat with several creek crossings (not too difficult to navigate - trekking poles helpful) along Spada Lake. Head inland at 2.5 miles and start the trek uphill. Reviews said strenuous switchbacks but it’s really not bad). Trail had quite a bit of water flowing across it and is fairly rocky in places. 2 miles uphill then levels out again to lower Greider. upper greider another 0.5 miles. Beautiful lakes with waterfalls cascading into upper. fall colors are turning. Pouring rain and some hail. Time to gear up for the winter hikes!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great hike. Road up to the trail is well-maintained. We hiked on a rainy/misty day and the waterfalls were everywhere. Pretty wet trail as the water often ran down the trail itself. Campsites at little/big Greidier lake seemed really nice, fireplaces built into each one. In total, our fit bit/ Iphone said hike was around 10.5 miles round trip. Views were awesome, 10/10 qould recommend this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

amazing hike! the beginning was fairly easy, last two miles are all switchbacks. great place to hike, very few people on the trail. the views are absolutely stunning, definitely recommend.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is an amazing hike with some excellent camp ground near the lakes if you are so inclined. The switch backs are intense but worth it.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

There were people doing some upkeep on the beginning part of the trail but by the time we got to the switchbacks it was very muddy and overgrown. A few water crossing along the way, that I think were worse than normal because I think there was a rain storm in this area last night. We didn’t finish the hike but saw some Great Lake views along the way. Only people we saw were the trail construction people. It was nice.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

great hike! first 2ish miles are very easy, last 2 are all switchbacks but definitely worth it! Would be even more scenic on a sunny day. very few other hikers, nice spots to camp at the top

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail Thursday 6-13-19. Arrived at parking lot at 8am. Took me 45 mins to reach trailhead after you get off Hwy2. Road is ok, there is some sharp turns and potholes but nothing bad. Didn’t see anybody until I was coming down. Really peaceful, lakes were beautiful, mosquitos weren’t bad. Plenty of porta parties, one at each lake and 3 more on the way. It was over 9 miles according to all trails tracker. As other have mentioned, the first two miles are easy, then after the boulder/greider lakes fork, it gets really steep. Poles were great help for sure. Saw really fresh scat, after reviewing at home, I’m pretty sure it was a bobcat. No pass required, just make sure you sign the PUD form, it’s on the right side of road, right before the gate that closes during winter.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Challenging switchbacks, also very rocky with tree roots and muddy in spots so have good boots (maybe poles, we didn't, and I think it would have helped coming down such a steep incline). There are huge old growth Western Cedars along the path and the view at the big lake is lovely. It took us 2.5 hours up from the parking lot and 2 hours back down.

5 months ago

lots to see on this trail. almost all the elevation comes just before the little lake, so be in good shape!

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Parking lot was about a quarter full around 9am and mostly full upon return at 12:45pm. But it's a big, well maintained lot so there's plenty of spillover space. First 2+ miles along the reservoir until you reach the main trailhead and all the switchbacks is nice but not the prize. There is indeed a ton of switchbacks but they're well done, most are short, and the incline is never too bad. The trail is really muddy in a lot of spots right now (like really muddy) and slippery as well. However, the lakes are worth it - stunning. Lots of great campsites, too.

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