Independence Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
616 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




Please note snow is common during early summer. Please check trail and road conditions ahead of time. Trail and road are currently open, though there is still snow present.

2 months ago

First intentional day hike/fish excursion. a family of four and a little pup went for a day hike (really to fish) 1 mile seemed perfect for our first together & hope to have many more. This hike is listed at Moderate and I would agree, from the trail head it was 3 quick switchbacks then onto a bit more level hike/walk, it was dry so this was relativiely an easy hike, although a couple of us were huffing an puffing because a) were out of shape b) were ex-smokers c) it was about 65 degrees. Overall a great hike. Once we got to Independence lake we stopped to fish, this was the clearest most blue water I'd ever laid eyes on and yes, there were fish in the lake. We got quite a few hits & double hits from the fish whom were chasing rooster tails/lures like candy but wouldn't take em. Great hike, we will definitely be back here and continue to explore this great Northwest we have in our backyards.

3 months ago

forest road was pretty decent, car could make it up just go slow. trail was easy enough for kids and not too long. independent lake was gorgeous!! aqua blue. tried to make it to north lake but turned around half way. talked to a few people on the way up who said its easy to lose the trail best to download the map. we will be back to camp and go to north lake.

4 months ago

Still some snow on the trail. Wasn’t able to make it to the second lake, but still worth the trip.

5 months ago

Found this trail by chance. The road is closed due to snow and most of path leading to the trailhead is covered with a few feet of snow/slush. Beautiful views throughout and made it to the lake without much snow gear or snow shoes. The lake is gorgeous, still a bit frozen but in the process of melting.

Monday, July 31, 2017

I love it when people venture into the woods/nature/hiking, only to then complain about encountering bugs.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Too many bugs to sit and enjoy our lunch at the lake, but a very beautiful lake and easy trail

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A few patches of snow on trail as of 6/24, but easy to navigate in normal running shoes. Great hike with a young kiddo and dog. Will be back!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

still snow on trail, 6.10.17, unfortunately we didn't bring gear for a snow hike

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Five Star if you go on past the lake and up to the saddle where you can drop down to North Lake. If you go to the saddle, the one way distance is about 1.6 miles, and the elevation gain from the lake to the saddle is about 1100 feet. The views and the hike up sre worth it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Most of the approach to the lake is traveling on a gravel road. I rode my mountain bike up the road and left it for only the last half mile which is actually a trail. The lake is crystal clear and the logs floating on the surfice when I was their made for some nice pictures.

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