Independence Lake Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Independence Lake Trail is a 1.6 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.

1.6 miles
554 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Directions from Verlot: Travel 15 miles east on the Mt. Loop Hwy. Then turn left on the Coal Lake Road #4060 and continue 4.8 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

17 days 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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Monday, June 15, 2015