Lake Isabel Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

Lake Isabel Trail is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2595 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

1 day ago

The trail is completely wiped out

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

once you get into the tree's, after leaving the clear cut logging area, you'll cling up a dry hillside for about 40 minutes. Then the trail levels off for a while. It follows a dry creak bed for 20 minutes and turns in to the tree's that you have to climb up and over. Across another dry creek, climbing up to a wet, muddy path. there are trees that have fallen that you can navigate across. About an hour and a half up, there is a way to walk up the fallen trees for about 30 minutes. Close to the base of the last, hardest part, there's a clearing.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Would not recommend. Easy to follow the logging trail but you don't see actual trailhead to find the route to the lake due to all the logging tree cut. Sad to see the forest demolished and all the logging cables left behind. Ran into a couple as we were heading back, this was their 5th attempt to find the lake. We had a gps and unable to locate trail head off logging road. Directed us to the river to cross the bridge but trail poorly maintained and bridge to overgrown to use.

1 month ago

great challenge uphill the whole time from where you start look up see the two peaks the lake is in between. just follow the gravel road up to the tree line the trail is back in between where the peaks meet you can hear may creek. bring bug spray or wipes and be ready to climb it gets steep at the end and look for the ribbons trail is difficult to follow. oh and cell phone signal almost the whole time so use Google map if you need to

backpacking
1 month ago

from where you park, the trail follows a logging road for about an hour. At the place where the trail leaves the old loggin road behind is hard to locate. Don't try to find it, this section of the trail goes straight up a hill that's been clear cut. Stay on the old logging road and follow it around up the hill, it's much easier. As you get neat the top, there will be two groups of tree's. in between is a path that you can follow for about 100 yards to the Lake Isabel trail. From there you're about an hour or so to the lake. Once inside the forest, the trail climbs at a steady pace and will follow the creek for awhile. The steepest part is right before the lake. Take your time, it is a challenge.

1 month ago

the last little bit of hike to the lake is a little worse. your grabbing roots and climbing and lots of flies out right now..
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2 months ago

Long walk to get to the actual trail head.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

they have been cutting down all the trees in the forest since last year I went hete. it's not even a hike anymore it's more like a construction site. Makes me mad and sad we need a discovery pass for this so called hike

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is hard to navigate and took alot of time just trying to stay on the trail. We missed the trail the first time off the logging road. Alltrails navigation helped us realize it and we turned around looking for the pink markers that lead into the trees. Following these Pink (Some Yellow) Markers are key. The trail leads you under and over many trees. It was a challenge but we enjoyed it. There are some straight up hills that make it seem you are not on the trail but you can see the markers on the trees that will help you know which direction to go. Be patient and pay attention to your surroundings. There are many slippery parts throughout the trail along with soft wood when standing on it. All in all it was enjoyable.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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8 months ago

I'm not beginner hiker. But I have to say it's toughest hike I've done. the trail is hard to find and follow. the last part of the trail is very steep. it took us more than 2 hours to reach the lake. Made it back to my car right before complete dark. me and my dogs are exhausted. we saw only one hiker on the logging road returning after failed attempt to find the trail.

9 months ago

11 months ago

It is an adventure!

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016