Malachite Lake

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Malachite Lake is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2713 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

walking

forest

lake

river

wild flowers

Short trail to a small alpine lake accessed from the West Fork Foss river trail.

hiking
2 days ago

13 days ago

The trailhead is easy to get to, parking is $5 if you don't have a pass. The trail is super rocky so come prepared. Wear hiking shoes with ankle support and I highly recommend trekking poles. It was super hot and barely a cool breeze. There are some great spots along the way to take a break and cool off in the shade and streams, however there are many areas of the trail that are fully exposed so wear lots of sunscreen and bring a ton of water and/or filter. My little dog and I went through all the water I had, 2 liters. Also, a ton of bugs out there! After you pass trout lake it's pretty much switchback city until you hit a steep/narrow incline of rocks to malachite lake. It was quite hazy from the smoke, but still super beautiful and worth all the effort. There's construction on highway 2, took us 3.5 hours to get back to Issaquah.

hiking
14 days ago

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15 days ago

Great hike for the summer. Not that many people on it for Saturday which adds to the serenity.

hiking
29 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike to a beautiful alpine lake. There was no snow on the trail but still some on the mountains which was cool. Definitely bring bug spray!

1 month ago

This hike is a pretty good climb after Trout Lake but the journey to the top is worth it. I went to Copper Lake first and there were many groups of people. I went back to the fork and took the trail to Malachite (planned doing both lakes regardless of people). To my surprise, not a soul in sight and the lake was spectacular. Highly recommend

Monday, July 14, 2014

At top, I took a left to Copper Lake instead and it was beautiful. Have no doubt Malachite would be equally beautiful. Mileage incorrect. Probably 8 miles roundtrip from trailhead. Beautiful with steep, rocky hike from Trout Lake.