Mildred Lakes Trail

HARD 18 reviews
#54 of 158 trails in

Mildred Lakes Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

6.2 miles
2,965 feet
Out & Back




nature trips






wild flowers



over grown

no dogs

This is a challenging trail due to the terrain and elevation as well as the fact that it is not well maintained. It is beautiful and the fishing is great, but you will need decent navigational skills to safely make it out and back.

27 days ago

This is a really nice, really hard hike. I did it as a day hike on a Sunday in mid-June. Snow was almost entirely melted. Only 4 other groups on the trail that day. I would have gotten completely lost without the All trails app GPS. I would not recommend this trail without the app, it is very hard to follow the trail. The view at the summit is absolutely gorgeous, as are the lakes. No airplanes over this valley, so it was absolutely bereft of human noise, glorious. I'm in decent shape and it took me 9 hours and felt incredibly exhausted at the end. There is a 1000 ft up in 1/4 mile at one point, which is truly demoralizing, but amazing to complete. I think this would be best as an in one day, out the next trail, it felt a little too much for a truly enjoyable day hike. Plus its so gorgeous by the lakes, its worth having time to explore them.

2 months ago

Yes, this is one of the more difficult hikes on the eastern side of the Olympics. The first 3/4 is moderate until you reach a slide area. Then it turns into a goat trail going up, up, up. You come back down to a river crossing and then head up a steep incline for another 3/4 miles. There is a nice plateau, suitable for camping on the way to the top where there are sweeping views. Then, it is down to three lakes; small, medium and Lake Mildred - all beautiful. Well worth the trip. It is a 5 hr. trek out and 3 hr. trek back for a day hike. Difficult and fun. Beautiful.

11 months ago

Trail is hard and keeps giving you more just when you think you have conquered it!! Fly fishing was great, and the trail gives you a unique look you cannot get anywhere else.

11 months ago

wow this is one crazy trail but well worth the hike and fishing was decent. my friend and I decided to start hiking this was our first trip out. we definitely did not expect the trail to be that steep for what seemed like forever. we had approximately 40 pound packs stayed for 2 nights and 3 days. long hard trip but worth every minute the sceneary was amazing even met some great people along the trail.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This trail is pretty intense! We were not expecting such rugged terrain as we were only going for a day hike. Took us about 5 hours there and 3 hours back. Looks like folks have remarked the trail as it is easy to lose. The huckleberry creek is beautiful and we had a lot of fun playing around in that area. We had two dogs with us ( a cattle dog & pitbull) we had to help the pitbull down a few spots on the way back. Make sure you bring a water filter and lots of snacks if you are doing a day hike you will be thirsty!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Goat trail, but well worth the effort. still plenty of snow up top.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I did this one a while back. The trail ended about half way there. Definitely need map and map skills ( unless you use GPS). But we'll worth the hike.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

It poured raining with wind the entire hike. Finishing was the most triumphant feeling.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

This trail is more difficult than Upper Lena or Putvin trail. Even as an experienced hiker, give yourself plenty of time. Five hours for the hike in is reasonable, and 3+ for the hike out.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Did this hike twice now, both times were a challenge, but the end result is so worth the trip. Good luck with trying to catch the fish out of the smaller lake. My group and I tried forever with no luck. But the sights on the way are amazing. Some spots are harder to follow the trail, but it's easy enough to figure out. I can see myself going again. That's for sure.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

tough hike

Monday, August 05, 2013

Trail after the falls almost entirely disappears, tried to follow the pink ribbon that others used to mark the trail, but most of it had fallen to the ground, and become buried. Next time I make this hike I will bring a few rolls of ribbon to mark the trail again, as I only went for a day hike and had no intentions of getting lost out here. I never made it to the lakes, but plan to in the near future.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Primitive trail, well marked, beautiful views of the mountains, snow on some portions of the trail. Overall I would say excellent hike ! Will go again soon!

Monday, April 29, 2013

This is one trail I need to do again as it has been too long since my last hike here. I've seen primitive trails in better condition than this trail but it is the type of trail I like.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I would call this more of a fisherman's trail than a hiking trail. It is not really maintained except for some cuts in recently downed trees. You will be going over, under and around logs with regularity. There are plenty of tree roots to grab onto when you go up the steep parts, one stretch gains around 1000 feet in 1/2 mile. I found I had to to be constantly looking for the trail and had to back track several times.
The lakes themselves are very nice and are ringed with rock peaks at the head of the valley. Being mid September there were very few bugs to deal with so you could just stretch out in the sun and relax.

Monday, April 04, 2011

This hike was fun even though we encountered a few setbacks. 1.) the trail can be difficult at times to follow. Got lost on the trail going in before the last jaunt down into the valley where the lakes are. Then almost lost the trail the last part coming out. The ground was covered in dead bark from the trees and keeping to the right path wasn't easy! Alot of people have tried to mark this with the pink and orange marker tape but it's deceiving. Just watch where you go and try to follow the trail as best as you can. Part of the fun was deciding which color to stay with. LOL! 2.) The road is washed out way before the trailhead so you have to hike 2 miles approx. just to get started up the trail. 3.) We went in July if I remember correctly and found the mosquitos to be overwhelming at times even with the bug juice. Tried fishing in two of the lakes but had minimal luck there. Caught and ate 1 fish and didn't catch another. The big lake looks real DEEP but don't know if there are many fish there. All in all, it's a nice hike since it's more up and down through the valleys so you don't get overly exhausted. Will probably do this hike again someday but there are many more I haven't done so this one will have to wait. Anything that has lake fishing to me is a good time though so I may go back and try it again before you know it. Beautiful lake reflection to wake up to the morning we came home. Beautiful mountains all around everywhere you go. If the fishing was better, I would give this 4 stars even with the difficulties. I like a challenge so that only adds to my ratings. Not a bad hike by any means.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Saturday, June 06, 2015