Mineral Creek Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Mineral Creek Trail is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roslyn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2618 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

old growth

over grown

Mineral Creek trail follows Mineral creek up to Park Lake, with access to the Pacific Crest Trail.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail follows mineral creek up a beautiful basin surrounded by tall, rocky mountains. There are a few stream crossings that weren't too challenging but some downed trees and debris made it a little challenging to pick a good route across. Once we got past the second crossing, the brush because very thick and overgrown. Though the trail is easy enough to follow, be prepared to hike through some dense foliage and brambles including salmon berries and thimble berries. We did not make it all the way to Park Lake due to a late start on the hike. No snow and the creek crossings were manageable.

5 months ago

6/18/17
Just did the trail in an attempt to get up on Mt. Chikamin. The slide Alder about 2 miles in does make for wet travel after/during rain and there's probably about a mile of it to negotiate.(rain pants are a must!) There's also a 2 creek crossings to negotiate. The first being 1/4 mile from the parking lot.( there's a downed log to walk) The second, about mile 2, was thigh high and swift, but short.(use caution) All in all it's a great hike, but we only made it to Park Lakes. There's still a lot of snow up there and locating the trail is difficult.

backpacking
Friday, August 19, 2016

The trail is overgrown. Bring rain gear so as not to get your clothes soaked. Waterproof pants are necessary if you don't want the water to seep into your boots getting your socks soggy. This is a much different type of hiking for Washington. Watch your footing as you make your way through all the brush. This is definitely a challenge of a trail. There are loads and loads of wild raspberries though!

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fairly easy hike, slight grade up all the way until the end with about .5-1 mile of steep at the end. The trail has been cleared of brush about halfway, and is still fairly thick about mile 2.5-4. Definitely doable, just not the best trail to hike. As Adam said, it is a means to an end. Definitely worth the effort once you get to the lake. And if you go about 1 mile further past the lakes, you get an incredible view of Glacier Lake, Spectacle Lake, and Mt. Stuart in the distance. This is where I would go for a lunch break. The views from this vantage point definitely make you want to keep going... until you realize that you already have 6 miles to go to get back to the pickup.

hiking
Monday, August 13, 2012

Mineral Creek trail is a means to an end, providing access to Park Lakes and the Pacific Crest Trail. Steep in parts, muddy, and overgrown, this trail can be unpleasant, but it does bring you to a very nice section of the PCT.