Sheep Lake Trail

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Sheep Lake Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Enumclaw, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

5.0 miles
997 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers



no dogs

A short hike to Sheep Lake, where hikers can stay for the day, camp for the night, or continue on to Sourdough Gap. Plenty of wildflowers and a lake perfect for swimming in the summer, as well as small, unmarked trails branching through the area for those that like to explore.

1 month ago

Nice fairly easy hike to Sheep Lake, with beautiful views along the way.

6 months ago

Beautiful lake and easier hike. There was still a lot of snow when we went in July, I'd recommend going late July / August timeframe. Lookout points are nice with stunning views.

7 months ago

Great hike for beginners! Recommend for anyone! And the views are great!

7 months ago

Fairly easy trail. Take your binoculars there are a least 15 elk grazing in the meadows below the trail and below the 410 HWY.
There are 4 or 5 trees across the trail so horses may have difficulty. Your reward is a beautiful Lake setting for lunch with curious chipmunks then an easy hike back to the car. I did not hike up to Windy Gap but the trail is clear of snow.

7 months ago

Beautiful view.

10 months ago

Great, easy backpack for kids. Lots to do, like explore the little stream, fish, wade in the lake, and take a day hike. One we did was head up the trail to sourdough gap, and then turn left in the gap to hike up onto a little ridge overlooking sheep lake and two others. Fun hike

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Went on a high 80 degree day. Couldn't have asked for a better stop! Great views, cold water and a warm summer day. Would love to camp here next summer.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Was a great view all the way around, What I didn't like was the trail is sandy and a lot of dusk if your behind people. Would do it again just for the view!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This was not a bad hike for beginning hikers such as myself. The trail is popular and lots of foot traffic. In some places it's difficult to step aside to let fast hikers just takes patience. Most of the elevation gain takes place in the last mile, but the trail is wider there. The view at the end is worth the hike..

Monday, August 15, 2016

So beautiful! Gorgeous views right beside you on most of the trail and a pretty lake at the end. Recommended!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Troop 655 left Spanaway on Friday and returned today. What an awesome trip we had. Packed in and camped, fished and hiked over the gap to Crystal Lake. The only thing that I could possibly complain about was a few rude backpackers that were rude to the boys. This was the perfect hike for the 10 to 13 year old self supported boys carrying all their own gear. Building up to a 50 mile trip in the next year.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Such an amazing 2 days

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Just hiked this yesterday and it was beautiful. Dry, dusty trail, not too crowded. The lake had a few campers around it when we got there and got a little busier as the afternoon went on. Met a few thru-hikers on the PCT, it was fun to talk to them. It's got some pretty steep drop-offs as you're following above the highway, so if you're afraid of heights, be prepared. Will definitely do this hike again.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I hike this a few months ago and it was a good hike. There was definitely a fair amount of people up in the hills to Sheep Lake but after that, we didn't see many people all the way to Crystal Lake. It was a nice steady climb to both and minimal bugs making it something to do with a family. We had lunch just off the PCT, took some pictures and then headed back down the mountain. Overall, a good day and something i would gladly do again.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Beautiful, easy 4 mile hike to Sheep Lake. It is quite popular, so be prepared to share the narrow trail with oncoming fellow hikers/dogs/etc. If you're wanting solitude, this probably isn't quite the hike for you. However, the lake is gorgeous, and I recommend going in the spring when the wildflowers bloom, or take a dip in Sheep Lake in August in high heat.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

06/12/2015 - Friday - Very light traffic at the lake today. Strong winds and cold temps on the other side of Sourdough Gap made the lake feel great in comparison. The trail is clear and easy. No bugs to speak of.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

great hike, sheep lake is beautiful and calm with peaks and trails all around it. good for all ages.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This is a very easy trail that is only 1.5 miles long. When we went on 7/22/14, it was raining/overcast and there were NO bugs. It is required that you camp at least 100 feet from the lake, but there is plenty of room. At the moment, NO campfires are allowed. We fished for a few hours and caught 3 small Brook Trout. The trail is well groomed and could be completed with young children.

Monday, July 21, 2014

07/20/2014 - This trail is a tiny piece of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) running from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. For me it was awe-inspiring just knowing that. We met a hiker with a very determined walk who was obviously going much further than we were. We asked him where he started and he said he began 3 1/2 months ago at the Mexican border and was planning on entering Canada in about 3 weeks. He was camping at Sheep Lake for the night. Wow... The Sheep Lake trail is really great. It's beautiful and quiet once past the section that parallels 410. The lake is serene with idyllic campsites surrounding most of it. The weather was foggy and misty and cold (50's) for this time of year. That kept a lot of people away and we weren't bothered by a single bug. I'll post photos. I'm sure it's a completely different place in the sun, but equally awesome in the clouds.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Beautiful short trail. Very easy terrain. Can stop at Sheep Lake or continue to beautiful breathtaking views at Sourdough Gap at the top. We took our 3 dogs... Great walk for them and would be for kids too. Round trip, including to the top, was only about 7 miles.

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