Sheep Lake Trail

EASY 18 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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.

backpacking
2 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

4 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

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 pass...it 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..

hiking
10 months ago

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

backpacking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Such an amazing 2 days

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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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hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, November 10, 2012

It is a nice hike and when we went, there was only one other couple on the trail. We were lucky enough to go on a beautiful fall day, the colors were wonderful! It's a nice trek on a well maintained trail that ends at the lake with plenty of places to sit and rest. It's perfect for a day hike and a picnic or camping. Fun for the whole family!

camping
Sunday, August 19, 2012

Great short hike to a beautiful campsite! The lake was a little cold, but still refreshing to wade in after the hike, which was pretty dry and dusty for the first half. Wildflowers were everywhere and they smelled incredible. Unfortunately, not only is there a burn ban in effect (and rangers ARE patrolling!) but the mosquitoes were ruthless and we had almost no bug spray. A great hike for beginners and/or families, but PACK BUG REPELLENT!

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2011

awsome trail, great for beginer backpackers