Silver Lake Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.7 miles
1,643 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


It is a steep hike that is mostly in the shade, it is narrow but very well defined. The only thing that can fit on this trail is humans and dogs, it is too narrow for horses. It is a strenuous trail but to see Silver Lake is worth the sweat. You may be thinking that the lake would be refreshing to dive into, but it is a snow melt lake. If you wanted you could also continue onto Twin Lakes (2.4 miles further with a 343' elevation gain).

3 months ago

I’m not sure where these people drove to to make it only 2-5 miles. That would have made the hike a lot quicker for us as ours was 16 mile RT! We had to go through Monte and that adds a total of 8 miles RT headed up to the town. Maybe we missed something somewhere, where you can drive in closer but it’s such an easy 8 extra miles and beautiful at that. Silver lake is stunning, the adjacent peaks are gorgeous and minimal bug last Monday!

3 months ago

This hike is actually about 5.8 miles (includes a very easy 4 mike hike through monte cristo). The way up has a steady incline, until you get about a quarter mile out, then you climb ~400ft in a very short period. The lake is gorgeous! Camping spots are limited, but many people end up continuing on to Twin Lakes anyways. Bring bug spray, they can get bad near the lake. No snow and the monte cristo trailhead is easy to get to with any car.

5 months ago

Very miss leading. You have to hike Monte Cristo Trail before you even get there. Views were nice once there not so much getting there.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

hiked this trail 3 weeks ago. cleared all the switch backs and got really close before I had to turn back cause of sketchy snow. my dog kept falling through. should be cleared up now though!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Loved this hike, it is not easy! my fiance backpacked our 2 year old and that was pretty hard, but he was determined; he proposed once we made it to Silverlake

Saturday, August 13, 2016