Steamboat Rock Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Steamboat Rock Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Electric City, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Pay close attention to the surrounding area when you hike from the parking lot to the Mountain, there are plenty of deer that like to hang out under the few trees that offer shade. Also note that this hike is like walking on the beach. The first section of the trail is mostly sand. Once reaching the "climb" area, also pay close attention, although it looks like only one trail up, there is a trail almost directly next to the "most traveled" that offers a much easier access. Once you reach the top, you have the option to take the trail to the left or the right. There are quite a few trails to follow depending on what area you want to see, if you want to do a longer hike, you can make a day of it. Remember you are in rattlesnake country!

hiking
26 days ago

Completed this one winter 2017. Even with a foot of snow it was manageable for me and my little pup. The views from the top of iced over Banks Lake made any struggle we had well worth it. The deer kept us company the whole hike as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredibly beautiful area! Most of your elevation gain is done in one spurt, which allows you to catch your breath for the rest of your adventure. I ran across three rattlesnakes in my short time at the top so please be mindful of your surroundings. I'd recommend starting early that way you have plenty of time to explore - there's certainly no shortage of places to go around here!

hiking
2 months ago

...there is a short , steep section of lose rock to begin the climb that will deter some walkers .... but after that relatively easy walking with so much to explore atop Steamboat Rock..... surrounded by stunning views on all sides , plus the rush of inching along the vertical cliffs , this hike is a cant miss ....

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy hike, lots of rocks but the incline is short and once your up there it is flat. The view is nice from the top and the hike is fairly short. It isn't a day trip but lucky for you you can do northrup canyon just a few miles down the road too.

3 months ago

Fairly easy hike with incredible views. Would recommend checking it out if you're in the area. Climbing the scree slope at the beginning was the most difficult aspect of the hike, but perfectly manageable for most people even kids. Just be sure to have a good pair of supportive hiking boots as you can easily twist your ankle with the shifting rocks and especially if the rock faces are a little wet.

hiking
11 months ago

Lots of loose rocks halfway up the top. My wife was afraid and didn't proceed. Pretty cool on top, massive grassy plain with great views of the lake and surrounding area. Note to self, if it's windy in the campground it's really really windy on the top, you'll probably need a wind breaker.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fun trail with beautiful view. Bring water and sunscreen

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Fun little hike. We took our 6-10 year old kids. The loose rock was a little rough but a fun challenge. Views were amazing. Windy at the top.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great day hike with the kids, saw one baby rattler on the trail. Excellent views of Banks lake.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Hiked this yesterday. The flowers are beautiful and it was nice and warm! The beginning climb is the challenging part-after that, it levels off and is a nice overland stroll. Great views. I wore shorts and a tank top yesterday and wasn't cold but you may want long sleeves or a jacket. Sun was out for us and 60°. I used hiking boots but trail runners would've worked. No water on top. If you've unsure footing, poles are recommended for the initial screw slope. We saw small children climbing up the path with their parents.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Easy hike, but windy at the top. Even a bit chilly once late afternoon hit. I recommend bringing a sweatshirt or jacket. Keep a lookout for the Evil Cacti off trail as these things could really hurt you or a dog.

walking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

There was a trail around the rock and campground but it was sand and hard to walk uphill in for some. There was also a poorly marked trail going up the mountain which is definitely more difficult with loose rocks and lots of loose sand. I made it about 1/4 of the way up and turned back because it got dangerous quickly. I wouldn't make a special trip for the trail but it's got good views of the canyons and lakes around if you're in the area already

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pretty easy hike. Great view of the camp site. Would recommend.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Love it!

camping
Friday, June 26, 2015

Fun and challenging

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It was an easy and beautiful hike. There is a lot of fallen shingle on the trail but it's easy to walk over. We saw lots of kids and dogs. Recommend swimming in the lake post hike, so refreshing!

hiking
Thursday, August 23, 2012

The trail is on top of a butte. The beginning is steep and slippery because of shale rock on the trial. Once on top, it is easy with views of the river and surrounding countryside. Great for early hiking.

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