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Surprise Creek Trail to Surprise and Glacier Lakes

HARD 113 reviews

Surprise Creek Trail to Surprise and Glacier Lakes is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,736 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

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forest

lake

views

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bugs

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From Everett, E on US 2 to mile marker 58. Right on FSR 840, bear left on FSR 840, cross Tye River, cross railroad tracks, bear Right to stay on FSR 840. Trailhead is in 0.4 miles

muddy
snow
1 month ago

Very beautiful hike with views of the creek much of the way, and hardly ever being out of hearing distance from it. The hike starts out slow in elevation and picks up a bit as you go, but never feels like a truly "hard" hike, which is the only reason I give it 4/5 stars. Snow at the top of the ridge, basically when you get to the lake. Expect to get snow in your shoes if you don't have gators on.

A bit buggy and a little overgrown for a bit in the first half, but overall beautiful lakes. Some people were camping at Glacier lake and that looked pretty cool.

7.31.19 Beautiful lakes. WTA crew has done amazing work along the way. Over a month ago trail was really over grown in several parts. Now there is little vegetation left on small sections of the trail, But way nicer than a month ago. Trails is pretty moderate for the first 3 miles. Then once you get to the switchbacks it gets hard. Don’t stop at sunrise. Go all the way to glacier if you can. There is several campsites on both lakes. Watch out for chipmunks and gray jays when you having you lunch/snack, those guys have no shame and will try to get a bite.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

We backpacked this trail without realizing the difficulty, the way in is strictly up hill, while coming back is only downhill. Lots of stairs too!! However, the hike was absolutely beautiful!

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail condition. The large growth trees at the beginning were great, then it ascended steeply into a more alpine environment. The trail is all up for 4 miles. The trail was steepest about 1/3 mile from the lake, and very rocky. I am an experienced hiker and had no issues on the trail. The lakes were great and the exploration that area offers is fantastic.

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

A mix of everything one of the best ones I've done so far

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of bugs at the lakes. Nothing technical, but long. The lake along the water at Surprise goes pretty far, but does not meet up with the trail to Glacier. 2-3 campsites on the trail, 3-4 at Surprise, and didn’t count at Glacier.

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

There's a couple places where you're pushing through brush, but it's a mostly well-maintained trail. There are rockier trails for sure, but has quite a few trip-roots on the climb. The overgrown areas have some hidden rocks and boulders you need to be wary of. Lake Surprise is crystal clear and plenty of places for a quiet lunch on the shore.

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Very well maintained trail. Lots of rocks, not easy but the prize is the lake! Took us three hours to get to Surprise Lake and another half hour to get to Glacier. Near the end of the trail before Surprise Lake there are 16 switchbacks and the whole trail is a gradual incline but those switchbacks are a climb! So much to see at the lake and great places to rest. Some bugs at the lakes but no bites. Nice nature toilets at trailhead and lake. Saw some people but not a whole lot. Highly recommend!

backpacking
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail, well maintained, a few confusing places, especially right before the assent into Surprise Lake at the very end. There is a very obvious, yet hidden log bridge to the right with a clear marked trail to the left. Go to the right for the lake, and to the left for an incredibly cool granite marsh. Explore a little bit without disturbing vegetation, well worth the side excursion. My pack weighed 52 pounds which made this trail a little difficult. I would not recommend this trail for someone new, wanting to camp overnight with anything more than 25 pounds max.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

The hike was great no snow. One spot I got off trail but re traced my steps and realized there was sticks making a this isn’t the right trail so I added more stick to make it more obvious for first timers like me, it was rainy so my complaint was the overgrown meadows were getting my legs soaked cuz when they get wet more droopy and wish they were trimmed back a tad more , not really a complaint just greedy about how nice the trail could possibly be, after the interception of surprise lake and PCT it’s kinda bush wacky trail but works the lake is beautiful and looked like the fish were really jumping highly active saw a few big daddy’s in the center of the lake jump up and make huge circle ripples good times

hiking
5 months ago

Very pretty but tough trail. The signs at the bottom say "more difficult", AllTrails says Moderate. I would say it was somewhere between moderate and difficult. The up is nonstop!

This is the 2nd time I have been to Surprise. The first time was in the summer. I came down from trap pass. I highly recommend it. It’s long to do in a day. Going up Surprise creek trail is nice but a little challenging when you get to the scramble physically. Great winter hike.

hiking
Sat Aug 18 2018

Lakes are beautiful. It’s about 15 minutes south of surprise lake till you reach glacier. There are a ton of bugs at the lake but they don’t bite

Sun Jun 24 2018

Great hike. Lots of snow still at the top. Well worth the hike up.

Mon Feb 12 2018

DO NOT TRY THIS HIKE IF YOUR NOT PREPARED , it's easy to loose track and it is a hard hike , got lost twice and turned back half way . there are no humans along the way and it's pure forest packed with a lot and a lot of snow . I will give it another try during summer time when there is more day light .

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