Teeley Creek Trail #251 to Bertha May Lake

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Teeley Creek Trail #251 to Bertha May Lake is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, 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.

Length1.9 miElevation gain587 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Getting There

Teeley Creek Trail is a short (approx. 1/2 mile) trail that goes pass Pothole Lake to Trail 250 (Osborne Trail).

Frome Ashford WA take NF 52 Past Big Creek Campground. Turn right on NF 84. Turn right on NF 8410, follow to TH on left.

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Alejandra Morin
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, easy and the lake was beautiful!

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Ashley Lopez
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WalkingGreat!

Breathtaking views! Not too difficult at all, we took our 3 month golden retriever and he made it.

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Samantha Sakowski
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Not too difficult and amazing views!

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Alex Brazil
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Hiking

beautiful views

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Rachel Heller
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Hiking

Very nice shorter hike. Nice water fall and beautiful lakes. We went on a rainy cloudy day so the views were covered with fog, but you could see the potential!

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DoctorofaCertainSize .
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HikingGreat!

This trail is great. Go past Bertha May and go the rest of the way to Granite Lake, it only adds another mile or so, and is so worth it. The lakes are gorgeous and so so clear, with rocky peaks rising beyond them. You get a couple good views of Ranier along the way as well. Awesome for dogs, too. Some steep places, would be hard if too muddy, but overall not bad and a decent cardio workout on the way up.

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Randy Sullivan
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HikingGreat!

Clean, well maintained, a couple steep parts.

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Klay Jones
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Great conditions. The road is fine for passenger cars if you're comfortable sneaking past a land slide sink hole and under half fallen trees. The pothole lake was mediocre and we didn't even stop but bertha may was gorgeous. The creek bed you cross to head to granite lake was a mud bog. Only saw 3 other groups on a Tuesday.

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Chris Vanek
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Mountain biking

apart of mtb look, nicd lakes not overly crowded option vs going to mount rainier if u have a late start

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Laura Richardson
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this trail was dope hiked 8/15/20. the road is not so bad at the moment a few potholes, sketchy broken trees lining the road, and part of the road is really narrow cause part of it got washed away so be safe, but atm almost any car can make it up here. anyways there is a good parking area and the trailhead is on the left side. you get a great view of my rainier right away. then you see pothole lake. then you hike and climb on elevation but nothing crazy. IMPORTANT TIP there is a part of the hike where you can either go straight and you hit a sandy area or you can make a very sharp left up a switchback, take the hard left to get to bertha may! the signs are unclear right there so be sure to pay attention. anyways once you get to bertha may omg its gorgeous and the water felt great. the water is beautiful and clean and peaceful. so many fishies you can see everywhere! the logs are fun to play on and jump off of. caught a couple fish too. would so recommend!

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james jordan
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HikingGreat!

Amazing views throughout the trail and the water was great!

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Brandi Howell
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personally would say this hike is easy. hiked it with my 3 kids and my husband who had back surgury in Feb and they all did it with no trouble. when the trail meets the other trail and you turn left to stay on the trail it starts getting steep but was not difficult. my kids caught a ton of little fish at Birtha May Lake. We continued to granite lake which is not much further not even 1/2 mile I would guess. this lake is fun to swim in. the lakes are pretty for the review that said the road was rough has obviously not seen a bad road. there is maybe 4 spots you need to go a little more slow.

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Beth Kellan
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HikingGreat!

Awesome! My 8 year old really liked it. We made it to the second lake, Bertha May, and had a refreshing swim. The logs are like a natural diving board! Our 6 year old did well on the trip too!! Great spot to picnic near the shoreline and a wonderfully shaded trail. Last .25 mile to Bertha May is pretty steep, but well worth it. Lake is super deep and super clear.

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James Soldner
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This hike is awesome! The road to get to the hike does have a few obstacles, but it really isn't all that bad. Just don't drive like a maniac and you'll be fine. The third lake was awesome and clear. I even took a little swim despite the water being a little brisk. The trail does have a couple sections that are relatively steep, but the hike is short, so it isn't too terrible. There's shade throughout, a few pretty awesome views of Mt. Rainier, and serene lakes! I was the only person out at the third lake on a Tuesday afternoon, and it was super relaxing. PSA though, where I set up on the edge of the third lake must have been near a hornet's nest of some sort because I started to get swarmed after awhile. Other than that, this hike is awesome!

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Kyle Litzenberger
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Hiking

Amazing two lakes.i strongly suggest the short hike up to the second lake. Both have Blue water— great for swimming but it’s a little cold. The lady complaining about the road is being ridiculous, it’s really not that bad. Highly recommend this hike.

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Semyon Kholyusev
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Great for dogs Beautiful scenery

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Elizabeth Cooke
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Overall this was a good trail. Not too hard and great for walking your dogs. However be careful because the bridge on the trail is broken. Also, make sure you drive a car that has good tires and can handle the terrain when you are driving to the location. Right when you get off the highway you have to drive for about 20 mins and the roads are TERRIBLE. TONS of potholes and branches/broken trees on the road leading to the parking lot. We literally had to drive into some potholes and ditches because they were unavoidable. Our car got some damage but we made it out. In my opinion, the hike was good but not worth driving through potholes for 20 mins and I probably wouldn’t go again.

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John Noland
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Hiking

You definitely get a lot of treats out of this 2 mile hike - a shaded trail on a hot, walking through a waterfall, and 2 lakes. Keep going for an extra 1/2 mile and you’ll be rewarded with a third lake that is perfect for a swim.

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Jillian Coday
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Hiked 7/5 - Great short trail. One section has the creek going over it, but nothing major. Easy to cross without getting wet feet. Lakes were beautiful and lots of wild flowers! Easy hike, trail is well established. Trailhead was easy to get to, just follow the gps.

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Sergei Kutrovski
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HikingMuddy

Wonderful trail! Two lakes in the middle of dense forest. Gorgeous and serene. The trail was tight at times, and a bit muddy, but manageable. A few nice cutbacks with inclines. Part of the trail crosses a creek. Hiked the trail an hour before sunset and didn’t consider hiking back in the dark. Even though I wasn’t prepared, and with out a light, an iPhone flashlight was enough and the return trip took about 30 min.

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Priscilla Azevedo
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Hiking

Perfect day. Views of rainier and the lakes are beautiful. We took our 8 and 11 yr olds. Easy hike, recommend hiking boots.

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Brandon T
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6/17/20 awesome hike, trail was a little muddy but next to no people. The road is open, just mud and dodging downed trees. Beautiful lake reflections of forest and mts.

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Lauren Kregel
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HikingMuddySnowWashed out

Hiked on 6/2/20 the road to get to the hike is pretty washed out and a lot of fallen trees. If you’re vehicle is taller than a standard car you won’t be able to go under the trees on the road. They really need to send people up there to properly maintain that road. The trail head there’s a couple of snowy spots but it’s pretty packed down so easy to cross. Quite a few muddy spots and the little creek is raging right now so you have to cross a 20ft path that’s now underwater. Other than those things this hike was very nice. The first lake which i believe is pothole lake was only like .3 miles in, and that hike was extremely easy. After that to get to the second lake it’s all switch backs and a bit of elevation. I would say that was quite moderate. Oh yeah and the one bridge has collapsed, but you can still step on it and cross

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Eric Poulin
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Hiked on 5/12/20. Road is snowed out about 1.5 miles before trailhead. The forest road prior is washed out in some areas. Driving precaution is needed and higher clearance than a typical car is needed. The hike up the forest road to trail head is covered in 24”-30” inches of snow. Gaiters are recommended. We had mountaineering boots and didn’t use micro spikes, but micro spikes may have made it easier in certain sections. Once on the trail, 90% is snow covered. Portions of the trail are difficult to navigate when when ascending high grades due to snow cover. All bridges are washed out, but capable of crossing with precaution. The reward of Bertha May Lake is worth the difficult mixed snow approach. Continuing on to Granite Lake was difficult because of the first bridge wash out. And increased snow. We decided to turn back 1/4 mile past Bertha May Lake. I will definitely return with more gear or wait until snow melts more. No one was out there today, we had the trail to ourselves.

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Mary Dagan
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The road leading up to the trail is still a bit snowy. But the issue is the trees that are blocking the road that were blown over now. I do not advise anyone attempting this trail until rangers are able to get out there and clear the road

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