Walt Bailey Trail

HARD 9 reviews

Walt Bailey Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,427 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

backpacking
30 days ago

Made it all the way up to Bald Mountain amazing view of spada lake. still quite a bit of snow in places and and saw several fresh "Cougar" tracks noticed on the way back down

1 month ago

Checked out the trail on 6/16 to see how far I could get. The first mile in was completely snow free but then suddenly you hit deep snow at the first meadow. After crossing a little stream, it was actually pretty easy snow travel with just grippy trail runners so I made it another mile in no problem. I decided to turn around at 2.3 miles more due to a time issue than anything else. People are clearly going further in as there were a good amount of tracks. It is really beautiful up there and so peaceful. I ran into only two people on a Saturday afternoon. Just be prepared for snow and to navigate with a map/GPS.

hiking
10 months ago

Okay, so I am a little liberal with my five star hikes but I try to avoid baything but a great day. There are reasons for five stars and this one is for a bucnh of reasons combined. No trail pass needed, easy access, low volume of hikers, variety of scenery as well as the perfect length and workout for almost any group or family. The continuation to Bald Mtn provides that extra mile for someone who wants to be challenged.

This hike has woods, meadows, water crossings, rocks and lakes as well as camping. New to this hike in the last two weeks is a honey bucket at the lakes. Please think before using this as it will need to be airlifted out to replace or emtpy.

The berries were out in full as well. We made the summit in about 2 hour and 30 minutes from the TH. Spada below was peekin out from the clouds to show its incredible color, much like that of Blanca Lake. This hike a hidden treasure and where as one need will never be met with this hike checks off almost the whole list. I think the only thing its missing is a waterfall.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 29 to the summit. The trailhead is 7 miles from the highway and not as manicured as other trails in the area. Not as crowded either. I left the trailhead at 4pm but that put me back pretty late. But everything was beautiful! Particularly the views of the the surrounding mountains and Mt. Rainier. Highly recommended.

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Everything was so green and mossy. Nice mixture of grassy meadows, mushrooms, waterfalls, big trees, and small lakes.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
10 months ago

recorded Sandals vs. Snow

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, July 15, 2015