Explore the most popular walking trails near Buckley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!! There is a 5 mile rocky road with pot holes just be ware of that. If you take a car it will take you much longer to get to. It took us about 35 minutes in a truck.

The hike itself is not too hard at all. Yes incline but it's fairly quick to the lake. Also millions of Glacier Lilly's to see. We packed in on Sunday which was perfect because others who packed in that weekend were on their way out. We found the best spot thats on a ridge to the right of the lake with a perfect view of the mountain and lake down bellow. The lake is cold and refreshing. Lots of day hikers enjoying the lake too. We convinced a couple that has never been up there to go to the look out at the top, as they were just going to head home after the lake. It may look steep from the lake but it's not super hard and only about 15 minutes to the top at the most. Little snow ridge that is passable up top and the view is incredible!! You won't regret going all the way up!

Bugs. Horse flies at the lake. I had skin so soft that helped keep them at bay but still got bit. Also if you're staying I recommend going to the top to watch the sunset/sunrise but the mosquitoes come out in full force. At least at our camp site we had repellent that had a 15 ft. Radius witch worked well. We had just picked it up from Cabellas.

We did hear some music base while at the lake for about 10 minutes sounded like it was coming from behind the lake. EDM or something like that idk. I love music (at a bar, club or while w/o) but please be mindful that most of us go up there to enjoy the peace and quiet. Use your headphones or at least turn off the base on your player because sound travels easily up there. We also packed out some trash that we saw including a pair of fairly used woman's sandals. Please pack out everything you bring including food scraps. There was a full water bottle in the lake and banana peels, pistachios. Understandably things get over looked or fall out of bags. Do your best and if you can pick stuff up when you see it to help preserve these beautiful places and give the next visitors their best experience!

We will definitely go back. Maybe next time we plan on hiking up bear-mountain trail before heading to the lake. Enjoy!!

Amazing hike! Beautiful views of Rainier on a clear day. Plenty of spots to camp along the way up and at the top. The bumpy road to the trailhead is definitely worth it.

Had a great time! Didn't know there were so many things to do... will be heading back!

hiking
11 days ago

Don't believe the reviews, the short forest service road to the trailhead isn't THAT bad. I wouldn't do it in a civic, but if you drive an appropriate vehicle it's definitely not an hour drive. Side note - if you do decide to take it slow, be polite and let other vehicles pass when it's safe to do so

All that being said, what an amazing hike. The snow is just now melting off the Meadows, so in a week or two the wildflowers should be in full bloom.

It was a little busy but not so bad that you didn't get the views to yourself

Some people are hiking with dogs off leash, and while I didn't have a bad experience, it was clear how it could happen. My dogs were on leash and very well behaved, and I'm of the opinion that if your dog isn't, it shouldn't be on the trail. Fortunately all the off leash dogs were well behaved as well. There are two very good reasons to leash your dogs while on the trail 1) you can never trust other people's dogs 2) off leash dogs create unplanned moments in the wilderness that you can't always control. Do yourself and everyone a favor, and unless you're a professional handler, Keep them on leash until you get to the lake and take a break

hiking
12 days ago

I haven’t been here in 30 years and it still amazes me. I took my son and my grandson to share this beautiful place. Be prepared for one of the crappyest roads to get to the trailhead. Ruts, potholes and rude drivers OH MY!! But the trail is clean and the lake is spectacular.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike, beginning of trail is very rocky and a couple of large trees have fallen across trail. Once you cross the first creek bridge it’s an easy hike.

hiking
14 days ago

This was an amazing hike! Went on July 4, 2018. Not a lot of people so parking along the road was easy. You start off following a paved then gravel flat road for about 3.5 miles. The scenery is beautiful and the trees that have uprooted are enormous. You finally get to the sign for Chenuis Falls and it takes you to a kinda scary log bridge going over a pretty fast river. Then follow the rock formations and other log bridges that take you to a forest area. The trail takes you to Chenuis Falls. The pool below is clear and blue. We then followed the trail back and to the trailhead for Ranger Falls and Green Lake. This is where the hike gets harder with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain but it’s worth it because about a mile up you run into two different viewing points of upper and lower Ranger Falls. Then we kept following the trail another .8 miles to Green lake which was far from disappointing. Our whole route was 13.7 miles with 1,778 elevation gain but it was well worth it. Definitely recommend

Beautiful hike we did Friday. Once you get to the trail's beginning (3 miles down the now closed-to-vehicles Carbon River Road), it is 1.8 miles with a significant elevation gain to Green Lake. Nicely maintained trail through the woods. You pass Ranger Falls about half-way, and cross over a log bridge (not as scary as it might sound) before getting to the lake. Others had brought their hammocks and hung out there for a while.

hiking
19 days ago

Always one of my favorite hikes. Today we took the split to Bearhead Trail. Just as nice of hike, but missing the lake.

Light snow patches and heavy sprinkle.

Hiked 6/25. As noted previously the road is in terrible condition, many many potholes and very bumpy required us to drive very slowly; expect that once the road turns to gravel it will take you about an hour to the trailhead. Drove the road in a Subaru crosstrek. Trail itself was in good shape and only reached snow right around the lake. It was raining so we were unable to get very good views but the lake itself is very nice. Overall only think this hike would be worth it on a clear day so the views could balance out the awful drive

The first 3 miles were walking on a gravel road which was nice and beautiful but was a little boring. Once we reached the trailhead it was like stepping into another world! Loved the 1.8 mile trail to the lake. Would definitely recommend because of that part.

hiking
25 days ago

I was not to impressed with the first three miles of fire roads, it was a beautiful walk and pretty easy. Once on the green lake trail I was pretty happy! It was a beautiful hike! The lake was absolutely breathtaking ❤️

hiking
28 days ago

Gorgeous solo trip and first up of the day.... Love the falls too!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike. The only downside was the road to the hike. It was really rocky and if we didn't have a SUV we probably would have scratched the underside. The lake is still frozen with slushy snow that last little bit. My 6 y.o. daughter had a lot of fun but was tired. We would definitely do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice little side hike.

Nice hike for early season conditioning. Ranger Falls is a great stop on the way to the lake.

on Suntop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Long hike and a great workout. However you don’t really see much as you are hiking through the woods the whole time. Next time I would just drive up for the view and do a different hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the Summit Lake trail today: 5/13. I was the only one on the trail. Below Summit Lake, there is still some snow covering the trail but it is easy to follow the trail up to the lake. Hiking boots are sufficient. Summit Lake is iced over and the last 0.5 mike of the trail is completely covered in snow. After post-holing about a dozen times, I turned back about 800 yards from the top. If you are going beyond the Southeast side of Summit Lake, I recommend taking snow shoes. It was also snowing/sleeting pretty heavy above Summit Lake which didn’t help with following the trail. As for the road, it does suck but the first 100 yards is the worst by far. A stock Grand Cherokee had no problem at all with clearance. If you don’t bottom out right after the bridge; you’ll be fine. The road actually improves as you ascending.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty flat trail for the most part. Trail features 2 waterfalls which is nice, walk along some rushing water during some of the hike. Wish you could get closer to the falls, we tried but could only see from a little bit of a distance. Would do this hike again.

1 month ago

You can drive up towards the peak and have a shorter hike or start at the bottom. The trailhead from the bottom is near some camp sights across from the air strip, off the gravel road.

Its marked 8.3 miles at the trailhead to the top, so around 16.5 total. Lots of elevation gain on a very well kept trail. Only saw a couple of mountain bikers on the way down. Partly cloudy day but good visibility at the top. Will do again someday.

hiking
1 month ago

Once you got to the end of the road, the hike was great. Crossing the (safe) logs and rocks to get to the falls was very fun, but the long service road you take, although beautiful, was not very pleasing the second time around. The falls were amazing to see, and worth the trip.

hiking
1 month ago

We just moved to Washington, and our home goods are still being shipped here so we chose an easier trail that didn’t require much beyond our tennis shoes and workout clothes. We got there at around 9:30, and it was very quiet.
There was an increase in hikers when we were almost back to the parking lot, and there was very little parking there at about 11:30.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to get out and do a hike that won’t take up your whole day.
The falls were gorgeous, but I wouldn’t recommend the last scramble to families with little ones or anyone who can’t do a steep climb on rocks.
However, the whole trail until then was so beautiful and I loved the river views and clear forest streams.
Don’t let rain or an early rise stop you from getting out!

hiking
1 month ago

The road is snow free to the parking lot. The trail is partially snow covered starting at the first lake, but is passible using just hiking boots. Summit lake is still frozen. The road is rough as many have described, recommend a high clearance vehicle.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail for trail running. Would recommend checking out the trail to Chenuis falls while in the area. There is a Ranger Station right before the trail head. They have maps and are very helpful.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. First 3 miles are not exactly fun (basically you’ll follow some old fire road next to the river) but after that trail turns into an amazing forest hike with a decent elevation, awesome fall in the middle and beautiful, secluded lake at the very end. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

This was truly a blast. I went out with my husband and best mates yesterday for a birthday hike. I see a lot of people complaining about the service road, but you can bring bicycles if you like. Everything is very well maintained. There are also little side trails including one that leads up to an abandoned mine shaft. I thought it was creepy, but the surrounding were gorgeous. Everything is well marked. Ranger Falls is majestic. Green Lake brings a sense of serenity. I took my Nikon and can't wait to start editing the pictures. This won't be a trip any of us soon forget nor will it be the last time we adventure to it.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall, it's a great hike. I've done it numerous times as a first backpacking lake to get the year started off right. Unfortunately, I misjudged the weather and couldn't make it to the lake via the regular trail simply because I couldn't find it through all the snow about a .5 mile from the lake. The road getting here was horrible (as usual) so just take your time. Huge potholes and ruts nearly the entire way to the 'T' for Coplay and Summit Lake so vehicles with higher clearance only. I'll try this again at the end of June to see if the snow has melted out.

off road driving
1 month ago

Outstanding views.. fun easy off roading.. had a great time

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a hidden gem! This is a beautiful hike. Ranger Falls was poppin’ too. Only thing we weren’t crazy about was the 3 mile hike on the service road. We didn’t have bikes to use but definitely wished we had them to cut down on the time it took to get to the trailhead (and back to the parking lot). Got there at 930 am and made it to the trailhead at 1030, then got up to the lake around 1145ish. We didn’t run into anyone on the way up although there were a couple people up there already. Mostly ran into people on the way down. Definitely recommend this beautiful trail!

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it. Worth the effort to climb the rock scramble to see the waterfall.

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