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

amazingly beautiful hike with lots to stop and take in. took our 3.5 year old and he did great. lots of steep edges to be aware of.

hiking
4 days ago

Lost Lake via Greenwater lakes
Trip Times: 9:40a-2:20p
Distance: 12.2 mi

Road to TrailHead: FR70 off of 410 is fully and nicely paved 2 lanes. Yes to the trailhead parking lot. Lots of campers on the road up..and a target shooting range too. The TH has two vault toilets..decently clean. The TH can accommodate about 20-25 cars easily in marked stalls. Really.

As you begin the hike. The trail to the greenwater lakes (~2 mi) has minimal overall elevation gain and the trails are good and wide. There are some short upward stints, but come back down. Overall, anyone can do it easy. You'll also get to cross numerous wood bridges (one notably is tilted, and one further down is a skimpy makeshift log bride). Both funny to look at, but fully functional nonetheless. You'll see a lot of camps and tents along the trail. As you pass the Greenwater lakes (2), you'll soon enter the Norse Peak wilderness boundary (signage)...and yes the elevation gains start to appear more often. About 3/4 mi further, you get to a clearly marked junction for Echo Lake and Lost Lake.

As I choose the Lost Lake journey, the elevation gains start right off (see pic)...up and up. Not crazy incline (maybe 400-600 ft/mi rate). The trail is rooty and rocky at times. And as you get futher along the vegetation does cover the trail slightly (indicating it is not highly trafficed). All in all, its easy to follow (be careful of ticks - wear Deet and Premethrin). You'll pass a couple a small streams and you can hear the Lost Creek runoff making music as it cascades down the mountain. Eventually you hike past Quinn lake (small hidden behind trees - but you can walk your way down to it). A bit further and nearing Lost Lake, you'll walk through an eerie place...boulders, burnt tree field. So sad to see. After treking through that, you've arrived at Lost Lake.

You can clearly see a trail around the lake. I tried to walk it, but near the lake ingress (south side), the ground is ver saturated and grassy with lots of fresh (literally) cougar and bear paw prints leading to the water from the surrounding woods. Felt a bit uneasy. So just turned back and headed back...after talking lots of pics.

Overall a very good hike.

Trail was beautiful today. I highly recommend this trail. Easy hike and the wildflowers were everywhere. Make sure to hike to crystal lakes after going through sourdough gap

one of the most beautiful trails when wildflowers are at their peak. downside...mosquitoes. Even with Deet, the bite through cloths

Did this today for the second time in a month, took a friend today. Wildflowers were plentiful both times. Saw a hummingbird! Moderately busy, people swimming in Sheep lake and camping. No mosquitoes! A few flies is all. Parts are very hot now. Not rated a 5 due to the long slog that follows the road, albeit well above, at the beginning and thus the end. Get there early in the day for parking and fewer people.

I loved this hike! So many bridges. We did this hike in one day but there are several good camping spots available at the lake. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

hiking
8 days ago

It poured rain, thundered while lightning streaked across the sky but we made it all the way down to Dewey Lake and back up. Bugs are definitely bad on this hike but we were fortunate that the weather kept them off us. Bring bug spray.

We parked at the bridge crossing above Tipsoo. The trail was well kept and only a few rock beds were laid into the trail for water runoff. Tons of wildflowers laced between lush grass on both sides made it quite peaceful. I was very surprised that with the storm rolling in that there were so many overnight campers.

The trail can get crowded and we chose to start in the afternoon to avoid it and it worked well. Overall, I would definitely do this again and would highly recommend this hike for families that enjoy getting out.

on Dewey Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Fun little hike with the kids ages 8 and 4. We were a bit slower moving than some people so we probably took longer to do this. Nice tarn to go relax at and Dewey Lake itself has many great camping and beach spots. Trail was busy until we cut off for Dewey Lake. We only saw 2 groups on our way back up. Flowers are out and amazing. One thing to not forget is bug spray! They are bad and we even got some bites even though we had it on.

Beautiful wildflowers! Reasonably even and not-too-steep trail. The bugs bit us up pretty badly, even with bug spray, so I recommend long sleeves. Quite busy parking lot (probably 8-10 people waiting in the bathroom line at any time), and lots of people and dogs on the trail.

well maintained, easy walk. bugs are bad in the evening.

Gorgeous views!! Lots of mosquitos bring bug spray. Otherwise, perfect family hike :)

hiking
11 days ago

Great pretty hard trail, cool lake.

hiking
11 days ago

Completed this from the top down with our two Danes. A little narrow in places for two way traffic but overall a great trail. Not a huge amount of traffic for a late summer Saturday. Got about half way down before a thunderstorm rolled in and started dumping on us. Lightning, thunder, hail, and rain made this “fun” with the dogs. Will be back to do this bottom to top and allow some time to enjoy the lakes on the trail.

Wild flowers were everywhere around Naches Peak and resting at the lake could be a full afternoon.

Beautiful hike, especially if you go when the wildflowers are at their peak. Good for any level hiker and has beautiful views of Mt Rainer...when it’s not cloudy.

very crowded but I expected that on a summer weekend... very beautiful views!

hiking
13 days ago

We had a wonderful day on the trail. 4.5 hours to do the full loop with 4 little kids with us ages 2,4,6 & 8. The youngest was carried in an ergo some of the way but walked most of it. We ended up going counter clockwise so the hard elevation was first. This is definitely the more challenging way to go. Stopped for an hour break for lunch at the top. Beautiful views.

We hit the Naches Peak Loop trail today, it was beautiful, weather was perfect a slight breeze. traffic on the trail was pretty heavy for a Wednesday but not a problem. there are several small lakes on this trail that add to the beauty. I recommend, like others do, to hike the trail counterclockwise. after approx. 2 miles you will have incredible views of Rainier in front of you! Found some ripe blueberries just past the outlook over Dewey lake. Also saw a Fisher near lake Tipsoo! What a great Hike, God's creation is majestic!

on Sheep Lake Trail

16 days ago

Beautiful trail, we went last week. Lots of wild flowers and peaceful lake setting.

Decent views, but the bugs were horrible. Definitely recommend bug spray!

hiking
17 days ago

Went on a very hot Sunday, mid-morning. Met a few hikers on their way down and a few groups at the lake. Took our teenage kids and dog and we all enjoyed it, especially a little wade in the cold lake. Bring sunscreen - a large portion of the train
Is in the sun. There were A LOT of bugs! Unfortunately bugs love me and I ended up with bites everywhere. Seems like I faired the worst of my family though.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked on Sunday, July 29th. There are a few places to park to begin this trail, but we chose to park at the Tipsoo Lake parking lot. We arrived at 9:20AM and the parking lot was about 2/3rds full.

Trail is in good condition, with the only obstacle really being one downed tree near the start of the trail (if going clockwise). For concern of any hikers with unsteady footing, there are some limited sections where the trail is narrow with some drop-offs, but otherwise, quite safe and steady.

We hiked going counter-clockwise - if you choose to go this direction, you'll reach the peak early (about 1/3rd of the way) but that also means the elevation gain comes immediately.

You will encounter a lot of bugs throughout the entirety of the hike. That coupled with the hot weather in the sun, would recommend completely covering yourself (sleeves, long pants), wearing a hat. Do not forget your bug spray at home.

Hike is easy with Amazing views..
lots of mosquito so use bug spray a lot!

We took the Gondola up to the summit. Once you are at the top, the view of Mt. Rainier is absolutely breathtaking. We hiked down the Crystal Mountain trail. Stunning views all the way down. We turned onto the Silver Creek trail and continued down to the base. It was exhausting to us novices, but worth it.
Tips: Bring bug spray!!!!
Wear good hiking boots (lots of loose rocks)

Bring bug spray! Mosquitoes are relentless!

did this hike today. Not a ton of people once we went down to Dewey Lake. very beautiful and worth it. tons of bugs though. Make sure to bring bug spray

Great easy hike that I like to do every year. I highly recommend it for families. The views are amazing. Lots of mosquitos but that is just a part of hiking.

Trail is a nice loop, walked it with my dog. All dogs I came across were on leash. Park and restrooms are clean. Nice playground. Lake is good for fishing, paddle boarding and floating but too gross for swimming or wading.

hiking
23 days ago

This was a fun family hike with the kids 8 & 10. We made it to the lake in about 1:20 with a few stops on the way. This is a very flat hike with just a couple short climbs. The lake had lots of small fish jumping but they weren’t biting our bait. Flies would probably do well. About half the hike was in direct sunshine so be sure to bring sunblock. Bug spray too for around the lake.

ABSOLUTELY NEED BUGSPRAY. Honestly the buggiest trail I have hiked yet this year. Like others have said, make sure you take the trail clockwise. Best hikes in morning or early afternoon. In the evening the sun sets right behind the mountain and gives poor visibility for photos:viewing with the glimmer of the ice off of Rainier’s peak.

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