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

hiking
1 day ago

Went yesterday for the first time and it was a really cool hike! Went in the water for a little bit, couple neat spots for that. Falls are awesome. Not too long of a hike or difficult

Worth the effort for the stunning lake! Wonderful for water dogs, many places for them to cool off along the trail. Trail is dry and snow free now, wildflowers our but not too numerous. Steep and rocky the last 1/3 or so. Camp a night at the lake if you can. MOSQUITOS bring spray and stay in the breeze at the lake

hiking
4 days ago

Excellent hike! Beautiful shaded and lots of variety.

backpacking
5 days ago

Great little backpacking trip. The route is varied and fun. The first half of the hike is pretty standard uphill slog, broken up by some very neat views, including a long wooden bridge and multiple water falls. There are some technical elements to the 2nd half of the hike, as you descend into the basin, which makes it more fun and challenging. Overall the hike was pretty easy when broken up into a 2 day backpacking trip.

There's no evidence of snow anywhere on the trail and it is nice and warm as of this writing. Take a swim in the lake, it is well worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

Fantastic hike! The views from the top are stunning and the mailbox truly is iconic. We went up and back on the new trail and my watch clocked it at a bit over 11 miles. This seems to be a trend for this hike, but I'm not sure. Would still highly recommend, just know what you're getting yourself into. That being said, the trail is incredibly well maintained, making it easy to hike--especially towards the top/steepest part.

hiking
6 days ago

Been here once, it was my first time hiking, have lived it since. Cant wait to go back.

Such a beautiful hike. I thought the waterfall was called Snowshoe Falls? The wildflowers will be in full bloom by 7/20. But there are other trials with much more wildflowers than this trial. Snowshoe Falls is great. Both Upper Melakwa and Melakwa Lake are picture perfect alpine lakes. The bugs just came out this week . . soooo it’s time to start bringing the bug spray. There is snow past Upper Melakwa to the pass.

beautiful lake! i even jumped in. I'd say its more like 9 miles. it took us 5 hours to hike there and back, not including the break at the lake. pretty gradual and lots of sun so wear sunscreen!

Wonderful view today. Perfect conditions! If you have not done this one yet, put this one on your to-do list!

Awesome hike!! Sarts off moderate and increases in steepness throughout the hike towards Melakwa lake. I managed with regular running sneakers but it would have been more comfortable during the rocky portions with hiking shoes. Made it up to the lake in 3 hours with a lot of rest stops and took 2.5 hours to get back down. BRING A SWIMSUIT AND A TOWEL so you can take a quick dip!! We went into the water for literally 10 seconds because it was so cold but it was an amazing experience. We were lucky and didn't experience any mosquitos at the lake.

Great hike. Hard at the end but totally word it. Breathtaking views.

Trail was well maintained and much less traveled than the other nearby hikes. The views of North Bend, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier at the top were well worth the 3200' elevation gain.

Great hike, the lake is beautiful and worth it. The hike from the Granite Mountain trailhead to the lake is about 7 miles one way, so about 14 miles round trip

hiking
13 days ago

Trail is not super well marked. We ended up out of the park without even realizing it. Encountered at least 5 other groups of people who didn't turn around at the falls bridge and had no clue where they were going. There are no trail markings indicating that you are leaving Twin Falls trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Decent! Trail goes from wide and maintained to pretty thick and stuffy as you get closer to the lakes. Depending on when you go it might be a little busy.

Great hike. Starts off moderate, crosses the creek which gets crowded, nice waterfall on the way, then up the switchbacks which are pretty tiring, to the lakes. Almost completely snow free now. Bugs were awful by the lakes, even with spray. Get there early to avoid crowds.

Beautiful trail. It is a good trail through rich green shades.

hiking
14 days ago

Very disappointed, only one single point close to the lake for camping, the only reason I give 3 starts is because it has nice mini waterfalls during the trail and good views to the lake, but once you get to it there is not much to do, not spaces to sit, or admire the lake. Not much to do there, the kind of hike you only do once

hiking
16 days ago

Went Tuesday, great trail, took the new trail up and back. Had 3L camelback full and used all of it. Bring a lightweight jacket and bug spray for the summit.

hiking
16 days ago

Alright so to caveat off another review here, this trail is definitely not 9 miles. The loop is 9 miles, which is goin up the new and down old trail or vice versa. If you take the new trail up its 6.58 miles ONE WAY! We used a short section of the old trail cut it down to 4.87 on the decent. I suggest updating the trail length. Definitely a tough trail but it was fine. Gorgeous views.

hiking
17 days ago

Although labeled "EASY", be prepared for the steady incline with plenty of switch backs. It's a great hike for all ages, with clearings for pics, and the ever so rewarding waterfalls

Hike #2✓

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Moderate trail full of beauty runs by the river with a few spots you can see the falls from. Hidden pools along the trail. It can be a little slick near the end.

Got there at 8am this morning and had the whole trail and lake to myself. Did see a couple people on the way down, but not many. Trail starts out a little steep, but it mellows out. A few creek crossings with the last two being more difficult to cross. Almost turned around at the last one, but could tell the lake was just on the other side. Was able to make it across without getting wet and boy was it worth it. Gorgeous lake view and my pup loved cooling off in the water. Would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
20 days ago

Great tough hike.

Holy crap the last half mile or so is a beast, Apple watch clocked me at 11.5 miles.

I’m seriously out of shape and my stubbornness made me summit.

20 days ago

We never could locate the trail past the last bridge down to the sitting area by the upper falls. Later this summer, maybe 3rd time around we will find it. Do wish the trail had some markers. We ended up going nearly to upper parking lot and only cell GPS was gauge we'd gone was past upper falls viewing area we were told to look for.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail very pretty!

21 days ago

Beautiful... Family friendly hike ...

Good hike overall, last half mile or so was pretty challenging. Views from the top were amazing on a cloudless day. Definitely a fun trail, would do again.

hiking
23 days ago

Lots of switch backs. Went in October and the trail had all the weather patterns, fall colours to rain, sleet and snow at the top. Shame there was a foggy view at the top, couldn’t see a whole lot, but will definitely do it again!!

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