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

6 days ago

This trail is definitely uphill both ways. We went Saturday and camped for the night. Even though this is a short hike I’d say it was difficult especially carrying 30 to 40 pound backpacks. The lake is beautiful and the water was very clear. We were disappointed that you really can’t hike around the lake and there really only seemed to be one spot you can camp which was right on the trail. I’d say this hike is best for in and out hiking and not camping.

28 days ago

A fun hike for families with older children/teenagers. A narrow, ever-changing trail through varied scenery. The trail seems to be constantly climbing or descending and by the end, you will feel like you went a lot longer than 4.4 miles. Glacier Lake is a gem! We went on a Friday afternoon and only ran into one other group of hikers. Beware, the last portion of the forest service road (2110) is closed due to a major wash-out - be ready to hike a little over half a mile from FD 21 to the trail head (mostly uphill, look for a small pink flag marking the turn-off to the right).

1 month ago

A little early...hit 6’ of snow about 2 miles in but otherwise a beautiful trail.

Not a hike for beginners, but a good workout for us 50 something’s in good condition. The trail is mostly well maintained, and easily discernible, but there are some trees blocking the path. No horses could make it very far, and I would not recommend this for young children. It was a great day hike for us, the old growth forest is beautiful, the river about a third of the way in was fascinating, and Glacier Lake is clear, cold, and remote. All in all, it was a great hike.

We really enjoyed this hike. See my recording for more details.

11 months ago

Glacier lake hike was a tough hike for me. The trail is narrow and drops off in 2 or 3 spots, and the trail is either straight up or straight down for almost the entire hike. I think this trail is a one and done for me. I would not recommend it for little kids or horses.

11 months ago

Getting There: The signs along FR21 aren't all there so make sure you are keeping track of your mileage for the FR2110 turnoff. The sign for the turnoff still exist but for the return road (I know right?!?).

Hike: This short hike is definitely a tough one. As someone who gets out frequently and doesn't mind an ascent this was still a bit difficult. Mid-Summer heat on the sun exposed parts of the trail led to silt-like hills where you'll slowly avoid sliding. Once we got to the lake we dipped our feet in and enjoyed the scenery. It is not the best view, but overall this is a very involved hike. The town map says this hike is great for families and horses, but I don't see either make the entire trip up to the lake. UPHILL BOTH WAYS so don't think this is a simple walk.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Definitely a moderate hike with lot of a very steep up and downs. The lake is not particularly scenic and the trail seems quite narrow with drop offs that might be difficult or dangerous for horses. There were no obstacles on the trail. Parking was a little difficult and crowded, but it was Memorial Day weekend. Will probably not be back.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Hiked in early May. Beautiful view of Glacier Lake, well worth the hills to get there.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Great hike first 2 miles is easy and kid friendly
Second half up to the PC climbs with switch backs but all in all is a great hike.

Monday, August 08, 2016

As others have stated, 3 miles in and 3 miles out. You almost start to question if you took the right path as you figure you should have been there by now. The lake is the payoff but it's not a lake you can sit with your feet in the water by the beach. It's very muddy, lots of stickers and bugs by the water. Nice camp spot hidden in the trees for those who wana stay the night. Bring OFF. Parking could be an issue.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

This was rated as an easy hike. I felt it was for sure moderate. I also must have read the description wrong as I thought it was 3.2 miles total. But as I re read it did say 3.2 in and back. We did have to go over and under couple trees over the trail but no big deal. Lost the trail at the boulders so we went over and through them, however there was a path to the left, we just missed it. Will do it again.

One of my favorite hikes. Mt. Margaret back county is beautiful. Amazing views of St. Helens, spirit lake, various other lakes, and on a clear day you can see Adams, hood, and rainier. Just make sure you are prepared for any kind of situation you might come across! It is back country.. Meaning you're far away from any immediate help or cell phone service if something happens. The trail is clear and well marked.

Also this hike is not near Stevenson, WA. It begins at the Norway pass trail head on the east side of Mt. St. Helens. You can get there from Randall, WA or Woodland, WA... Take Forrest Rd 25 and then Forrest Rd 99.

One more note. This is nowhere near Stevenson, WA. I would have to say Toutle, WA is probable the closest town.
Also my pics are from Sept. '05

One of my favorite places. Once you get to Norway pass the views are breathtaking of St. Helens with Spirit Lake in fore ground. Don't forget all the wildlife to see, elk, deer, mountain goats, marmots, and birds.
The goat population has been steadily increasing around St. Helens and on the mountain itself. Bring a good set of binocs or spotting scope and camera.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This trail is true to the ol' saying, "Up hill both ways..."

Great work out and the trip in ended with 3 Brook trout worth keeping. Used an all orange Wedding Ring on a Spinning Reel.

loved this trail...gorgeous view of mt st Helens and spirit lake!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Short. Elevation gain is moderate. The last couple hundred feet, the trail become scarce. Parking is limited at the trailhead.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Washouts on the spur road off of NF-21 add a half mile to the hike before you get to the trail head. Trail was clear, not overgrown, well used, always easy to find, but not exactly an easy hike. Lots of views of the raging creek, and the lake at the end is a nice payoff. Would be awesome to be able to hike around the lake, but the terrain is steep and rough. Good early season hike, I don't recall any mud on trail, although everything was soaking wet. From NF-21 the only sign pointing to the trail is seen when coming down the hill, so the spur road is easy to miss.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This trail is a fairly easy loop with multiple trails coming off of it. There is access to the Pacific Crest Trail as well. I've hiked this trail multiple times and the only annoying things I've come across are large amounts of horse poop and streams that cut through the trail. The trail is surrounded by a beautiful forest and includes periodic views of Walupt Lake.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

We come here every year and we love this little lake, however, sometimes there are too many people and the campground can get a little noisy. It really depends on the week. There are some wonderful hikes in the area, and sailing on the lake is a great fun as long as you keep a look out for submerged logs.

We didn't go all the way to Mt. Margaret, but climbed to a point just above Bear Pass. The views were absolutely stunning; from the highest point, we could see Mt Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and, of course, Mt. St. Helens. The trail is a steady climb, but not overly difficult. It has a lot of variety, from wide valleys to narrow creekbeds, all the while with views of the various peaks. When you finally reach the pass and see St. Helens for the first time, it is breathtaking, staring down the mouth of the crater created when it erupted, with Spirit Lake sparkling in the foreground. The devastation is evident all around, but so is the new growth that has spring up since. We only saw 6 other hikers, so had a lot of solitude. The trail is well-marked and relatively smooth.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Nice campground on the lake with easy access to multiple hiking trails. Canoes, kayaks, fishermen and stand up paddlers were all busy during our stay.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This is a great hike! I hiked it with my wife in early July 2011 and we hd a great time. Not too strenuous but sill a workout and good fishing at the lake despite the limited room for casting. I went back the next day and hiked it solo.

What I remember most is all the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. White bleached trees laying all in one direction where they fell in 1980. It's a stark environment, Spirit Lake being filled with logs like they were dumped there.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

many trees over the trail and washouts making hiking difficult. Nice lake and views with good fishing. Group of college age people with 8balls and shotguns partying at the trail end making my experience uncomfortable and sketchy. If not for that would have been great.

on Sand Lake Trail

Friday, January 06, 2012

Snowshoed from snow park to Sand Lake trail head, a six-mile round trip with only 250 ft elevation gain. The first two miles in were fairly well traveled, but we had to break trail the last mile. Although it was overcast, we got some good views of the Tatoosh Range and the base of Mt. Rainier. One of the little surprises we got was learning that crows too can post-hole.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A very beautiful area of Wa. State. Did trail maintenance with AHS (American Hiking Society) out of the Packwood Forest Ranger station. We hiked/horse packed our week long gear up by Packwood Lake and bivouac at Lost Lake. Did all types of side excursions to many areas including Coyote Lake/Trail, great time.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The trail is all but impassable for those without rope teams. I am Packwood search and rescue and would honestly arrest myself if I had to rescue me along this trail; ignoring all the warning signs! Finally making it to the lake...it is filled with something dark, sinister if you will. My advice? Find somewhere else to go!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The pic. i put on here is just down from the trail head but not far 200 yard.........the views are great...But the road to get there is a little rough so no low rideing cars......

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