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

Went with some buddies for a couple days. Hiked in friday evening for a quick camp set up. Got up mid morning Saturday and hiked up to Copper Lake took some pool floats and floated/fished for a couple hours. Moved on to Little Heart hit the peak in between little and big but one buddy was worse for wear so we turned back and made camp back by Copper.

Bug netting currently is a must they get quite thick in areas. There is a longer stretch in between Trout and Copper Lake that is exposed to the sun so some refill water often(we used sawyer squeeze filters) and remember sunscreen.

Overall the beauty and experience is worth the trip Enjoy!

We did this hike but from Smithbrook Trail/Stevens Pass. It was about 7 miles round trip, easy moderate level. Had lunch at the lake which was stunning. Only downside was the bugs were out and we got eaten alive despite having on bug spray.

3 days ago


Pretty scenery and secluded. My dog was lost on it for a day!

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11 days ago

Gorgeous trail with so much to offer for those willing to make the long, slow drive up the 10-mile dirt road. Plus, everyone on trail was super friendly and followed proper trail etiquette.

Only went as far as Copper Lake. Sign says 4 miles - I say 5. Beautiful hike though. Copper lake was so beautiful- almost surreal. I suggest mosquito netting/bug deterrent though.

Beautiful mountain scenery. Old train tunnels are fun and interpretive signage is nice.

The trail was beautiful. Lots of stairs, roots, and rocks, as well as a couple big downed trees I had to climb over made this more of a slow hike than the run I’d planned to do. I recommend bringing water shoes/sandals for the river crossing.

13 days ago

I love this trail...We hiked it last September and the lake is absolutely stunning! We ate lunch and rested by the lake before heading back. We will definitely go again this year. :)

on Lake Dorothy Trail

13 days ago

Hiked on June 27. Loved this little hike. More stairs and up and down than I realized but lots lovely lush greenness, rushing water at the bridge, and surprisingly, not too many bugs. Three toilets along the lake and a few camping spots. To get up to the other lakes (Bear, Deer, Snoqualmie) you’ll have to cross the river at the far end of the lake, but it isn’t very deep.

Fun hike, lots of fun caves to explore, also several waterfalls through the hike. Family Friendly, good for all skill types. Upper trail a bit harder then lower trail

Hiked in June 30th, no snow until we got to Malachite Lake and you couldn’t see the trail. Had to make our way through bushes and trees to find a spot to put our tent. It was super windy and rainy so be prepared! I’ll be it gorgeous on a sunny day though!

love this trail , have been there 2 times, but going back just to encourage other people to visit there .

Trail in good condition; kudos to the volunteer WTA crew stabilizing the trail on the way to Bear Lake. Cool and cloudy day was perfect for a long day hike. Stream crossing at 4.3 miles is running fast and about knee deep. Made it to Bear Lake before needing to turn around. Bugs were annoying but not terrible. Can't wait to get back to finish.

24 days ago

great hike. I parked at the lower trailhead and climbed the switch backs up to the trail and on to Wellington. my fitness app said 9 miles round trip and 20k steps but if you want to see all the cool stuff without the hike then there is a trailhead parking area at Wellington. lots of cottonwood floating around and mosquitoes in the trees there was plenty of water also.

Great hike. Lots of snow still at the top. Well worth the hike up.

1 month ago

It’s not a difficult trail, there is a lot natural beauty and a little bit of the history about the Great Northern Railway.

Very easy but a pleasant stop if you've been driving a while and need a rest. Beautiful view of the falls.

Easy access to the waterfalls and stream. The falls was breathtaking.

Tried it on Sunday. Awesome sun. But got stopped half way there with chest deep snow! Bring ur spikes or crampons and ur fine.

intersting history with the railway, views and scenery average but certainly worth the 2.5 to 3 hours for the loop

1 month ago

Great moderate hike! The last two miles to the trailhead, a stream is running past the road. Not deep at all.

1 month ago

Epic! We went straight to the twin tunnels, took a switch back up to the above trail and followed that back to the start. 7 miles all together with our 6 year old. Amazing views, the upper portion was so awesome and a bit more challenging. The way down was a switchback and ridiculous! So steep but was a lot of fun. Definitely a new favorite!

We just hiked to the lake and back. had snow on trail closer to the lake. light to moderate traffic. very nice day and good trail.

Beautiful loop, a bit steep if you go all the way down but it's worth it. The few sequoia remaining are incredible too!

2 months ago

Awesome awesome trail! Parked outside the scenic trailhead (it’s still closed!) and took my 9 year old son and puppy. The trail itself was fairly flat, we crossed to the upper grade at Martin’s Creek and took the upper grade back. We took the Windy Pt crossover down. If you can at all avoid it, don’t take that path up! It’s 1 mile long and has 28 switchbacks. Coming down it was the most unpleasant thing about the hike. The walk up has to be brutal!! A lot of snow runoff type streams on the upper grade that were a little scary for my 9 yo, so keep that in mind. The entire upper grade had a lot of running water over the trail. Didn’t make it to Wellington, but plan on doing that next time.

The artifacts left behind were interesting enough to keep my 9 yo old engaged throughout the hike and we both learned quite a bit about the railroad. Would absolutely do it again!

very beautiful trail, easy and short, well marked. View is so good, water is raging, feels so good to watch it!

2 months ago

Prepare for bears! Be willing to cross rapid creek to get to Lake Elizabeth. Road is washed out at 2.3 Miles from Miller river road.

Had the pleasure of hiking this trail in Friday evening, easy trail on the lower grade with fantastic scenery. Headed back out of the trail after sunset which made for a fun scary experience as this trail is listed as a haunted trail due to the history here. Will be coming back to hike the upper grades!!

Must see, beautiful trail and well maintained, along with informational posts around the loop. Several raging waterfalls just add to the tranquil setting. Another hike adjoining this trail to add extra walking/hiking..Family friendly, along with parking and bathroom facilities (however, closed up when went yesterday 4/23)

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