Explore the most popular lake 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.

Beautiful hike to a pretty lake. Did this with our two small kids (4 and 2), carried the toddler but the four year old had a blast and hiked most of it.

Fun bridge to cross and pretty waterfall on a mountainside.

HIked it on July 21. No snow on the trail at any point. Beautiful hike and trail. Copper Lake is beautiful with a backdrop of mountains with some snow.

According to Strava (on my phone) the hike was around 10 miles roundtrip (or 5 miles one way) to Copper Lake and 3000' vertical. We hike pretty fast and took us 2h to get to Copper Lake and a little less time to get down.

1 day ago

Trail was well maintained with minimal obstacles. last 3 miles to Jade lake from 5 mile camp are tough so take it slow and just keep going it's worth it.

Bugs up top in July are relentless and they are not bothered by deet so bring a face net.

Some snow fields present around lake ilswoot, locket and cloudy. circumnavigation of those lakes is a bit dangerous this time of year.

Lots of snow if you want to do the loop bring glacier crossing experience, axes, helmet, rope, etc

Temperature and weather was fantastic for the week of 4th of July and we barely needed our sleeping bags.

Best camping spots are at Lake ilswoot and al.

4 days ago

Very nice hike. Trail is still fairly muddy and plenty of snow, but completely doable. Mosquitoes are out, but spray took care of them no problem. There was a decent amount of traffic. Unfortunately, a few kids were at the lake, which were quite loud and could have done without that. Views are stunning though. I added Mt McCausland to the hike, which ended up a 8 miles exactly.

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.

6 days ago


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

13 days ago

Pretty fun and unique but definitely not easy and more around 10.5 miles out and back. Watch out for snakes and snow at the top ;)

trail running
14 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.

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.

16 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

16 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.

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!

22 days ago

Gorgeous veiws and crystal clear water everywhere, powered up it in about an hour and 15 minutes. I'll come back to backpack and see the rest of the slakes in the series!

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.

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

1 month ago

Finished my last final of junior year at UW so my partner and I headed to Necklace Valley for an overnighter. The first five miles are very pretty through the forest. Pretty flat, but there are lots of bugs and spiders. We used our poles to knock down spider webs because we kept running into them. There is also a lot of devils club and some stinging nettle so watch out.
We were planning on camping up at Jade Lake but after thinking about camping in snow and seeing how nice the campsite at five mile looked, we decided to camp there. We had a very nice camp with the river running loudly next to us. Didn't really see any wildlife, just more bugs. I left the shorts I had hiked in out in the camp overnight and when I woke up the next day, a dead mouse was in them. Not really sure what the story is behind that.
We started hiking up to the lakes at 7 am the next day. Trail is uphill for some parts but not the worst with one big tree down to walk across. It took us about three hours to get up to Jade lake which is longer than we expected but we were in no rush. The intermediate snow that starts around 3700' was very thin and soft. We really had to watch out for falling through so we kicked out a lot of chunks. Trail becomes all snow just before Jade lake. The lake is about half thawed with interesting blue/green colors and very clear. The trail goes right along the lake and in some cases even too close (ie the trail is in the lake) so we forged uphill a bit. We then continued on through more snow fields to Emerald lake and Opal lake. Both are about the same as Jade in terms of frozen. We really wanted to see if we could continue on to tank lakes but we didn't have time unfortunately. Although, with the right equipment, I see no reason why this couldn't be done. As the snow is very thin, I would be careful going across bolder fields because falling through could be painful and into crevices of an unknown depth.
We also did a bit of an off trail expedition to get a peek of Lake Ilswoot. This was probably when our college stupidity came out the most because it was kinda sketch but also we got to see it. We climbed to the top of the ridge but the actual lake is way further down and through the trees and there was no way we were climbing down there. Maybe if we had planned a better route we could have. There might have been a passable route by going between the two ridges on the other side of Emerald Lake from the trail, but going up and over is probably not a good idea because the way down is very steep as far as we could see. Ilswoot is more thawed out than the three smaller ones. It is mostly light blue with some ice chunks in it. We could only see a glimpse through the trees but it looked really pretty.
We headed back down and the sun came out for us (the snow did become softer and easier to fall through though). Very pretty vistas of mountains heading down from the valley. And the five mile hike back to the trailhead was more of the same. Overall great trip. I would love to come back later in the season when there is less snow and I have more time to explore beyond Opal lake.

Beautiful hike with waterfalls and some old growth trees! Definitely a lot of snow in the lake basin of malachite and cooper, and needs to melt a little more up there before I try again!

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

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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.

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.

3 months ago

Camped here on a warm weekend last summer. Good time at the lake

Deep snow about a mile to the lake. We made it and stayed the night but I don’t think most will. Wait a month or so.. if you’re actually going to snoqualmie lake, plan on doing between 17 to 20 miles.

Hmmm, not sure how to describe this hike. I am giving it four starts if you do it with some snow on the ground making it a little more challenging. The hike back was a little boring especially after the miles started adding up and the scenery of an old logging road became etched in my brain. Probably a good trail running trail as others had mentioned. This was a great hike for spring as it had some snow and the lake was still frozen. The falls on the way were awesome as was some of the sun shining on some of the peaks that we saw early on in the hike. I wouldnt say its a hard hike as much as a long hike. I think as a through hike it would be awesome when the snow melts. Also an excellent hike for someone that might do the Enchantments in one day as its the same distance but only about half the elevation gain. If you do this one at a fast pace you can do the Enchantments enjoying yourself!

DO NOT TRY THIS HIKE IF YOUR NOT PREPARED , it's easy to loose track and it is a hard hike , got lost twice and turned back half way .
there are no humans along the way and it's pure forest packed with a lot and a lot of snow .
I will give it another try during summer time when there is more day light .

5 months ago

This was a five star day despite our failure to reach the lake. The route from Stevens Pass is my favorite of the two. There was just so much snow to break through as well as a few creek crossings This was one of the earlier snow shoes our group did so some became a little tired. I will finish this hike this season though!

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