Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Started the trail at Smithbrook Trailhead. Parking lot nearly full on a July afternoon, but the lake was uncrowded. Trail is nicely switchbacked and the elevation that you gain on the way up to the junction with the PCT goes quickly and easily. The lake is spectacular. We had lunch on a large rock situated above the water and could easily see the fish swimming around the logs below. Crystal clear water. Just about a perfect dayhike.

This was such a fun hike. We did the short version that catches up to the PCT. You hit switch backs right away and then get on the PCT for the rest of the way which is nice because you have all of that energy and motivation to get you up the switches and then it levels out and is pretty flat the rest of the way until you do a couple of switches going down to the lake. The lake is gorgeous and pristine. It's clean enough that you could totally drink out of it if you had to but it's always a good idea to use a fitting system of some kind. We used a Bobble water bottle and we're fine. The water is a little cold but after hiking in the hot sun it is a welcomed friend. This lake also features a beach which I haven't seen before at a mountain lake. So if you know of any others that feature a beach let me know! Happy trails!!

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.

on Iron Goat Trail

28 days ago

I would consider easy not moderate trail, take repellent the mosquitos on the trail are relentless. Great history, not crowded and perfect for a fun easy hike.

1 month 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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing!!

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

hiking
1 month 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. :)

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

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

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

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
3 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!

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!!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Perfection

snowshoeing
6 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!

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing trail. Absolutely stunning in winter, and fairly easy in the lower half. The upper ledge was a bit more technical than anticipated with 2’ of snow on the ground, but completely worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

This is my personal favorite of the PNW. There is so much history and beauty along this trail. Trail and bathrooms are well maintained. Artifacts and remnants are scattered not far off trails, please do not disturb them. Lots of interpretive signs that talk of the avalanche and current railways. Always a joy to visit when on the way to Leavenworth.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked the lower and upper grade today for the first time, it was really nice. Be aware the upper grade was at least 1/3rd flooded out due to all of the rainfall (especially along the snowsheds), so bring some waterproof boots or wellies. Great pics and the dog loved it otherwise.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

good day hike, broke half of the trail in two-three feet deep snow to the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Completed another solo hike today! I stopped by the Iron goat interpretive site for a few minutes, then arrived at the Martin creek trailhead to the Iron goat trail. The first 2.75 miles is flat and easy, but with lots of historical scenery.

I went on further to Windy point where I immediately gained elevation and added 3 miles to the total. I wanted to continue on to Wellington, which is the exact location of a massive avalanche that claimed over 100 lives in 1910, but that would have added another 6 miles round trip, and I was running out of time.

That just gives me an excuse to return next year!

Fantastic trail it is part of the famous PCT . The lake is beautiful !

hiking
9 months ago

Spectacular fall foliage! Not a person in site for most of the day. The dogs loved the leaves and water falls. We loved the amazing photo opps!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike

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