Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

such a beautiful trail. can't wait to go back

17 days ago

This is a 10 mile hike to the big waterfall, definitely not 7.5 so plan accordingly. We planned for the 7.5 mile hike and ended up finishing in the dark. There we’re a few of us who misplanned and ended the trip in the pitch black. It’s absolutely stunning, though. Spectacular views throughout the hike.

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked out to the lake early before the crowd came. It's a pleasant one, with gradual incline not being too much of a problem once you clear the initial switchbacks near the trailhead. Descending to the lake is an unreal view and it's simply one of the most serene places I've ever been.

Was SUPER crowded on the way out, so be warned it does get busy. Would definitely take away from the peaceful experience of having the lake mostly to yourself.

great hike! sooo much to see. did the hike clockwise, which i recommend especially with kids. the lower loop has so much history and the upper loop has great views.

Serene and perfect for a weekend afternoon

Good hike

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike in general, great for running too. Greatly maintained, pretty cool tunnels.

1 month ago

fun trail

on Lake Valhalla Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Started at Smithbrook. Went a couple days ago and it is the perfect fall hike. Breathtaking fall foliage and diverse landscapes. Sun was out and it was warm but not hot.

Not sure why this is listed as moderate. Hike is primarily flat and wide making for an easy hike. Lots of interesting railroad history with historical markers. Good hike for kids.

Maybe this hike is “moderate” if you do the loop counter-clockwise up the steep switchbacks but it was a pleasantly easy hike doing a clockwise route.

Plenty of tunnel openings and historical markers along the way to make the hike a unique one. Unfortunately, you can hear the cars from Highway 2 for most of the trip.

I went the second weekend of September. The fall colors should really pop in a week or two.

T-Mobile cell was available except for the first half mile closest to the trailhead.

2 months ago

Great hike but the signs are a little confusing. The map of the trail on here makes it look like one loop but it seemed like there were multiple trails you could take.

Amazing experience. Will visit again.

Super fun, but busy hike. Parking was a mess and there was a lot of people. Beware of livestock as well (keep dogs on leash).

This is a beautiful hike with great camping locations. So quiet, peaceful, and serene. Looking forward to our return to stay over night.

hiking
2 months ago

Really lovely hike, weather was perfect, and we took our two couch potato canines. They got worn out in the switchback section, but it ended just in time. Not a plethora of stunning views, but some great glimpses of mountains/forests. Overall, a lovely, not too strenuous trail, well-marked and well-maintained.

Great trail! Lots of history. My husband, daughter and I really enjoyed all of the scenery and the other things to see like the snow shed and tunnels.

hiking
2 months ago

Beckler Peak will challenge you a little bit. It's a newer trail est. in 2011 so it isn't quite well-known as some of the other trails in the area. Once you reach the switchbacks that will let you know that you are almost to the top. Bring plenty of water during the summer months because you will be exposed to the sun during most of the hike. I didn't have any issues with bugs when I went.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is beautiful. The only moderate climb is at the beginning of the trail, with lots of switch backs. After that the climb is gradual and easy if you're headed toward Wellington. The caves and water falls along the way are gorgeous. I would say that it's suitable for most ages, but there are a few places with steep drops along side the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Got soaked on the upper trail due to a steady rainfall but worth it, so lovely!

Took the shorter 7mi roundtrip route as other reviewers have noted: Smithbrook trail to PCT to Lake Valhalla, and it was beautiful! Flowers still blooming, nice foliage, big rocks, logs, dogs, and great views even though it was pretty hazy/foggy. Parking was not a problem even though there were quite a few hikers out.

Lakes are beautiful. It’s about 15 minutes south of surprise lake till you reach glacier. There are a ton of bugs at the lake but they don’t bite

Lovely trail! It is appropriately labeled as " moderate" due to some steep, rocky areas with loose rocks. Hiking poles recommended. Saw some out-of-shape people struggling and not having a good time...The trail was well marked and not too heavy with traffic. Probably good for out of town guests who want a hike close to Seattle with a nice payoff at the end. Bring bug spray!

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful lake. Went up for one night. Very limit camp sites. Lots of people

hiking
3 months 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!!

hiking
3 months ago

would love to go backpacking to the other lakes, very gorgeous.

on Iron Goat Trail

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail! Old forest. Saw a black bear driving on the dirt road. The mosquitos were aggressive at the 2 mile mark and kept this up to the top, then disappeared. The little flies on top came in waves! Very little snow on the trail. A few running water flows lower but didn't even wet the boot. Tiger Lily growing on side of trail about 1.50 miles up. There is a washed-out section about 0.4 miles in which you can navigate easily. Trailhead potty out of TP. Moderate difficulty.

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