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on Granite Lakes Trail

24 days ago

Beautiful, quiet hike on the I90 corridor. A lot less busy then most in the area which made for a good walk in the woods!

hiking
1 month ago

The lake was beautiful! Some brush making the trail narrow in parts but overall worth it in the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike. Trail is clear but I'd recommend long sleeves and pants for the last stretch. Definitely not as crowded as some of the other surrounding trails.

Really enjoyed this trail! The trail was well kept, and the views at Granite lake were amazing.
Started at 8:30 AM and ran into very few people both out and back. .

There is two listings for this hike. I looked at this one and was caught off guard by the extra length not stated. Fitbit read 10 miles round trip (which is consistent with the other posting). Despite extra length it was a great hike! Got there at 8 am and had the entire trail and lake to myself. Saw a few people on the way down, but not many and they were spaced out. There's a few creek crossings with the last two being more difficult to cross. Almost turned around at the last one, but I could tell I was just about to the lake. Was able to get across without getting wet and it was worth it. Beautiful lake view! And my pup loved cooling off in the water. Would definitely do this hike again.

trail running
4 months ago

I did this one on a whim this afternoon, and boy am I glad I did! Great moderate-intensity hike with a great payoff at Upper Granite Lake! I'll be back to check out the other lakes on this trail, for sure!

hiking
4 months ago

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Us: four gals aged 51-56, avid hikers
6-1/2 hrs total time, 5-1/2 hrs moving
Spikes and poles recommended

We would rate this trail as MODERATE due to the distance and elevation gain.

Arrived around 8:20 am to only a few cars in the beautiful new parking lot. Moderate hike up, slushsy/spotty snow started at about 3-1/2 miles. We had spikes but didn’t put them on, it was fine but was more work than if we’d just put them on. Some knee-deep postholing and one fall (me) :)

Most creeks were easily-crossible, I took out one trekking pole to cross a couple of the deeper/wider ones. Waterfalls are full and exciting.

At the intersection with the Thompson Lake trail we met up with a coupla groups that had passed us earlier; reports were that the Thompson route involved consistent thigh-deep postholing, and Granite Lakes involved a “river crossing” that these folks weren’t willing to attempt. We opted for Granite Lakes (our original destination) and headed out. The river/creek crossing was a little harrowing, but ok with poles. More and more snow and climbing over and through some branches/blowdown, made for slow-going.

Another group heading back from the lake warned that there are many tracks to get to the lake and there’s lots of postholing, so to be careful at which route we decide to take. At some point we saw tracks downhill and to our right, but contined straight ahead. Eventually the tracks we were following petered out and we checked AllTrails to find we were up above the lake (which we couldn’t see through thick woods) and should’ve headed off to the right (south) earlier. Not sure why I didn’t check AllTrails back then, but I was just following some tracks and all seemed ok (lesson learned). Since we were well past where we could have headed down to the lake and saw what looked like a clearing ahead, we decided to go a little further to see what we would find: lots of branches/brush to climb thru and more snow. In a minute we cleared the woods that separated us from a view of the lake below and climbed down a bit out of the snow to some exposed boulders and tree debris, sat and had lunch and rested and such. Looked down at part of the frozen lake and a waterfall across the basin.

We put our spikes on for the descent, that made life a lot easier. While we were putting them on, we were joined by a group of young hikers climbing through the branches who apparently followed our tracks. Later we were passed by another fellow who did the same thing. Oh well, lesson learned by all :)

Overall an adventurous day. We don’t care that we didn’t get to the lakeshore or anything. We had a beautiful day; peaceful, had the trail mostly to ourselves; other hikers were few and pleasant, most were properly-geared up; we had some challenging snow, creek crossings, some unintended bushwhacking; and all got back to the car safely, albiet a little sore and tired from the long haul.

hiking
5 months ago

New trail head is nice. Steep at beginning, but it gets 800 ft out of the way while being distracted by the well-built trail. Tons of snow by the time u cross the bridge over granite creek. I used spikes on the way down. Post- holes should be expected, but more of a fun surprise rather than a disappointment. Be sure to marvel at the chainsaw work passed the bridge. Clearing this trail had to be hard. Time time to appreciate it.

Hiked the granite lake portion. Snow is pretty intense last 2 miles or so. It’s literally knee deep of snow. Nicest parking lot hands down!

hiking
7 months ago

Good easy well maintained trail close to Seattle. Hiked on an early thursday morning in february. Only two other cars in the lot once we finished at 10am. I imagine its busier on sunny days and during the weekends.

hiking
11 months ago

10/9/2017 (Monday) - The new parking lot and the new trail section (used to be "Granite Lake Connector") are in superb condition if FR56 is completely paved (now only one section across the cliff has yet to be completed). This is a sunny day, with fall colors on the mountain views across the Granite Lake. The upper section (old "Granite Lake Trail") is getting narrower because of the overgrowth as the trail is still rarely used (or known).

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail, I hiked 2.2 to Granite creek crossing and back.

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

This is an easy hike to Granite Creek and is in good shape. Many views of the surrounding area. About 2.2 miles to Granite Creek. Another 2 miles to Granite Lakes.

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