Greenwater + Echo Lakes

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • One of many bridges on the Greenwater Lakes Trail.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • Greenwater Lakes Trial.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • The rushing Greenwater River runs alongside the trail.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • The Greenwater River.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • The Greenwater River.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • The Greenwater River.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • The Greenwater River Trail weaves through a dense forest of hemlock and fir.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • Campsite at Echo Lake.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • Echo Lake.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • Echo Lake.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • Echo Lake.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
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  • Greenwater Lake.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • Greenwater Lake.- Greenwater + Echo Lakes
  • Pacific tree frog. - Greenwater + Echo Lakes
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lakes. Streams. Trailhead is easily accesible. Well maintained.
Cons: 
Crowded. Multi-use trail.
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Alerts: 
A log bridge was out at the last large stream crossing at the time of publication, June 8, 2015. Call the Enumclaw Ranger Station at 360.825.6585 for updated information.
Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,900.00 ft (579.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Horseback
Total Distance: 
14.00 mi (22.53 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,200.00 ft (670.56 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Sometimes a trail can be a destination in and of itself, and the Greenwater Lakes Trail is a perfect example. Starting from the large parking lot, the wide trail winds through an old-growth forest of hemlock, fir, and cedar as it parallels the Greenwater River. It is a fast 2-mile hike with minimal elevation gain to Greenwater Lakes, a pair of small, shallow, and marshy lakes that are popular with local fisherman. There are quite a few nice campsites and fire rings scattered around the lakes and along the river. This quick day hiking destination is a great choice for families with young kids or hikers looking for a half-day outing.

If you plan on enjoying a longer day, proceed to Echo Lake. Continue hiking around the Greenwater Lakes and cross the river a few times using the beautiful log bridges. The trail gets a bit steeper after the final log bridge. Follow signs that indicate the main trail, as some side trails lead down to campsites, and soon you will reach a split. Follow signs for Echo Lake as you hike along the mossy trail that follows the rushing river. At about 2 miles from the split the trail starts to get a bit steep, switchbacking up the side of the mountain. Once at the top you will begin your descent into the lake basin, and at 7 miles from the trailhead you will reach Echo Lake. Don't be surprised to find other hikers there in spite of the 7-mile hike. Fishermen work from the bank and backpackers fill the campsites. This is a great lake for swimming in the summer. 

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