Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
14.00 mi (22.53 km)
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Lakes. Streams. Trailhead is easily accesible. Well maintained.

Cons

Crowded. Multi-use trail.

Trailhead Elevation

2,200.00 ft (670.56 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,900.00 ft (579.12 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Old-growth forest

Suitable for

Horseback

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

08/27/2016
Bridge is still technically closed but is crossable, great day today lots of friendly people
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