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Greenwater and Echo Lakes, Echo Lake — Jul 20, 2013 — Aaron Wheeler
Overnight
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Bugs
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The trail was beautiful the day we hiked into Echo Lake as well as the next day, when we hiked out. ...
The trail was beautiful the day we hiked into Echo Lake as well as the next day, when we hiked out. It was sunny, lush, and about 70-75 degrees throughout the hike.

There were a few unfavorable conditions, though they didn't detract from the hike in the least. There were about 5 felled trees blocking the path, all circumnavigable. There were a three of four mudpots, again easily avoided. Finally, there's a lot of mosquitos during the last quarter of the hike towards Echo Lake. Bring bug spray!

The trail was pretty empty most of the time; maybe one or two other hikers an hour. The Lake campsites were pretty taken up, though we did end up finding a great spot. Highly recommend it!
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Echo Lake — Jun 29, 2013 — Old Eye Man
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Bugs
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This was a nice hike to do on a hot day as the route is 99% in the shade. Another plus is the FS r...
This was a nice hike to do on a hot day as the route is 99% in the shade. Another plus is the FS road is paved all the way to the TH. There is a fair amount of mud on the trail to contend with, so you'll have some muddy boots to clean up when you get home. There is also one narrow hill side spot in the trail that needs some erosion control TLC ASAP as the width of the tread is down to about 12 inches. Both Greenwater Lakes and the river as well as Echo Lake are lovely. Bug repellent was needed at Echo Lake. We had a 3 generation hike with participants ranging from 19 to 77, with everyone good and tired after 14 miles.
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Greenwater and Echo Lakes, Echo Lake — Jul 27, 2012 — Montana
Overnight
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Blowdowns | Mud/Rockslide | Mudholes | Water on trail | Bugs
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We got on the trail early friday morning. Great choice to go on friday ahead of the crowds that woul...
We got on the trail early friday morning. Great choice to go on friday ahead of the crowds that would be coming on Saturday morning. We stayed one night. The lake was beautiful but slightly on the cold side. I usually swim but I did some wadding and that was about all. Bugs were bad but with some spray they were tolerable. The hike is nice and gradual for the first 6 miles but the last 1 1/2 miles is pretty strenuous if your not use to it.
Great hike and great place to camp. Remember with a little extra work you can hike a little further around the lake and find the best campsites on the backside of the lake!

PS For good laughs, there is a burrito stand at mile 7 on the trail just after you crest the top of the trail before it is downhill to the lake!
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Echo Lake, Greenwater and Echo Lakes, Greenwater Lakes - Quinn & Lost Lakes — Jul 22, 2011 — hikingwithmybrother
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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This week we headed out toward Crystal Mountain and Highway 410 to explore the Greenlakes Trail out ...
This week we headed out toward Crystal Mountain and Highway 410 to explore the Greenlakes Trail out to Echo Lake. Because this area is extremely popular for both hiking and camping during the summer, we planned an early start to try and get the jump on the crowds on a sunny weekend. We managed our early start, but not avoiding the crowds – the parking lot was already packed by the time we geared up.

Rushing rivers, placid lakes, and wild forests continue to bring hikers out to the Greenwater Lakes trail. The hike out to Greenwater Lakes is very approachable for any almost anyone. This makes it a great option for young campers on their first overnight or backpacking experience. Beyond the lakes the trail does become more difficult, gaining a fair amount of elevation, so be prepared for more of a workout. Those looking to get away from the crowds will want to avoid this approach to Echo Lake, which can also be accessed via the Corral Pass trailhead. Still, we definitely recommended this hike for getting the whole family on the trail or getting those reluctant friends out on a hike.

For the full trip report, check out:

http://www.hikingwithmybrot[…]-echo-lakes-trail-1176.html

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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section I - White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass, Arch Rock, Echo Lake, Maggie Creek — Jul 02, 2010 — JHPearce
Multi-night backpack
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Blowdowns | Overgrown | Water on trail | Snow on trail
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The last trip report on this loop is from 2006 via Motsies. Not sure how heavy the 2005/2006 winter...
The last trip report on this loop is from 2006 via Motsies. Not sure how heavy the 2005/2006 winter was, but like this hiker I thought I’d give it a whirl in light of the low snow levels. I arrived at the horse camp at the end of forest road 70 around 3:00 PM. The pup and I immediately encountered snow and run off. PCT 2000 was easy to follow from the Maggie Creek Junction to Rods Gap even with the snow. Little to no snow from Rods Gap to Louisiana Saddle. 1/2 dozen blow downs. The climb up to Arch Rock however was covered. My intentions were to camp out well beyond Arch Rock. Low visibility from the clouds and rain hindered my navigation. Decided to call it quits early and camp out just below the snow line. Wise move as wind and rain came rushing in shortly after I was settled. Went to bed slightly discourage. Crashed out around 9:00 with hopes of morning sun breaks.

I awoke to a tomb of clouds. It wasn't exactly raining but the mist was just a wet with how thick it was. The day light beyond helped in navigating the accent. Post holing through the snow did however slow progress. Thankful to have had a whole day day ahead of me. The snow thinned out once up and out of the tree line. The meadows at the Echo Lake Trail 1187 junction were quite lovely this early in the season. Lots of game tracks and droppings, but no Elk sightings. Only the remnants of the 1939 airplane crash to strike my curiosity.

I concur with Motsies regarding running astray here. I see how it could be easy to follow the wrong drainage. Keep in mind as the clearing narrows the trail jogs North West into the tree line, then up and over a small out cropping into a separate wash independent of meadows at the junction. The decent into Echo Lake was steep. The first 1000 ft was essentially all boulders and snow. No trail to be seen. Once back into the tree line the trail was relatively snow free. 6-8 blowdowns. Echo Lake was quite when I arrived around 12:30. The sun even revealed itself. Had lunch an pressed on to Maggie Creek. Greeting a handful of backpackers and day hikers just as they were descending into Echo. Nice to tell them they were almost there and mean it.

My afternoon crossing of the Greenwater River proved exciting. There is no bridge. Several logs up and down stream could be used but all were way too slick for my liking. I opted for a forge given I was solo and with my dog. Crossed with a good gasp from the chill and a wide eyed pup. The water was nearly waist deep, just enough to get my drawers good a wet. Trail 1186 appears to get very little use. 12 + blowdowns and foliage is beginning to cover the trail. Consolation prize for no Elk sightings, I spotted a porcupine near the the second run off just before the Maggie Creek. Camp was dry and much warm the previous. Dapples of sunlight came through the tree line as the sun was setting.

My morning 2 mile ascent back to trail 2000 was gentle with some nice switchbacks. Contrary to the previous afternoon, this section of the 1186 was in terrific shape, only a couple of blowdowns. Pressed beyond the junction back to the trailhead and explored Government Meadows a bit, then hit the road for a 4th of July BBQ in the city.

Cloud cover hindered all the vistas on the PCT, but solitude was my aim and this loop certainly delivered. Nice to have so much trail all to yourself.
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Echo Lake (#1176)
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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Snoqualmie Pass

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