Greenwater and Echo Lakes
May 13, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Greenwater and Echo Lakes
- Region: South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
- Agency: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
- Trails: Greenwater Lakes (#1176)
- Avg Rating: 3.13
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
The trail is snow free to the lakes with only one blow-down at the first lake. We continued to the junction with Lost Creek Trail (3.5 miles in) and it was still snow free. About another .75 miles in (towards Echo Lk) the trail suddenly becomes solid snow. The trail itself is in great condition.
I forgot how wonderful this hike is, as I hadn't been there in at least 7 yrs. I realized today that I think Greenwater Lakes is one of the best hikes in the state for families with young children and even for new hikers getting their feet wet. It's rare you can get beautiful lakes, raging rivers, and ancient old growth trees in one hike and especially in a 4-5 mile round-trip hike (with little elevation gain). There are so many places to stop and relax along the way that it spreads out the hikers and never makes it feel too busy. This hike is truly a gem.