May 19, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Greider Lakes
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Agency: Department of Natural Resources, Northwest Region Office, Sedro-Woolley
- Avg Rating: 2.83
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with a dog
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
The original trail is a wonderfully classic trail with pine cones on the trail and a variety of terrain, including a brief start through raspberry bushes fighting for the trail (I was glad to find this didn't last long) and then a climb higher into an exemplar northwestern hike with rocks, roots, and fallen trees. The trail is well maintained and the lakes are quite lovely. There are several campsites at the lakes, though camping is only permitted June 15- October 15 (legally).
Note that there is snow near the top, covering the trail completely by the time you reach the smaller of the two lakes. Gaitors are highly recommended if you plan to walk to Big Greider and/or look for the viewpoint (which we couldn't find, despite our best attempts).
Due, presumably, to the unexpected 2 mile gravel road approach, this trail was a great one for solitude and peace.
We didn't actually hike with a dog, but we saw 2.
Hike elevation gain/loss and neat details: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/180228011