May 05, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Beaver Lake
- Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
- Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
- Trails: Beaver Lake (#629)
- Avg Rating: 3.00
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
Trailhead is well marked off road with a large forest sign (brown and yellow). Drive across the road to the boat launch for toilets.
This trail was interesting because the terrain changed often. There's an uprooted tree that is bit tight to get around leading to a landslide area that's a little sketchy as the path is very narrow. A patch of slippery muddy clay made for messy boots further on. It looked like WTA had been there recently as several blowdowns had been attacked with chainsaws, making our passage quite pleasant...thank you! Trilliums, salmonberry blossoms and bleeding hearts on the trail!
Walk across a foot bridge to Beaver Lake and on a bit further, you'll come out on the Sauk River and the trail disappears. Roundtrip is about 3.5 miles out and back. This would be lovely in the fall, too.
We like to take mini-adventures when we hike and today was no different. We drove across to the boat launch and took the forest road up a bit. We stopped on the side of the road. We walked out on a LEDGE with a view of the valley below-it was STUNNING but very dangerous because we think the soil under where we were standing was compromised.