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Coal Lake

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.1142, -121.5182 Map & Directions
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
44 feet
Highest Point
3,420 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Coal Lake on a bright, sunny day. Photo by Doris Wang. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

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Visit an alpine lake via a short walk from the trailhead. A washout before the official trailhead adds 0.2 miles each way to your walk. Continue reading

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Hiking Coal Lake

Visit an alpine lake via a short walk from the trailhead. A washout before the official trailhead adds 0.2 miles each way to your walk. 

There is a recent road washout that looks to be from winter 2019-2020 -- 0.2 miles from the main trailhead. The washout is not passable by any cars, but it is possible to turn a car around and park along the road. Please be sure to leave room for traffic to flow. 

The washout requires a climb over and onto the other side of the road.

Once at the sign for Coal Lake, there is a pit toilet and trash cans. Look for the trail to Coal Lake on the right side of the road, across from the Coal Lake sign. The trail itself is short; only about 0.1 miles.

You will see the lake immediately and the water is easily accessible, with a few campsites scattered around the lake.

Hike Description Written by
Doris Wang, WTA Correspondent

Coal Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.1142, -121.5182 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From the Verlot Public Service Center, travel east on Mountain Loop Highway for 15 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 4060, (Coal Lake Road). Continue on this dirt road for 4.2 miles to washout.

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North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Coal Lake (#632)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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