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Greenwater Lakes via Greenwater Trail #1177

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Trail

4.8 mile 7.7 kilometer out and back
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Elevation

Ascent: 424' 129 m
Descent: -424' -129 m
High: 2,872' 875 m
Low: 2,492' 759 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Leashed
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Trail shared by Emily Roeben

A hike through old growth forest leads to Greenwater Lakes, part of the larger Greenwater Trail #1176.

Emily Roeben

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy the log and board bridges with sturdy railings, a lake to safely play in, and the giant trees. The water in the lakes can be very cold. Not known if there is a pit toilet.

Northwest Forest Pass required.

Overview

The Greenwater Lakes Trail is a small portion of the larger Greenwater Trail #1176, specifically a segment from the northern trailhead to Echo Lake.

Need to Know

Horses are allowed on the trail so you'll notice multiple horse fords along the way. The best time to visit is April - November.

Description

Begin the trail among huge trees in the mossy forest. From the trailhead, the hike begins on a very wide, gentle trail. The first two miles to Greenwater Lake are almost entirely flat, helping to quickly pull you deeper into the forest.

Expect to cross a half dozen bridges along the way as the trail follows the path of least resistance up the river valley. The first waterfall is at a quarter mile and water views continue along the way. Moss and ferns soften the cliffs that are reminders of old volcanic activity.

The first lake is about 1.5 miles after the trailhead. The lake is cold as the river passes through the lake. This lake tends to feel a little more like a widening in the river than a true lake. A few campsites can be found here if you follow small side trails around the lake.

Upper Greenwater Lake is another 0.5 mile along the trail, just beyond the Norse Peak Wilderness boundary. Upper Greenwater Lake is larger and has a beaver lodge at one end.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas fir and cedar. In the spring, trilliums, wild ginger, and yellow violets.

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Jun 9, 2019
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May 27, 2019
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May 25, 2019
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May 27, 2018
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Meadow Creek along the Greenwater Trail #1177
Jul 20, 2017 near Cle Elum, WA
The trailhead is well marked
May 25, 2018 near Greenwater, WA
Cliffs along trail
May 25, 2018 near Greenwater, WA
Lower Lake
May 25, 2018 near Greenwater, WA
One of multiple Trail bridges
Jul 20, 2017 near Cle Elum, WA

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