Greenwater Lakes via Greenwater Trail #1177
ElevationAscent: 424' 129 m
Descent: -424' -129 m
High: 2,872' 875 m
Low: 2,492' 759 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A hike through old growth forest leads to Greenwater Lakes, part of the larger Greenwater Trail #1176.”— Emily Roeben
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.
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.
Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office