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West Fork Foss Trail #1064

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 4.7 (3)

See five beautiful lakes, waterfalls, great valley views, and limited crowds along this great trail.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

Point to Point

4,871' 1,485 m

High

1,598' 487 m

Low

3,417' 1,042 m

Up

473' 144 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

46%

Max Grade (25°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

This trail enters wilderness and requires registration.

Description

This trail begins at the very end of NF-68 at a decent sized parking area with registration forms, a restroom, and information kiosk. The single-lane dirt road was easily passable with some potholes (as of Oct 2018). The trail begins fairly flat and well made. There is some elevation gain through a mix of old and new growth forest on route to Trout Lake. There are a few backcountry camp sites near the lake.

After Trout Lake, the trail will begin to steadily gain elevation along nearly endless switchbacks. You'll get a few nice views of the river, but not amazing ones considering there are a few named waterfalls near the bottom. About half way up, the views will open up, granting lovely views into the valley, and to Malachite Falls which is very impressive. Near the top of the switchbacks, the trail will re-enter the forest, passing a short trail intersection to Malachite Lake. You'll come to beautiful Copper Lake shortly thereafter. The large log-dam and shore make a great resting place. There are only a few campsites here, but there was a little pit toilet if you need it.

Many people stop at either Copper Lake or Trout Lake, so after this you could have more privacy. You can keep going to Little Heart Lake along the shore of Copper Lake and then through a pleasant valley. This smaller lake has fewer access points. Climb up the ridge along the eastern edge of the lake to get to Big Heart Lake. You should have some views of Big Heart Falls too. You can continue along the trail which at some point becomes Chetwoot Lake Trail. This will pass Angeline Lake, two small lakes, and arrive at Chetwoot Lake.

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Karl W

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  4.7 from 3 votes

#6006

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  4.7 from 3 votes
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#266

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#6,006

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Photos

Little Heart Lake
Feb 19, 2019 near Skykomish, WA
Silver Eagle Peak on a beautiful fall day.
Oct 27, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Copper Lake
Oct 27, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
View of Copper Lake
Feb 19, 2019 near Skykomish, WA
Crossing the stream the empties Copper Lake is fairly easy.
Oct 27, 2018 near Skykomish, WA
Trout Lake from the small day use "beach".
Oct 27, 2018 near Skykomish, WA

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Sep 6, 2020
Joseph Klix
Aug 1, 2020
Kristina T
This kicked my butt. We made it to Big Heart Lake (beautiful) but crowded with campsites. We backtracked a couple miles and snagged a nice little spot — 4h 30m
May 16, 2020
Michael Gerdes
Forced to turn around just below Lake Malachite due to too much snow and steep trail. 7.8mi — 3h 30m
Jul 30, 2019
Erik Scairpon
Day hike past trout lake to malachite falls. Great trail conditions. Had lunch in the sunny spot in the middle of the falls. 6.8mi — 3h 30m
Jun 3, 2019
Derek Bouchard
Overnight trip, went to Copper lake. Trail up to Trout Lake was dry, with several rocky sections that were easy to navigate. Trout Lake was fantast… 4mi — 4h 00m
Oct 20, 2018
Baptiste Journaux
Oct 6, 2018
Karl W