Greenwater Lakes Trail

#24 of 294 trails in Snoqualmie National Forest

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Greenwater Lakes Trail is a 4 mile trail located near Greenwater, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

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Nikki B. (814)

Great hike for kids nice and easy with lots of things to keep kids interested. Easy access to the lake to hang out and a couple of good camping sites.

Laura Drennen (75)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail just outside of Green water. Nice hike for kids. We do it 1-2x per year. Lake is always pretty & there are lots of little wooden walk ways & a few bridges.

Todd Thomas (98)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike for kids. Hiked to Greenwater lake with 3 boys ages 11 & 13 and stayed over night. Bugs were manageable and the lake access was good. Would definitely recommend this hike for small kids and first timers.

Kevin J. (171)

Heather Plyler (48)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike! We didn't realize when we went it was 4 miles in and 4 miles back. Our fault! We had planned to only do a short hike because we had out three kids (ages 12, 6, & 4) and our 10month old pup. They all did great!!! Made it there, had a picnic, did a little fishing, and made it back to the car!!! Our only mistake...better shoes! The trail tends to get pretty muddy and slippery in place, mostly from the horses.

James Endicott (338)

4 Completed3 Reviews

Our very first official hiking trip. We were looking for a trip that would give us a good idea of what to expect without being so difficult that it scared us from future trips. This is a great "warm up" for the season. The majority of this hike is in the canopy so it was a bit colder than expected since the sun couldn't break through. Once we came through to the lake and were able to sit down and enjoy the sun and lake, it was worth the cold.

The sights are nothing awe inspiring, but nonetheless very beautiful.

Highly recommend this easy hike for kids and as a beginning hike.

Devin Andrews (1249)

28 Completed24 Reviews

It was definitely an easy hike. It was a bit rainy and the ground was saturated but i had a great time with friends getting to the lakes anyways. The bridge is washed out after the second Green Lake so a short scale of the rocks to the left of where the bridge used to be and you can tip toe across the many fallen trees to get to the other side to continue to Echo Lake, which is much steeper (and much more snow this time of year). A great day hike with the family can be had here. Make sure you have the Northwest Forest Pass handy as they require you to have one when you park at the trailhead. Bathrooms are provided there as well before you depart.

chu lee (43)

1 Completed1 Reviews

easy with family and water and lake
just right

Tuan Nguyen (1597)

37 Completed34 Reviews

Got lucky as the morning weather was awesome, plenty of sun and a great trek along beautiful tree paths and the sun shown while we were at Greenwater Lake. Would be a great place to camp out.

Christopher Carrigan (251)

6 Completed6 Reviews

I have hike to the Greenwater lakes many times. I used to camp next to the river just before the vehicle bridge. Its hit or miss on getting a car site plus there can be a lot of crazy up there. I would recommend camping at the lakes as hikers tend to be better neighbors. I have done it with small children and dogs. If you want a little more you can continue to Echo Lake. There are only a few camp areas and they aren't very large. The hike is pretty easy and beautiful. There are also horse on this trail. If there are a lot they make mud pits and you have to watch for poo.