Greenwater Lakes Trail

#24 of 168 trails in Snoqualmie National Forest
Greenwater Lakes Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Greenwater, WA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until December. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles 662 feet Out & Back
dog friendly birding hiking nature trips horses forest lake views wild flowers
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From Seattle, east on I-90, south on I-405 and then south on Highway 169 to Enumclaw. In Enumclaw, S on Highway 410. 18.8 miles past mile marker 26 turn Left on FSR 70 for 9.7 miles. Right on FSR 7033 for 0.2 miles to trailhead.

Mason McCleary
21 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

The directions are off on the app, really you just take forest road 70 from 410 all the way up. Lots of signs at the top of the road. Great hike, awesome lake, highly recommend it.

Morgain Jenkins
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Shelbie Frounfelter-Webb
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was super fun. But with all the trees down from the previous storm it is definitely not kid friendly. There was a bridge that was almost completely sideways. I can't wait to go back and finish the hike and explore some more. It is definitely difficult to find. It took us going back and asking one of the locals how to get there. Was a great day though.

Grace Garlington
2 months ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

super gorgeous up to the bridge but unfortunately it was too dangerous to cross with a dog and 7 year old because it was leaning to the side. I hope it's fixed soon so we can go back and finish the rest of the hike... there were also a couple downed trees along the way and felt like a fun little obstacle course

Teri ZeBarth
7 months ago

19 Completed16 Reviews

Easy trail with lots of shade and plenty of bridges with a rewarding lake with little beaches as a reward. Dog friendly. Beautiful in the fall with all the colors changing.

trail treader
8 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Very beautiful easy trail.

Jamie D.
8 months ago

Parking can be a bit difficult on the weekends (especially when it's nice out) but I've had no trouble finding a spot mid-week.

Because it's heavily shaded, I recommend packing a sweatshirt! Definitely a great hike for beginners and very kid-friendly. Lots to see!

Lyla Oliver
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was a very good trail for us inexperienced hikers and our 8 y/o son and 11 y/o daughter. We hiked on a very hot day, but remained comfortable because the trail as almost all shaded. We arrived at the trailhead around 1pm and the lot was full.

Nikki B.
9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.
10 months ago

Heather Plyler
11 months ago

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
1 year ago

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
1 year ago

47 Completed32 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
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

easy with family and water and lake
just right

Tuan Nguyen
2 years ago

45 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
2 years ago

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.

Hailey Hinckley
2 years ago

17 Completed9 Reviews

Did this trail today with my wife and our dog. We went with the intention of going all the way to Echo Lake which ended up not happening because of our late start. The lakes are beautiful! We will for sure do this hike again so that we can make it all the way to Echo Lake.

Todd Rossi
2 years ago

54 Completed42 Reviews

Great day, high 70's low 80's. Trail was excellent, light traffic, and the lakes were pristine. Didn't go all the way to Echo lake only the lawyer two. A word of caution for those with the same idea I had. The inviting sandbar at the east end of the second lake is accessible but be prepared to wade through knee + deep mud on the way. Access via the creek may be a better option.