Bertha May and Granite Lakes Trail

Ashford, Washington

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Three woodland lakes along a short forest trail are good choices for Scout groups or families with young and inexperienced hikers. Children can swim in all three, but shorelines are soft and muddy in the first two. An easy ¼ mile leads to Pothole Lake, a poor name for a lake large enough for several campsites and for a sizable outlet stream. Climb steeply ½ mile through big old hemlocks to Bertha May Lake. Long and narrow, her shore lined with driftwood and blueberries, Bertha May has good campsites. Too bad that many hikers visiting this lake don’t think to carry out their own garbage.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Three woodland lakes along a short forest trail are good choices for Scout groups or families with young and inexperienced hikers. Children can swim in all three, but shorelines are soft and muddy in the first two.

An easy ¼ mile leads to Pothole Lake, a poor name for a lake large enough for several campsites and for a sizable outlet stream. Climb steeply ½ mile through big old hemlocks to Bertha May Lake. Long and narrow, her shore lined with driftwood and blueberries, Bertha May has good campsites. Too bad that many hikers visiting this lake
don’t think to carry out their own garbage.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,200 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Packwood Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 301 Randle; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Driving Directions: Directions to Bertha May and Granite Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/17/2010
0

Yo do turn right and go up a long way must have a truck to get to the trail head you can also get to these lake via the cora lake trail


4/21/2010
0

The "how to get there" section of the guide for this is inaccurate. You don't turn right at 6.5 miles. You turn right at High Rock Lookout road FR 84 at a little over the 4 mile mark on FR52. Due to this misinformation I wasnt actually able to hike this trail. Very soon though, I will be headed that way. After that I have a different review.



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