Greenwater Lakes and Echo Lake

Lester, Washington

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Lush old-growth forest; dark, mysterious forest lakes; and a wonderful chance to meet and see wildlife await hikers here. The trail sticks to a deeply forested river valley where it passes a wonderfully clear, cool lake with many fine campsites and good fishing opportunities. Dogs will love the cool forest and soft, duff-rich trail tread. But for all that, few people (or dogs) visit, perhaps because the trail doesn’t offer sweeping panoramas. The distant views may be missing, but the routes are remarkably scenic and solitude is a high probability.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Lush old-growth forest; dark, mysterious forest lakes; and a wonderful chance to meet and see wildlife await hikers here. The trail sticks to a deeply forested river valley where it passes a wonderfully clear, cool lake with many fine campsites and good fishing opportunities.

Dogs will love the cool forest and soft, duff-rich trail tread. But for all that, few people (or dogs) visit, perhaps because the trail doesn’t offer sweeping panoramas. The distant views may be missing, but the routes are remarkably scenic and solitude is a high probability.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lester
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 hours (day hike or backpacking trip)
Season: June through early November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Lester No. 239
Driving Directions: Directions to Greenwater Lakes and Echo Lake

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Apr 2018