West Fork Foss River to Foss Lakes

Skykomish, Washington

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A popular trail linking a group of alpine lakes above the West Fork Foss River. West Fork Foss River Trail is popularly known as Foss Lakes Trail, since it leads to five alpine lakes set among the granite ridges and peaks above West Fork Foss River. Whatever you call it, this is a popular hike, at least as far as Copper Lake. The crowds seem to thin exponentially as the views expand the farther up the trail you go. Too bad for those who stop at Trout or Copper Lakes; each lake in succession is more lovely than the last. Pity even those who stop at trail’s end; there are many wild lakes beyond Big Heart Lake.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A popular trail linking a group of alpine lakes above the West Fork Foss River. West Fork Foss River Trail is popularly known as Foss Lakes Trail, since it leads to five alpine lakes set among the granite ridges and peaks above West Fork Foss River.

Whatever you call it, this is a popular hike, at least as far as Copper Lake. The crowds seem to thin exponentially as the views expand the farther up the trail you go. Too bad for those who stop at Trout or Copper Lakes; each lake in succession is more lovely than the last. Pity even those who stop at trail’s end; there are many wild lakes beyond Big Heart Lake.

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 13.6
Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 4,900 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Big Snow Mountain; Green Trails 175 (Skykomish)
Driving Directions: Directions to West Fork Foss River to Foss Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2009
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This trip takes it out of you; there is a lot of incline. I ran into about 6-7 other groups of people as it seems to be a pretty popular trail for a day hike. Depending on your hiking speed you can make it to big heart in a day, but you'll be traveling fast. There are a lot of view points and wild flowers along the way to keep in interesting. Just remember to travel light.


9/29/2005
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This is an amazing trail on a cool day. The trail starts out as a gentle river bed trail and then begins to ascend and ascend up seemingly endless switchbacks. But, they are beautiful - a roaring waterfall to accomany you and gold and red arched maple vines encourage you to keep going. Don't miss Lake Malachite - because it's easy to! A small wooden sign sends you up a .3 mile heckofa climb to one of the most beautiful lakes I've seen in my life. This was possibly my tenth trip to this lake, and I know it will be a sad year that I don't make the climb to Lake Malachite.



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