Island Lake

North Bend, Washington 98045

Island Lake

Island Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This moderate 10.6-mile round-trip backpack offers a sampling of the scenic, lake-dotted Alpine Lakes Wilderness. You’ll also have access to eleven lakes cupped in forest below rocky peaks. Island Lake makes a good base for further roaming in this accessible area, only an hour’s drive from Seattle.

In the southwestern corner of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the landscape is covered in heavy forest, and few peaks rise above timberline. Elevations are generally lower than in much of the rest of the wilderness, meaning that this lake-dotted region opens up for hiking earlier than many areas that remain snowbound until later in the season."

Island Lake Reviews

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The Island Lake trail head is inaccessible, so we went on to the Mason Lake trail head called Ira Spring No. 1038. This is a very steep climb rewarded by a beautiful lake. We camped at Mason Lake and explored Rainbow lakes and Island Lake the next day. Great day hiking, quite a few people and dogs. Camping was noisy and crowded. Views were spectacular.
Head's up -- as of July 1st 2007 this trail was CLOSED due to the significant land slides up the mountain. Instead we continued down the road (West) to the trail head to Mason Lake which I would recommend.

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Trail Information

North Bend
Nearby City
1,940 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 - 6 hours
Best from July through October
Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, North Bend Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Bandera
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018