Surprise and Glacier Lakes

Scenic, Washington 98288

Surprise and Glacier Lakes

Surprise and Glacier Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"The cool forest trail and the lakes at trail’s end are the ideal recipe for a happy-dog hike. The shaded woodland trail keeps the pooch cool and hydrated, while the meadow-lined lakes at the end of the path provide a place to swim, scamper, and play. Human hikers will enjoy this route, too. The deep, mossy forest is cool and refreshing, and a pair of clear lakes at the base of a pair of jagged peaks provide stunning visual joy at trail’s end."

Surprise and Glacier Lakes Reviews

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great hike. even with lots of people and highway noise the views are great. and the waterfall "secret canyons" are amazing.
Beautiful views, great for a variety of hikers - kids, dogs, etc. Great for out of towners too.
This is a very nice trail with a broad, pine needle covered path and built in stairs in places too. The hike takes you right up to the river and then as it climbs you look over at the waterfalls or down at the river. It has protection from wind and rain, as it meanders through the forest, but there is a lot of light, even on an overcast day. Those with young kids could stop at the first waterfall overlook, which is reached by a descending staircase. We turned around at the iron goat trail, but this connects up with a lot of other trails. If you plan your transportation accordingly you can make it a long one way hike or multi-day hike. It wasn't particularly crowded on the first weekend in May 08.
This is a nice trail choice if you don't want to get too far off the beaten path. The trail winds along the river as well as climbing up to several nice vantage points. There are waterfall views and a scenic look up toward snowcapped peaks. This trail is dog-friendly, and there were plenty of kids and families on the trail.
Very nice trail, well maintained, old forest, great views of river and waterfall. it is a little more than a walk, almost a hike but anyone who is not completely out of shape should be able to do it. our 3rd old enjoyed playing with stones and the water, she liked all the small creeks along the way and overall we had a really good time. Also, you get to see what a rain forest at the foot of the cascades looks like.
This was a really cool little hike. The path was wide enough to walk side by side for a while and the forest was amazing. Be sure to walk down the 104 steps off to your right at around 1 mile in and keep your eyes down until you get to the end. Then, look up and to your left. Gorgeous. Go back up the steps and continue until you get to the bridge over the river. Linger here. It is very peaceful. You can continue on until you get to a couple of benches that offer a long view of some smaller falls. Nice place to get to, because all of the kids and tours stop at the bridge. If you keep going, you will meet up with another trail, but there is no point. This was a really nice, short day walk. Crowded, though, so don't expect solitude.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours (day hike or backpacking trip)
Mid-July through early October
Wenatchee National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
Local Maps