Echo and Greenwater Lakes

Snoqualmie, Washington 98068

Echo and Greenwater Lakes

Echo and Greenwater Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Explore the Norse Peak Wilderness on this hike through dense forest to placid mountain lakes.

From the trailhead the Greenwater Lakes Trail #1176 begins on a very wide, gentle path. The first 2 miles to Greenwater Lakes is almost entirely flat, helping to quickly pull you deeper into the forest. Expect to cross half a dozen bridges along the way, as the trail follows the path of least resistance up the river valley. Before long you’ll find yourself at the first of the Greenwater Lakes, which tends to feel a little more like a widening in the river than a true lake. A few campsites can be found here if you follow small side trails around the lake."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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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—Green-water—with good fishing. The route eventually reaches Echo Lake in a long 7 miles, but these miles fly by as you stride through the cool forest. Footsore hikers will love the soft, duff-rich trail tread, and Echo itself is a wonderful place to rest and relax before hiking back down the pretty trail. But for all that, few people visit, perhaps because the trail doesn’t offer sweeping panoramas. The distant views may be missing, but the route is remarkably scenic, and solitude is a high probability." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2.5-5 hours
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Snoqualmie Ranger District— Enumclaw Office, 450 Roosevelt Ave. E., Enumclaw, WA 98022; (360) 825-6585;
Local Contacts
USGS Noble Knob; Green Trails Map #239 (Lester)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018