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Back into the Thick of It: Hiking Greenwater Lakes Trail 1176


In the Seattle and Puget Sound area, our cold winter weather is nowhere to be seen. Our snow pack in the mountains is low so most likely we will have a drought in the Puget Sound area. However, this has allowed us to do some great little hikes we usually wouldn’t do this time of year.

This past Saturday, I went with Boy Scout Troop 480 to the Greenwater Lakes off of Highway 410. These lakes are a little outside the town of Greenwater, Washington. The hike to the Greenwater Lakes is a flat hike of about two miles with an elevation gain of maybe 800-1000 feet. We logged in a total of 7 miles round trip after we hiked past the Greenwater Lakes, had lunch, and back to the car.  Trail is fairly dry but there are mud patches. 

Troop 480 Greenwater Lakes crew!



With an earlier start and a longer day, Echo Lake is a doable day hike.



One of the five bridges we crossed.



Who needs a sandwich? We have a hot lunch!



The best water is from the middle of the stream!



We used our water filters to get some mountain fresh water from the river for lunch. As you can see from the photos, we cooked up some Mountain House meals for a hot lunch on a cool, winter day.

Access to the trailhead is along paved Forest Service roads.  I estimate 10 miles out of Greenwater. You will need to pay a day use fee or have a Northwest Forest Pass to park in the parking lot.

Thanks for reading!

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2 responses to “Back into the Thick of It: Hiking Greenwater Lakes Trail 1176

  1. allthoughtswork March 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Nice, but why is this tagged “Humor?”

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