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Glacier Lake Trail #89

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (4)

This short trail through a valley filled with dense old growth travels to a lovely glacial lake.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Point to Point

2,949' 899 m

High

2,251' 686 m

Low

707' 216 m

Up

9' 3 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly Kids will love reaching the lake at the end of this trail.

This trail enters the Goat Rocks Wilderness so wilderness rules apply.

Need to Know

The road to the parking lot, as of July 2019, is washed out. There is a Forest Service Sign at the washout, where cars can park, and hikers can hike the half of the road up to the parking lot and trailhead.

Description

Five miles south of WA 12 on Forest Road 21, you'll see a small side road to the left numbered 2110. Take this road to the second switchback (about half a mile) where there is parking for perhaps five vehicles max.

The trailhead has a wilderness registry you should use and is clearly marked.

The trail itself begins by heading straight south for a fifth of a mile into the valley. It then turns east and descends to be level with the creek at the only point the trail actually meets the creek. It then continues east, entering huge old-growth forest and the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

After climbing through the dense forest with minimal views, you'll be rewarded by clear views over the beautiful lake from the old moraine. The trail continues down to the north (left) past a nice camping spot to the water's edge.

Flora & Fauna

Wild tiger lillies in late July, among beautiful old growth fir trees.

Contacts

Land Manager: USFS - Gifford Pinchot

Shared By:

Karl W with improvements by Starr Hullinger

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Photos

First view of the lake. The trail turns left (north) to get to the shore.
Jul 25, 2017 near Morton, WA
The beautiful old growth is easier to enjoy when getting carried.
Jul 25, 2017 near Morton, WA

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Mar 14, 2020
Lindsey Jackson
Snow and steep grades made this hike tricky and a lot slower-moving than expected. Decided to only do a mile & turn back. Will return later in spring. 2.5mi — 2h 30m
Jul 4, 2019
Starr Hullinger
Jun 27, 2017
Karl W