Hike to Greenwater Lakes

    Rate this Adventure 4.5 miles 900 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by John Sunich

    An easy family friendly hike through an old growth forest provides a great destination to introduce kids to hiking. Along the hike there are some beautiful waterfalls as well as great views of the Greenwater River and ample opportunity to see wildlife.

    Following along the Greenwater River, family friendly Greenwater lakes Trail #1176 which has minimal elevation gain, winds through a lush green mossy old growth forest.  Along the trail you will cross over several log bridges and pass a couple of beautiful waterfalls.  At just under two miles into the hike you will come to Lower Greenwater Lake after crossing a well maintained wooden bridge that spans the outlet to the lake.

    Lower Greenwater Lake has some nice picnic spots around on the backside of the lake that are accessed by following a side trail that veers off to the right after crossing the footbridge on the inlet to the lower lake.  These picnic spots could be camped at as well but during peak season use that could be a challenge with the amount of traffic the area sees.

    Continuing on the main trail for another half a mile you will reach Upper Greenwater Lake.  During spring runoff accessing the deepest part of the upper lakes may be a challenge as the water level rises significantly and the river will potentially have continuous current all the way through the shallow lake system.  Regardless the upper lake provides beautiful views of the deep green water surrounded by beautiful forests.  Throughout the hike there is the potential to encounter, deer, elk, blackbear, waterfowl, eagles, osprey and many other species of wildlife common to the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

    Fishing in the lakes as well as the sections of the Greenwater River that connect the lakes can be decent for small rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.    For those that want to continue on to more solitude there is the option to continue on the same trail past the upper lake into Norse Peak Wilderness, Echo Lake, and Lost Lake.   

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    Dog Friendly
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    Waterfall
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