Granite Creek Trail


Day Hike - Granite Creek Trail

A lovely hike through the forest to a beautiful lake for a late breakfast.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.5mph

Time: We will be getting boots on the trail right after introductions at 7am in order to enjoy a late breakfast at the lake and hopefully avoid crowds.

To the Granite Creek trailhead: Note, the trailhead is past the popular Mailbox Peak trailhead.  From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Ave SE and follow it 0.6 miles to the junction with SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right and follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.1 miles, until reaching a fork. Stay to the right on Lake Dorothy Road, and pass the Granite Creek Connector trailhead 0.7 miles later, on your right. 2.2 miles farther, just before the bridge across the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, reach a driveway to your right, which leads to the Granite Creek trailhead. The trailhead has parking for 37 vehicles (2 disabled spaces). A privy and kiosk with a map are at the parking area. There is overflow parking along FR 56, opposite the trailhead, for 14 vehicles.

This is a lovely hike to beautiful Upper Granite Lake. We will be starting early enough and moving fast enough to enjoy a late breakfast by the lake (a fast breakfast if raining), ready with boots on the trail at 7am. While this is not a conditioning hike, we will be moving at a faster pace.

There are often creek crossings - and a bit of a rock hop over fairly deep water at the end, so waterproof boots and poles are highly recommended. This hike will happen rain or shine (and it is a particularly lovely hike if raining). 

I will include more details in my "Hello Hiker" email a few days before the trip. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at


Granite Creek Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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