Day Hike - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek


Day Hike - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

This is an attractive and fairly strenuous hike of over 8 miles round trip and 2,300 f gain to reach Upper Granite Lake. In 2017 an enlarged trailhead and paved road gave a once remote trail easier access. A well constructed trail immersed in mountain rainforest ascends alongside Granite Creek. The route opens up closer to the Upper Lake for some nice views on a clear day.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: 2 MPH average moving speed

Meet at 9:00 am the Granite Creek Trailhead ready to hike. This is approximately 6 miles from the I-90 exit 31 for North Bend

Directions to meeting place will be emailed to all participants as soon as registration closes on Oct. 7.

Our plan is to hike together as a group to reach Upper Granite Lake along an interesting winding trail with views on the way and return safe.

The hike will be taken at a moderate average pace (av. 2 mph). A good level of fitness and stamina is required as the trip will be over 8 miles long round trip and approximately 2,300 ft gain.

Please contact the leader before registering if you have not recently done a recent hike of this standard and have any doubt about your fitness and stamina to keep up. Also, if you are a fast hiker and feel 2 mph with several stops along the trail is going to be insufficient of a work-out for you please consider if this is a good trip for you! 


All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.

Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow hikers, the leader asks that you only carpool to the trailhead with other members of your household registered for the same trip.  

All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff), hand sanitizer and a backpack containing the 10 essentials. Where ever possible all group member will maintain the 6ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the trailhead.

Full trip details will be emailed as soon as the trip closes on Oct. 7. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:

Chris Ensor 


Granite Creek Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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