Ashland Lakes

An easy 5.5 mile hike with 800 feet of elevation gain. Surrounded by sphagnum bogs and primeval forest tucked in a quiet corner behind the bustling Mount Pilchuck, Ashland Lakes are the showpiece to the Washington State DNR's Morning Star Natural Resource Conservation Area.

Temporary Closure

Effective 5/15/23 through July: The Darrington District of the Mt.-Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is preparing recreation sites for maintenance and construction by closing the trailheads, parking lots and trails in some areas along and near the Mountain Loop Highway. They will also be closing portions of roads in the area. FSR 4020 (Boardman Lake, Ashland Lakes, Pinnacle/Bear Lake road system) will be closed May 15 through July. View a map of the affected areas.

Getting There

From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 11 miles to the Verlot Public Service Center. Proceed 4.6 more miles, turning right onto Forest Road 4020 signed for Boardman Lake, Ashland Lakes, and Bear/Pinnacle Lakes. Follow this gravel road for 2.7 miles to a junction. Bear right onto Forest Road 4021 and continue 1.4 miles to another junction. Turn left onto Forest Road Spur 016, reaching the Ashland Lakes trailhead in 0.2 miles (2,550 ft).

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • 3,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Morningstar NRCA
  • Parking Permit Required: Discover Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Silverton No. 110
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

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