Granite Creek Trail

A moderate to very strenuous hike or snowshoe trip in mixed forests from the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River through the beautiful Granite Creek Valley to alpine lakes. Hikes range from 8.4 to 16 miles with elevation gain from 2,810 to 4,110 feet. Leave the trail early and follow the "Z" of Zorro Road to Zorro Point or scramble to Revolution Peak up the ridge from Thompson Lake.

getting there

Take Exit 34 off of I-90 and turn left onto 468th Ave SE. Drive 0.6 miles to the junction with SE Middle Fork Road, turn right, and drive SE Middle Fork Road 2.1 miles. Bear left at the fork onto Forest Road 56. In 2.9 miles, just before the bridge across the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, turn right into a driveway and into the Granite Creek trailhead (800 ft).

on the trail

Granite Lakes

a strenuous 8.4-mile round trip hike with 2,810 feet of elevation gain to a high point of 3,330 ft

Hike the Granite Creek Trail passing the Granite Creek Connector Trail junction in 1.5 miles (1,700 ft). Views of the flank of Mailbox open to the right at 2.8 miles from the trailhead. Continue up until reaching a second junction and fork in the trail, 3.5 miles from the trailhead (3070 ft). Take the right fork and hike 0.7 miles to Granite Lakes (3,330 ft).

thompson lake

a very strenuous 11.2-mile round trip hike with 4,110 feet of elevation gain to a high point of 4,290 ft

Hike the Granite Creek Trail passing the Granite Creek Connector Trail junction in 1.5 miles (1,700 ft). Views of the flank of Mailbox open to the right at 2.8 miles from the trailhead. Continue up until reaching a second junction and fork in the trail, 3.5 miles from the trailhead (3070 ft). Take the left fork and hike 2.1 miles to Thompson Lake (4,290 ft).

Zorro Point

16 miles round trip with 3,800 feet of elevation gain

Follow the Granite Creek Trail and at ~3 miles in turn left onto the former Zorro Road, from here it switchbacks in a big "Z." Continue up to Zorro Point also known as West Revolution Peak.

Revolution Peak

14 miles round trip with 5,000 feet of elevation gain, 5,454 ft high point

Follow the Granite Lakes Trail, eventually transitioning to an old logging road to Thompson Point, then continuing northeast along the ridge to Revolution Peak.  The ridge is narrow and very densely covered with vegetation in places, though there is generally a faint bootpath.

notes

  • For a more gentle start, begin at the Granite Creek Connector Trail, just past the Mailbox Peak Trailhead. It adds 2 miles round trip but no elevation gain.
  • Additional destinations from this trailhead are Zorro Point, Thompson Point, and Revolution Peak, but they are more challenging and Revolution Peak is a scramble.
  • Thru-hike from the Granite Creek Trailhead to the Ira Spring Trailhead via Thompson Lake with car shuttle or key exchange.  It's 13.6 miles one-way with 5,300 feet of elevation gain including side trip to summit of Mount Defiance (5,582 ft).

INFORMATION FOR LEADERS

permits

  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size. Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact Amanda Virbitsky at amandav@mountaineers.org with any additional questions.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,810 ft
  • 3,300 ft
  • Land Manager: Middle Fork NRCA
  • Parking Permit Required: Discover Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • USGS Bandera
Activities

Upcoming Activities



CHS 1 Hike - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
This road-turned-trail along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River passes through the beautiful Granite Creek Valley
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens May 27
Seattle Branch

CHS Tacoma September Hikes - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Sep 13, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Aug 15
Tacoma Branch
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Titles

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  • Granite Creek
  • Granite Lakes
  • Granite Lakes via Granite Creek
  • Granite & Thompson Lakes
  • Thompson Lake
  • Thompson Point
  • Thompson Point (Zorro Ridge)
  • Revolution Peak
  • Zorro Point
  • West Revolution Peak
  • Zorro Ridge
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