Granite Lakes (winter)

A strenuous snowshoe trip of 11 miles and 2,300 feet of elevation gain, off the Middle Fork Road. This route climbs steadily, leading to two alpine lakes in a north-facing bowl.

driving directions

Take Exit 34 off of I-90 and head north on SE 168th Ave.  Turn right on SE Middle Fork Road and continue about 3 miles to the Granite Lakes trailhead (800 ft) and less than 0.5 mile beyond the Mailbox Peak trailhead.

snowshoe route

Follow the Granite Lakes Trail, an old logging road recently converted to a trail, to the lakes basin. Continue on a short cross-country route to upper Granite Lake. Since this route has a low-elevation trailhead (800 ft), you'll often hike on trail a bit before reaching the snowline.


  • A shorter, steeper, trip can be done by following a trail (not shown on Green Trails or USGS maps) that ascends the ridge from the bridge about a mile northeast of the trailhead, to intersect the main trail at 1,700 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • 3,100 ft
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
  • USGS Chester Morse Lake
  • USGS Bandera
  • Red Marker
    47.469885, -121.668777
    47.4698847691 -121.668777466
  • Red Marker
    47.450856, -121.611465
    47.4508563 -121.611465

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