Granite & Thompson Lakes

A strenuous to very strenuous hike in mixed forests from the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River through the beautiful Granite Creek Valley to alpine lakes. The hikes range from 8.4 to 11.2 miles with elevation gain from 2,810 to 4,110 feet.

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).

notes

  • Additional destinations from this trailhead are Thompson Point (Zorro Ridge) and Revolution Peak, but they are more challenging and Revolution Peak is a scramble.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,810 ft
  • 3,300 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • USGS Bandera
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Day Hike - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

Day Hiking Trip
Giving a once remote hikers paradise more access, a new trailhead was finalized last summer.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 leaders
Registration closed Jun 18
Foothills Branch
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Titles

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