Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

An easy, 4 mile hike with 500 ft in elevation gain to a moderate or an 11-14 mile hike with 1,500 feet of elevation gain. A walk through old growth forest in a pretty river valley with scenic bridges crossings in the Norse Peak Wilderness. The route is open to horses.

Getting There

From SR-410 near Greewater, drive Forest Road 70 to the Greenwater Lakes Trailhead.

on the trail

greenwater lakes

4 miles round trip, 500 feet of elevation gain, 2,900 ft high point

Hike the Greenwater Lakes Trail (No. 1176) 2 miles to Greenwater Lakes. This is a nice easy day hike through old growth forest along the Greenwater River.

lost lake

11 miles round trip, 1,500 feet of elevation gain, 4,000 ft high point

From Greenwater Lakes hike 1.2 miles to the junction with the Lost Lake Trail (No. 1185) which crosses the river, switchbacks up the hillside and climbs up the Lost Creek valley.  Pass the small Quinn lake is passed about 2.4 miles from thee junction, and reach Lost Lake 2.6 mile from the junction.

Echo Lake

14 miles round trip, 1,800 feet of elevation gain, 4,100 ft high point

From Greenwater Lakes hike 1.2 miles to the junction with the Lost Lake Trail (No. 1185). Continue on the Greenwater Lakes Trail (No. 1176) to Echo Lake.

Information FOr leaders

Permits

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,550 ft
  • 4,000 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Lester No. 239
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backpacking Adventure Camp - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Backpacking
3-day backpack near Chinook pass and Mt. Rainier.
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Tue, Jul 5, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Jul 3
Seattle Branch

Backpacking Adventure Camp - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Backpacking
3-day backpack near Chinook pass and Mt. Rainier.
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Wed, Jul 6, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Jul 4
Seattle Branch

Backpacking Adventure Camp - Greenwater, Echo & Lost Lakes

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Backpacking
3-day backpack near Chinook pass and Mt. Rainier.
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Thu, Jul 7, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Jul 5
Seattle Branch

Overnight Backpack Field Trip - Greenwater Lakes

Backpacking Field trip: Backpacking with Kids
This two night easy backpack to just above the Greenwater Lakes makes for a nice
Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
Sun, Aug 7, 2022 - Tue, Aug 9, 2022
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Aug 6
Foothills Branch

Backpack - Greenwater & Lost Lakes

Backpacking Trip
Preference to Tacoma Branch Introduction to Backpacking Students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers based
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 - Sat, Aug 13, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 1 leader
Registration closes Aug 10
Tacoma Branch

CHS Tacoma August Hikes - Greenwater & Echo Lakes

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Aug 14, 2022
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration opens Jul 15
Tacoma Branch
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  • Greenwater Lakes
  • Greenwater & Echo Lakes
  • Greenwater & Lost Lakes
  • Greenwater, Lost, & Echo Lakes Loop
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