CHS 1 Hike - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

Explore the wilderness that lies beyond the Snoqualmie Pass ski areas on this pleasant out-and-back hike south along the PCT from Snoqualmie Pass, followed by lunch at Dru Bru.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,425 ft

7:00am at the  Issaquah Transit Center off SR-900.  (Not the one at Issaquah Highlands.)

Those who are comfortable carpooling are encouraged to do so.  Driving individually is OK too. 

This trip was rerouted from Windy Pass to Granite Lakes after a scouting trip by the leaders revealed difficult snow along the trail and an unsafe creek crossing.  Mileage and gain are for the final route.


The stretch of the PCT that connects Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass is beautiful, easy to get to, and not often visited.  The PCT goes right through the ski area so we  will start by doing that too.  Then we'll continue past Lodge Lake (a popular winter snowshoe destination and site of a former Mountaineers lodge), and keep going all the way to  the Windy Pass trailhead of the PCT at NF-9070, where we'll pause to  take in the views of Granite Mountain and other peaks of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. 

The ending point of our return hike is Dru Bru, where we'll have lunch.  (Yes, we will hike right up to our lunch spot!)


Granite Creek Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
Trip Reports