CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Greider Lakes

CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,035 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph

We will meet at the trailhead at 8 am.  Drive from Seattle is between 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive. 

Directions: From Everett, take Highway 2 east to Sultan. Turn left at the traffic light east of town past milepost 23 onto Sultan Basin Road. Follow this road for just over 13 miles.

At 13 miles is a turnout to your right, with a kiosk. Stop here to sign in and get your free permit for parking. The paper you sign asks you to acknowledge that you understand the rules and regulations for visiting Sultan Basin, which is Everett's public water supply. Please read it carefully before signing and continuing on.

Straight ahead, the road forks. Take a right onto Forest Road 61, following signs to Greider Lakes. In 7.1 miles, you will reach the trailhead. Privy available.

Google map from Greenlake. 

Green Lake, Seattle, WA to Spada Lake / Greider Lakes Trailhead - Google Maps

Hopefully we will have good weather for some great views. I'll send an email out about the trip about a week in advance. Hopefully we will have a good idea at that time. There a tree blowdowns on parts of the trail. 

Notes from WTA: 

This trailhead is located in the Sultan Basin Watershed, within the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area, managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. This is a special designation to protect ecologically significant areas.

You'll drive right up to the shores of Spada Lake and traverse two flat miles to reach the old trailhead. Once you reach the old trailhead, the climb begins. You'll be huffin' and puffin' as you conquer 40 switchbacks, gaining over 1,000 feet in 1.5 miles. The trail is rough, too — be sure to have good boots or hiking poles to help with the ascent (and descent, too). 

The trail evens out after the fortieth switchback and you'll be minutes away from the shores of Little Greider Lake. Big Greider Lake is less than a quarter mile beyond that. Make sure to pack a hearty lunch; you'll be needing some replenishment.

The edge of Big Greider Lake is an ideal lunch location, replete with a stunning view of exposed cliffs and jagged peaks across the lake.

WTA Pro Tip: Before starting your hike, be sure stop at the information kiosk, found 13 miles from the turnoff of Highway 2, in a turnout to your right. Hikers are asked to acknowledge that they understand the rules and regulations for visiting Sultan Basin, which is Everett's public water supply. These include no swimming in the lake, and appropriate disposal of waste. 



Greider Lakes

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)
  11. Masks for carpooling 
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