CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Thompson Lake

Hike to Thompson Lake via the Granite Creek trail. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

# 1 If you want to carpool from the Issaquah Park & Ride

We will meet at the Tibbett’s Park & Ride @ 6:35, leave for the Granite Creek/Thompson Lake trailhead by 6:45, arriving @ 7:15. We plan to start hiking around 7:30.

# 2 If you choose to drive directly to the TH,

We will meet you there at 7:15. You will need a Discover pass to park in the parking lot.

From  the WTA site:  47.4921, -121.6399

Directions to the Tibbett’s Park & Ride (Issaquah)

Take exit 15 (WA-900 W/17th Avenue NW) off I-90 eastbound. Take a right at the bottom of the ramp. Drive approximately ½ mile and turn left on Newport Way NW. Take the first right into the Tibbetts Valley Park & Ride. (Not the multi-level parking garage on your left.) Drive past the Skate park further into the parking lot.  

Directions to the Trailhead

Drive I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Ave SE and follow it 0.6 miles to the junction with SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right and follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.1 miles, until reaching a fork and staying right on Lake Dorothy Road. Pass the Granite Creek Connector trailhead 0.7 miles later, on your right. 2.2 miles farther, just before the bridge across the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, you will reach a driveway to your right, which leads to the Granite Creek trailhead. There is overflow parking along FR 56, opposite the trailhead. There is a pit style toilet at the TH.  A Discover pass is required.


Come hike to Lake Thompson via the Granite Creek Trail with us. Lake Thompson is one of many beautiful lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. The lower part of the trail is along Granite Creek. It is very pretty and the background thundering of water is a wonderful sensory experience.

We plan to stop for food at Rio Bravo in North Bend after the hike.

This is a CHS 2 hike and will be led at an overall pace of 2.0-2.5 mph.  Waterproof boots and poles are recommended due to creek crossings and steep sections.

Make sure to bring your rain jacket, your lunch and the rest of your 10 essentials.

WTA info:


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)
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