Greenwater Lakes Hike

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This has always been one of our favorite hikes.

The trailhead is an easy 20-minute drive from here up a paved (!) Forest Service road (FS 70).  The hike is great for all ages and we’ve had guests as young as 3 go on it.  The first lake is just 1 1/2 miles each way, and the upper lake is a 1/2 mile further each way. 

The first part of the trail goes through the forest and is nice and flat.  You’ll then start to wind back and forth across the Greenwater River and cross a series of log bridges.  Make sure to look at the huge cliffs across the way!  You’re rewarded with two beautiful lakes surrounded by peaks.  We especially love to take a picnic lunch with us and go to the far side of the lake.  People actually swim in the lake but it’s cold—and we’ve heard that many people have caught trout there.  (Live bait and permits are available at the Greenwater General Store.) 

We went on a sunny day a few weeks ago and it was perfect, although this trail is actually even good if it’s misty since you’re protected by trees most of the way. Hope you enjoy.