The Skykomish Valley offers a large variety of hiking trails for all skill levels. Whether you’re after a brisk day hike or an overnight the Skykomish Valley is the perfect destination. All trails are accessible along SR2. Check with the Forest Service for the latest updates on accessibility and trail conditions. Remember to carry a map, pack out your litter. Help us keep the Skykomish Valley a pristine destination for adventurers from all over!
Click Trail Name for More Info from the Washington Trails Association
Lake Josephine Trail
4.5 miles and a climb of 1200 feet followed by descent to 200.
The trail allows access to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area where overnight camping is available.
Surprise Lake/Thunder Mountain Trail
Four mile trail gradually climbs about 2300 feet to the lake at the foot of Thunder Mountain. About one mile further is Glacier Lake and the trail continues to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.
Necklace Valley (Off Foss River Road)
3.6 mile trip up 2300 feet takes you past Trout Lake to Lake Malachite and beuond. 3.3 more miles take you up another 800 feet and past several other sub-alpine lakes to Big Heart Lake. Not an easy hike but well worth the work.
Lake Dorothy Trail (end of Miller River Road)
A nice two mile hike takes you up to 800 feet to the lake. It’s a great hike for all ages and abilities. From there the trail leads further along Lake Dorothy and climbs higher into the Cascades.
Barclay Lake Trail/Lake Serene
The trail rises gradually to a height of 400 feet in 1.5 miles making it an ideal hike for young children. From the end of the lake, you can continue up a more rigorous 1.7 miles and 1400 more feet to Eagle Lake below Merchant Peak.
Bridal Veil Falls/Lake Serene
The trail begins by following an old logging road. Stay right at the fork, continue for one mile to nrely constructed portion of trail. Begin a series of switchbacks and steps climbing toward beautiful Lake Serene. Follow signs for a side trip to Bridal Veil Falls, or continue to the lake. The area is day use only and no campfires allowed.
The trail climbs immediately from then trailhead up 37 switchbacks, gaining 2700 feet in elevation in three miles. From ridge, the trail winds through grassy sub-alpine meadows until reaching Virgin Lake. The trail then descends 500 feet to Blanca Lake. The lake is a spectacular green color due to glacieal till from Columbia Glacier which can be seen.
Isabell Falls (Northwest Waterfall Survey)
Three mile hike up 200 feet to Lake Isabell. A trail full of variety with great fishing in the lake.
Eagle Lake Fisherman’s Trail
This is a much easier and more pleasant way to get to scenic Eagle Lake compared to the standard steep scramble up from Barclay Lake.
Starting in a second-growth forest, the trail enters a pleasant, open old growth forest. The tread is in good shape, easy to follow and only totals about 400 feet in elevation gain. Depending on the time of year you go, Paradise Meadow can be muddy.
There are two large campsites at the Eagle Lake outlet and an old cabin at the southeast edge of the lake.
You also have the option of scrambling up Mount Townsend from the lake.
Wide Skykomish Valley and Hiker Photo by terrabellastudios
Mountain Photo by Loco Steve
Foggy View Photo by pfly