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    Glacier Lake Trail

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    7.4 km
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    394 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Glacier Lake Trail is a 74.0 km out and back hike in Gifford Pinchot National Forest that takes you to a pretty lake surrounded by trees. This hike is especially enjoyable in the fall when the leaves begin to change color. Although it’s a short hike, you’ll want to be prepared for a steep climb. Expect moderate traffic on this hike.

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    Route Description for Glacier Lake Trail

    The hike to Glacier Lake is steep, but it’s fairly short and boasts great scenery. The hike takes you through a scenic forest that’s especially charming in the autumn. This hike might not seem like much of a challenge on paper, but sections are quite steep. Poles may be helpful.

    Begin from the trailhead, taking the old Forest Road 2110 through two switchbacks. Watch for the Glacier Peak Trail where it splits off to your right on the curve of the second switchback. The trail undulates to start, taking you along Glacier Creek. Then, the climbing begins up to the lake.

    At the lakeshore, enjoy the views and catch your breath. To get back to the trailhead, you’ll descend the same way you came up.

    Getting to the Glacier Lake Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Glacier Lake Trail is off Johnson Creek Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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