Bear Lake Trail
Bear Lake Trail is a 1.1 km heavily trafficked out-and-back trail in Mount Pilchuck State Park that is rated as easy. This trail is simple and straightforward, taking you to the shores of Bear Lake. You can swim, fish, have a picnic, or just relax here.
The road to the trailhead is in poor condition, so we recommend a high-clearance vehicle.
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Route Description for Bear Lake Trail
Bear Lake Trail is a short, easy hike to the shore of Bear Lake. There are a variety of activities on offer here, and the trip is easy enough that families and beginners should have no problem. The road to the trailhead is another story, though. Don’t be surprised if you need to park a ways away and walk in as the potholes are severe.
The trail begins on the west side of the road, just north of the creek crossing. You’ll hike nearly directly west, continuing straight at a junction with another trail. When you reach the lake, there is a small animal trail that leads around the shoreline, or you can just set up camp where you arrive at the lake.
When you’re ready, retrace your steps to the trailhead.
Getting to the Bear Lake Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Bear Lake Trail is on National Forest Development Road 4021 before the end of the road just past the creek crossing.
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