Greenwater Lakes Trail

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7.9 km
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150 m
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Greenwater Lakes Trail is a heavily trafficked trail that is rated as easy. This route only involves 150 m of elevation gain, making it a breeze for beginners and quite kid-friendly. There are old-growth trees, streams, and marsh to enjoy. While you won’t be seeing big mountain views, you’ll love the ambiance here.

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Route Description for Greenwater Lakes Trail

With everything that a little walk in the woods could offer, the Greenwater Lakes Trail is a pleasant outing for hikers of most ages and ability levels. Hiking to two lakes, you’ll enjoy the forest in all its glory on the way. Note that the signage isn’t great, so you may want to download the route ahead of time. Give horses the right of way on this trail.

Begins from the parking area, heading south on the Greenwater Lakes Trail. Hiking alongside Meadow Creek, enjoy the vibrant forest on a mostly flat trail.

All the log bridges except one are in good condition. The bridge over the Meadow Creek 4.0 km from the trailhead (at the southeast end of the lakes) was washed away several years ago and hasn't been replaced. There is a primitive rope set up that you can try to cross with. If you don’t want to cross here, there is a horse crossing that you can use, but you will have to wade. If wading isn’t in the cards, don’t worry, this is essentially the end of the trail and you won’t miss too much by skipping it.

Turn around and retrace your steps to the parking area once you’re ready.

Getting to the Greenwater Lakes Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for the Greenwater Lakes Trail is at the end of National Forest Development Road 7033 off NF 70.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Greenwater Lakes Backcountry

  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


  • Route Signage


  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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