Follow an old roadbed a mile through a stand of young trees before entering an old-growth hemlock forest. At approximately 1.7 miles you will reach a junction, with the left fork leading to Beaver Plant Lake, a sensitive wetland of sphagnum bog and peat. The right fork continues past the junction with the abandoned and unmaintained Bald Mountain Trail to Upper Ashland Lake and Lower Ashland Lake; larger and deeper lakes are found at the headwaters of Wilson Creek. Campsites without toilets are near these lakes. Past lower Ashland Lakes the trail is washed out and becomes difficult and hazardous with cliffs below. The boardwalks can be slippery when wet. Please stay on the boardwalk to protect the sensitive shoreline vegetation and camp only in designated sites.
The Ashland Lakes are within the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area and managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to protect high-quality wetlands, fragile subalpine meadows, sensitive plant communities and habitat for threatened, endangered and rare wildlife species.
For more information about the conservation area, see the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
WTA hiking guide - trip reports
At a Glance
From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA), travel east on the Mt. Loop Highway for 4.5 miles. Turn right on the Schweitzer Creek Road 4020. Continue 2.3 miles to the Bear Lake Road 4021 and follow this road for 1.5 miles to the junction with Road 4021016. Turn left and follow this road to end. You must walk approximately 1 mile on the abandoned road to the trailhead on your left at the Y.
Darrington Ranger District
Green Trails: Silverton 110