North Lake Trail 712.1


Begin from Independence Lake Trail 712. At the northeast end of Independence Lake, the North Lake Trail goes up the hillside in a steep climb, switchbacking for a mile until you reach a ridge. Continue north with views for 0.5 miles and reach a second ridge with Glacier Peak and North Lake lying in a basin 700 feet below.

At this point either enjoy the view and turn homeward or descend to the lake with limited campsites. A backcountry toilet is available.

This trail does not become snow-free until midsummer. 

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Closest Towns: Granite Falls, Washington
Passes: federal recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment at the trailhead. 
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155 or Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

General Information


From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA), drive east along the Mt. Loop Highway 15.0 miles. Turn left (north) on Coal Lake Road (Forest Service road 4060) and continue for 4.8 miles to the Independence Lake trailhead.

General Notes:


  • Darrington Ranger District
  • Green Trails: Silverton 110

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  Area/Length : 
3.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
3,600 feet - 4,100 feet