This is an easy two- mile hike for all ages through lush moss-laden old-growth forest to Greenwater Lakes, also known as Meeker Lake. Continue five miles to Echo Lake and experience the Norse Peak Wilderness. For more adventurous hikers, travel another six miles up to Corral Pass for views of Norse Peak and the basin below.
To Greenwater and Echo Lake: Start in an old harvested area and travel along the Greenwater River through old growth timber with mossy cliffs, pockets of licorice ferns and seasonal wildflowers. As you hike watch for signs of deer and elk browsing through the valley. You will cross the Greenwater River multiple times before reaching the Lower Greenwater Lake at mile 1.7. Arrive at Upper Greenwater Lake at mile 2.2. Both lakes and the river offer fair fishing for anglers. Hikers wanting a longer route can continue up to Echo Lake or Corral Pass. Just above Upper Greenwater Lake enter the Norse Peak Wilderness. You will come to your first trail junction at mile 3.2 to Lost Lake Trail 1185 going south. Begin climbing steeply at mile 5 and through a few switchbacks up the valley wall. At mile 5.6 you will come to another trail junction leading to Maggie Creek Trail 1186, which goes east. Reach Echo Lake Basin at mile 6.6 and a spur trail to a campsite on the north end of the lake. Horseback riders will find a small horse camp on the south end of the lake with tent sites and hitch rails. The junction to Arch Rock Trail 1187 is on the south side of Echo Lake at mile 7.4 and goes east. Echo Lake is a beautiful spot to get a little rest and relaxation before heading back down the trail.
To Echo Lake and Corral Pass:After leaving Echo Lake follow the trail to Corral Pass. You will come to the junction with Hidden Lake Trail at mile 9.5 and go east. Begin a steep climb through old growth timber to the junction with Castle Mountain Trail 1188 at mile 10.8, which heads west. Continue to ascend through sub-alpine timber, reaching Corral Pass at mile 12.
Washington Trails Association
At a Glance
Greenwater Lakes Trailhead: Drive east on State Highway 410 from Enumclaw 20.3 miles to Greenwater Road #70. Then left (north) onto Road #70 and follow 9.6 miles to trail sign. Turn right onto Road #7033, the trailhead is on the right side of road after 0.5 mile.
Corral Pass Trailhead: Drive east on State Highway 410 from Enumclaw 31.6 miles to Corral Pass Road #7174. Turn left (east) onto Road #7174 and follow 6.7 miles to developed parking area just before Corral Pass campground.
Greenwater Road Trailhead Facilities: Paved parking area, 10 horse trailer parking, 20 vehicle parking spaces, and vault toilet.
Corral Pass Trailhead Facilities: Paved parking area, 10 horse trailer parking, 20 vehicle parking spaces, and vault toilet.