Bear Lake Trail 703


Bear Lake is a short third of a mile hike from the road and is a good destination for beginning backpackers. This popular lake is entirely surrounded by forest but only offers fair fishing for the angler. 

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: The Bear Lake area has suffered from the effects of heavy use over the years. Please help by:
  • Camping at least 100 feet away from shore.
  • Using a backpacking stove since firewood is scarce in the area and cutting live trees is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Granite Falls, Washington
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), travel east on the Mt. Loop Highway 4.5 miles. Turn right (south) on the Schweitzer Creek Road (Forest Service road 4020). Continue 2.3 miles to the Bear Lake Road (Forest Service road 4021) and continue for 3.4 miles to the trailhead.

General Notes:

Map: Green Trails: Silverton #110

General Notes:


  • Green Trails: Silverton #110

General Notes:


  • Darrington Ranger District
  • Green Trails: Silverton 110, Granite Falls 109 

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  Elevation : 
2,650 feet - 2,775 feet