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Snowshoe Hike: Granite Lakes

If you're looking for an avalanche-free snowshoe to mountain lakes with moderate elevation gain, Granite Lakes is the place to go. It's just a few miles outside of North Bend up the Middle Fork. I just learned yesterday for Tor in this hiking group that there is a new trail to Granite Lakes I would like to explore.

Distance: 11 miles roundtrip to upper lake
Elevation: Upper GraniteLake - 2300'
Maps: Green Trails Bandera No. 206

In the summer, the views are marred somewhat by the presence of recovering clearcuts. But in the winter, this just doesn't matter. The trail offers gradual elevation gain and on clear days views open up to Mt. Bessemer and others. If we make it to the lakes, we will be rewarded with views of nearby Mailbox Peak, Webb Mountain, and Mt. Defiance.

From the Meetup point at Sno Valley Coffee, we will carpool and caravan to the trailhead which is about a quarter mile up from the Mailbox Peak parking lot, or 15 minutes from Sno Valley Coffee.

Bring warm cloths, snow shoes, sun glasses, and your camera.

If it's a stormy day, this hike will be shortened.

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  • Derek

    Excellent day out in the snow. I'm not a bird expert, but I'm guessing the flock of little green birds we saw on the way up were these: http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/151/_/Huttons_Vireo.aspx

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. Thanks Brent for putting another great trip together.

    January 13, 2013

  • Mike G.

    Great group. Beautiful weather. Good discussions. Terrific outing. (nice photos too!)
    Brent, thanks for organizing / leading this event. Nice work!

    January 12, 2013

  • Juliet

    All around great snow shoe hike!!

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a blast. Thanks to Brent for organizing this snow shoe hike.

    January 12, 2013

  • Rich

    It was a fantastic snowshoe. Great group. Looking forward to the next time. thanks a lot!

    January 12, 2013

  • David K.

    Was a perfect day with some real cool people!!
    Thanks Brent

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Brent, It looks like I got moved off the waitlist at 5p yesterday, but I didn't check my e-mail until this morning. Would have loved to have made it. Sorry.

    January 12, 2013

  • Carla

    I thought I had successfully changed my "waitlist" to a "no" - only to discover today that I automatically turned into a "yes". I am very sorry about that. Not sure what went wrong.

    January 12, 2013

  • Amanda

    Brent, I'm so so sorry I didn't post this yesterday but once I got confirmed for the trip, I called around and REI was completely sold out on snowshoe rentals for the next week and I don't own any! This was going to be my first time trying it out... i hope you guys have a great time and once again I'm really sorry!

    January 12, 2013

  • David G

    I am now a last minute cancellation due to a worsening cold. Hope someone can enjoy the open spot. Have a great day everyone!

    January 11, 2013

  • Jen F

    Oh pleeeeez, oh pleeeez have a waitlist...

    October 28, 2012

    • Darlene Cash D.

      Jen do you still want to go? I just got back from vacation and realized that I am on the list to go lol!

      January 11, 2013

  • Rich

    For those of us who are still on the wait list, I assume a few of us can group together as a small group and do the same trail. Is there a lass required?

    January 9, 2013

    • David K.

      Looks like I made it as well, guess being persistent pays off (-:
      C everybody @ 8:00

      January 11, 2013

    • Rich

      No. Looks like 8am and looking forward to seeing everyone then!

      January 11, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Anyone interested in carpooling? I'm in the canyon park area and am happy to pitch in for gas.

    January 11, 2013

  • Brent D.

    Hi Rich,
    A Discover Pass is required at the trailhead.

    January 9, 2013

  • Brent D.

    Good news for the folks on the Wait List. I have some volunteers to help me organize. I'm going to double the group size. People on the Wait List the longest get moved up first. If you cannot make the hike, please change your RSVP to Not Going. It's important with so many hikers waiting.

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Brent D.

    Thanks Jewel. Second and even third organizers are welcome. Even a few volunteers to help me keep track of everyone is enough for me to open this hike up to many more people. At the end of the day, I want to make sure everyone comes home safe and happy.

    January 6, 2013

    • Alexandra

      Im happy to help but don't know the trail so can't really lead.

      January 7, 2013

    • Mike G.

      Willing to help out with the Saturday snowshoe. Have not been to this location so would rather not lead this one.

      January 7, 2013

  • Jewel

    Any chance someone could lead a second group since we have so many on the waitlist? If you are up for leading a group let me know and i will make youyou and event organizer and get a second on on the calendar. [masked]

    January 5, 2013

    • Rich

      I do not mind leading however I'm not sure about the requirements. I'm an active snowshoer but do not know this trail (trail head or route). I also only have a 2DR Coupe. Are there permits required?

      January 6, 2013

  • Jennifer S.

    Hi, could I get a ride from Seattle (I live by the main REI)? I will pay for gas. Also, I believe the trailhead requires a Discover pass -- I'll grab one if my driver doesn't already have one.

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • Carla

    In Seattle for one weekend - would love to get out into the mountains. Would be up for anything similar (read avalanche-free) either Saturday and/or Sunday. I'm not an organizer (and not a local) so I cannot offer to officially lead a group but would be willing to. So, anybody interested in a second group, or duplicate on Sunday or an other trip??

    1 · December 6, 2012

  • Brent D.

    Any Organizers like to lead a second group?

    October 29, 2012

  • Brent D.

    There will not be enough snow until at least mid- to late-December. Confirmed on the 2013 date for this hike. It's not as far away as it sounds.

    October 28, 2012

  • Connie

    Is the date correct? For next year, 2013!?!?

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. If someone cancels will the hike be opened up to more RSVP? I got a request to join this morning, which I immediately did, and got to the page and it said it was full....huh?

    October 28, 2012

    • Scott

      I think it's first come first serve when someone drops.

      October 28, 2012

  • Betsy L.

    Hey Brent - I second that, if you add a wait list I would love to be on it.

    October 28, 2012

  • Ashley

    Hey Brent, I agree, I would wait list for this but that doesn't seem to be an option at least from mobile site.

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with Andrea... sounds like a big demand... start a second invite? :)

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    wow that filled up fast.....

    October 28, 2012

  • Shalima D.

    Can there be a wait list?

    October 28, 2012

  • Andrea

    Maybe we could start a new event that mirrors this to allow for more people to go? Or a second day? I would love to go!

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    wow. that filled up fast. Do you have a waiting list?

    October 28, 2012

  • Tatiana S.

    Please place me on a waiting list.

    October 28, 2012

  • sharik

    Pls put me and partner on the wait list too!

    October 28, 2012

  • Carole S

    I want to go and there is no waiting list!

    October 28, 2012

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