The road to the Independence Lake/North Lake trail was closed a few years ago due to washouts. The road has now been fixed but the trail has not received much maintenance since before the closure. We are going in to repair any damage that has occurred and work on improving the general condition of the trail. This will include tread repair, drainage, brushing, rock work and possibly some logout. The trail begins as an easy hike to Independence Lake and then ascends steeply up and over a ridge to remote North Lake.
This is an easy trail for beginners and small children. It has plenty of nice trees, and an attractive lake at 3/4 mile. In another 2 1/2 miles the trail reaches North Lake. Icy cold even in the summer, it is a nice place to dip your feet in, although the trail does not continue around the lake. You'll have to boulder and bushwack down. There are incredible views of Big Four Mountain, Monte Cristo Peaks and the Stillaguamish River valley as you drive up to the lake.
GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head