Mileage: 7 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 22ooft/4950ft
Map: Green Trails Silverton No 110
Favorite Eats After Hike:
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
4/2013 It was a long, windy forest road to the trailhead. The trail to Independence Lake is short but I was in search of North Lake which can be a bit confusing. You will come to a spot where there is a wall of scree on your left and it looks like the trail continues straight into the forest (which it does but it only takes you to tarned outcropping). The trail actually climbs that scree (at the time there was yellow paint on a rock marking the path). It was a socked in day so I didn’t have much for views. You come out to a ridge above the lake and it was a scramble down to the shore.
Directions: From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls), travel east on the Mountain Loop Highway 15.0 miles. Turn left (north) on the Coal Lake Road #4060 and continue 4.8 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.