Beaver Lake

Darrington, WA
Length: 4.20 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Follow this old railroad grade trail along the rushing Sauk River to the bridge above Beaver Lake. The name of the lake is derived from its occupants. Great for families with only 100 feet of elevation gain throughout the hike. This hike is excellent in the fall because of the abundance of  oversized bigleaf maple leaves on the ground, and in the winter and spring because the barren tree allow for amazing mountain and river views.

Follow a gravel path down towards the river where the gravel ends and the old railroad grade begins. The forest opens up at the river to reveal the surrounding mountain peaks, and if you look down, you’ll see old rails that used to run along the river. The trail can sometimes washout in this area, known as ‘The Slide” so please use caution, but it is the only portion of the trail that suffers from heavy erosion.

Once past The Slide, the rail turns away from the river and travels through marshy area. There are several cute little wooden bridges that children will enjoy crossing.

At the end of the marsh, you will arrive at a large wooden bridge over Beaver Lake. The bridge was taken out last year by a fallen tree, but the portion that remains open is sturdy and safe. Enjoy a picnic here before heading back to the trailhead.


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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Make sure to not only look for beavers at the lake, but also for signs of beavers, such as chewed up trees. How many beaver dams can you spot from the old wooden bridge?
Also keep your eyes open for blue heron that like to go fishing in this lake.

Trail Contributor

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Hello! I am a former Journeyman Wireman turned stay-at-home mom to my four beautiful children. After growing up in the hot desert of Las Vegas, we decided to make a change and move to beautiful Snohomish County WA. I found my community here through Hike it Baby, and I now work to facilitate that for others. If you’re ever in my neck of the woods, come join me on a hike!