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Gothic Basin in Seattle

A scenic area with several lakes to explore

Best time: July–October

Gothic Basin
Gothic Basin
Gothic Basin
Gothic Basin
Gothic Basin

Gothic Basin is settled near the Granite Falls, Washington about 1.5-hour drive from Seattle. The path leading to the lake is an old miner's trail that climbs up steeply for about 3.3 mi (5.3 km) with an elevation gain 3,280 feet (1000 m). The Weden Creek/Gothic Basin #724 trail features forest landscape that gives way to sub alpine rocks with snow gullies even during the summer. The best time to hike the trail is from July to October. This hike does require a permit though!

After admiring wildflowers and stunning scenery of Gothic Basin, you can take your hike a few miles further and reach 19.7-acre (7.9 ha) Foggy Lake where the most adventurous hiker can get access to climb Del Campo and Gothic Peaks. The lake often stays frozen throughout the summer. It takes about 20 min to get there from the Gothic Basin. It is worth checking out Foggy Lake as it's very green and surrounded by picturesque rocks.

Gothic Trail is about 9 mi (14.4 km) in length and is rated as difficult and is not too crowded. If you decide to camp in the area, keep in mind that campfires are prohibited in this area.

Practical info

When should hikers do the Gothic Basin trail?

The Gothic Basin trail is ideal from July to October, due to favorable weather, wildflowers in full bloom, and better trail accessibility. Hikers must obtain a permit before embarking. Show more

How far away is Gothic Basin from Seattle?

Gothic Basin is near Granite Falls, Washington, which you can reach from Seattle in about 1.5 hours. Surrounded by Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the area provides an ideal location for outdoor pursuits like hiking and camping. Show more

What elevation gain does the Gothic Basin Trail have?

Boasting a stepper 3,280-foot (1000-meter) elevation gain, the Gothic Basin Trail is considered difficult and runs via an old miner's trail with scenic subalpine rocks featuring even snow gullies, forest landscapes, and some steep climbs for an extra challenge. Show more

What is the length of Gothic Basin Trail?

The moderately challenging Gothic Basin Trail is about 9 miles (14.4 km) long, ideal for experienced hikers wanting to take in the stunning scenery and wildflowers that light the route. Crowds are scarce, creating an unspoiled environment. Show more

Can visitors engage in campfires at Gothic Basin?

No. As campfires might trigger forest fire hazards and harm the natural environment, visitors are barred from having them in the Gothic Basin area. Following guidelines and regulations is critical for visitors to minimize the environmental impact while camping and respecting nature and safety rules in place. Show more

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