From the trailhead, a straightforward and fairly level path leads directly to this pretty lake’s northern shore. Following the lake’s outlet stream, the wide trail passes through an old-growth forest of Hemlock, Douglas fir and silver fir.
Once at the lake, an overgrown and unmaintained boot path partially circles the lake to the right with a few downed trees to scramble over. At the lake’s inlet stream, there are two campsites. It is important to note that campfires are allowed at Evans Lake, which is a rarity within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Although the trail is typically accessible by late spring, a visit in late summer or early fall offers a few perks including abundant huckleberries ripe for the picking and fewer mosquitoes and flies. The 11-acre lake is known for quality fishing, and it is not uncommon to see fish jumping in the lake or anglers out on the water using packable watercrafts.
With its short distance, minimal elevation gain and low usage, Evans Lake is perfect for introducing small children to the wilderness, embarking on a first-time backpacking experience or simply getting out in the mountains for the day.
After your hike, stop by LouSki’s Deli or Sky River Coffee in Skykomish for a post-hike sandwich or a warm beverage and pastry.