Walk the Snoqualmie Lake Trail for six miles along the old Taylor River Road to a signed junction near the end of the roadbed. Take the right fork and follow the road. It turns into a trail at a ford crossing the Taylor River. The Taylor River may not be safe to cross in high water. Nordrum Lake Trail is primitive and unmaintained, climbing steep, brushy slopes on a rutted rocky tread for 2.7 miles to Nordrum Lake within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
A landslide buried part of the trail so route-finding skills are essential. Eroded trail sections are rough and steep. At the north end (outlet) of Nordrum Lake the trail forks. One trail drops to the right and the lakeshore. To the left a barely visible boot path continues around the lake to a few overgrown campsites near the outlet stream. This trail is very steep, rugged and difficult to find. It is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.
From North Bend travel east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn north on Edgewick Road. In 0.6 mile turn right onto SE Middle Fork Road (Forest Service road 56). Stay on Forest Service road 56 for 12.2 miles just after the bridge crossing. Continue on the left fork to the Taylor River Road (Forest Service 5620). In another 0.4 mile, park at the gate. The trailhead is beyond the gate, across the Taylor River Bridge.
Continue on foot for 6.5 miles up the Snoqualmie Lake Trail #1002. Nordrum Lake Trail #1004 is on the right side of the trail, just after crossing the Taylor River.