Snoqualmie Lake Trail 1002


Cross the Taylor River on a concrete road bridge and follow the old overgrown Taylor River Road through second-growth forest.  Abandoned spur roads and paths lead down to the Taylor River for a picnic or a dip in the river on a hot day.  Other destinations include the unsigned and unmaintained Marten Lake Trail 1006, departing at milepost 2.8. Check out the pool and falls, best seen from the wooden footbridge crossing Marten Creek. If you arrive at the foot bridge you've past the trail to Martin Lake.  Follow an unmarked hard-to-find boot path on the left to reach Otter Falls and Lipsy Lake at milepost 4.75. Look for a cairn marking the junction. If you miss it you’ll come to Big Creek Falls and a concrete road bridge within a fourth mile, a worthwhile destination and good turnaround for a day trip. 

At approximately 6.3 miles from the trailhead arrive at a trail junction with Nordrum Lake Trail 1004.  The road ends here.  At the junction, turn left, follow the trail and enter Alpine Lakes Wilderness and untouched forest, passing viewpoints and waterfalls in route to Snoqualmie Lake at milepost 8.  Follow the trail along the lake before climbing steep switchbacks to Deer and Bear Lakes and finally arrive at a pass at milepost 10.  Here the trail becomes Dorothy Lake Trail 1072 and descends to Lake Dorothy and points beyond.

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
  • Wilderness regulations apply within Alpine lakes Wilderness.
  • The trail is closed to motorized vehicles.
  • Stock and bicycles are only permitted on the first 6.0 miles of this trail. Contact Ranger Station for current conditions.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Snoqualmie Lake trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office at 425-888-1421.

General Information


Access from Snoqualmie Lake Trailhead.

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. 

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11 miles

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  Elevation : 
1200 feet - 3800 feet