Dutch Miller Gap

North Bend, Washington

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A long, scenic hike up the enchanting Middle Fork Snoqualmie River to Dutch Miller Gap and Williams Lake. Dutch Miller Gap is one of the high passes of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, dividing the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Waptus Rivers. The trail leading up the river to the gap is part of the old Cascade Crest Trail, a fairly long, wondrously scenic hike up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River valley to the rugged 5,000-foot-high gap. Despite a difficult approach drive, this is a fairly popular hike best done over two or three days with camps at Williams Lake or Lake Ivanhoe, or both.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A long, scenic hike up the enchanting Middle Fork Snoqualmie River to Dutch Miller Gap and Williams Lake. Dutch Miller Gap is one of the high passes of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, dividing the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Waptus Rivers.

The trail leading up the river to the gap is part of the old Cascade Crest Trail, a fairly long, wondrously scenic hike up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River valley to the rugged 5,000-foot-high gap. Despite a difficult approach drive, this is a fairly popular hike best done over two or three days with camps at Williams Lake or Lake Ivanhoe, or both.

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best midsummer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Big Snow Mountain; Green Trails 175 (Skykomish) and 176 (Stevens Pass)
Driving Directions: Directions to Dutch Miller Gap

Recent Trail Reviews

8/17/2009
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This trail is currently closed due to "fire damage and falling rocks". I tried it anyway and it was a nightmare. The trail is EXTREMELY overgrown with up to chest-high growth. There are also several tree-falls and washouts blocking the trail. Had to give up and make camp before making it to the gap. My fault for hiking on a "closed" trail, but there were A LOT more things wrong than the fire damage cited in the warning. This trail is in EXTREME need of a trail maintenance crew. Recommend staying away until a crew works on it.


7/31/2008
0

A great hike to a great view. The elevation gain is pretty easy, but is more steep at the end. Camping at the lake is gorgeous with great camp sites, though some are a bit exposed to the wind. The stream feeding the lake has some of the most picturesque small water falls and pools I have yet seen in Washington, and also the best tasting water.



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