Marmot Lake Trail

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, Washington

Distance3.5mi
Elevation Gain2,823ft
Trailhead Elevation4,984ft
Top4,998ft
Elevation Min/Max4042/4998ft
Elevation Start/End4984/4984ft

Marmot Lake Trail

Marmot Lake Trail is a hiking trail in King County, Washington. It is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 4,984 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,823 feet. Along the trail there is a water. This trail connects with the following: Jade Lake Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Jeff Smoot
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"A long day hike or backpack to remote Marmot Lake. Marmot Lake is a remote lake lying about 3 miles north of Mount Daniel. Geographically, the lake is not all that remote; it lies only a few miles north of Mount Sawyer and would be easily accessible via Tonga Ridge Trail if there was a trail leading directly from Sawyer Pass. However, the trail to Marmot Lake begins from Deception Pass, which is about 5 miles in from the nearest trailhead, making this a long day hike best done as an overnight trip. Marmot Lake is a remote lake lying about 3 miles north of Mount Daniel. Geographically, the lake is not all that remote; it lies only a few miles north of Mount Sawyer and would be easily accessible via Tonga Ridge Trail if there was a trail leading directly from Sawyer Pass." Read more
Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"One of the larger lakes ringing the deep basins within the shadows of glacierclad Mount Daniel, Marmot Lake is also one of the less popular. It’s not because of its characteristics or any inherent fl aws—it’s an attractive lake with nice sunny ledges for lounging. Campsites are good— fi shing too—and the trail leading to the lake is pleasant and well graded. So what gives? Nearby Tuck and Robin Lakes siphon away the masses, leaving Marmot and nearby Lake Clarice for those intent on not sharing backcountry campsites with half of Seattle." Read more

Marmot Lake Trail Reviews

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7/23/2009
Just got back and the lake is beautiful! There are a few places along the trail that get a little tricky. There are 2 avalanche debris fields that you have to cross or go around and then picking up the trail can be a little tricky if you haven't ever been on the hike before. There are also several spots along the way that are getting so overgrown you can't see where you are stepping which is just more of a nuisance than anything. Overall it was a very nice trip and there are several side trips from the lake once you get up there.
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Trail Information

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
Local Maps

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Dec 2018