Taylor River to Lake Dorothy

North Bend, Washington 98045

Taylor River to Lake Dorothy

Taylor River to Lake Dorothy Professional Review and Guide

"A one-way hike up Taylor River to Lake Dorothy, or an out-and-back hike to Snoqualmie Lake. Snoqualmie Lake used to be an easy day hike of just a few miles, but during the 1980s the Taylor River bridge washed out and the Forest Service did not repair it, thus adding about 12 miles to the round trip. Now most hikers access Snoqualmie Lake via Lake Dorothy Trail, a more enjoyable 14-mile round trip that gets you to lake country in a scant 1.5 miles instead of 7.5 miles via Taylor River.

But the lakes are not the only worthwhile aspect of this hike. The first 5.7 miles along Taylor River is flat and easy hiking through shady forest, with several waterfalls including the spectacular Otter Falls. But the high lake country is less visited, more serene, a worthy destination for an overnight hike."

Taylor River to Lake Dorothy Reviews

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The trail between the Trail head and Big Creek falls is wide, slow rise and very pleasant. The may small streams and Big Creek Falls are pretty. This portion of the trail is featured in a 'Hiking with your Dog' book and there were a number of groups taking advantage this. Once past Big Creek falls it is about 1 mile to the Snoqualmie Lake Trailhead. From there the trail; becomes more difficult. I encountered a great deal of blowdown (much of this was cleared by the time I did the return trip). The climb is moderate to challenging to an intermediate level hiker - sometimes following stream beds, talus areas (follow the rock pile markers). Maps do not show the switchbacks that veer away from the river. Once at the lake the view was beautiful and well worth the effort. Deer Lake and Bear Lake offer somewhat more secluded campsites.
Trail is well maintained and a fairly easy if uneventful hike for the first five miles. The last 2 miles to snoqualmie lake are quite challenging and the trail runs over a number of stream beds and rock quarry which are somewhat hard to manage with your 35 pound pack. The view when you get to lake is beautiful and if you are willing to continue on to bear and deer lake the campsites seemed much more secluded.

Taylor River to Lake Dorothy Photos

Trail Information

North Bend
Nearby City
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Overnight backpacking trip
All year for most of lower Taylor River trail; summer through fall to lakes
1,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,150 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Philippa, Snoqualmie Lake; Green Trails No. 174 (Mount Si) and 175 (Skykomish)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018