Margaret Lake

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

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Reaching Margaret Lake occupies much of the same trail as getting to Lake Lillian, with the added pleasure of being a shorter hike. Another major difference between the destinations is that past the junction with Margaret Lake, the trail to Lake Lillian is steep, rough, and in many places almost straight up and down. In comparison, the entire way to Margaret Lake is along a nice and easy-to-follow route. In autumn an immense slope of huckleberries at Margaret Lake makes for good grazing. The lake is also a suitable swimming hole in summer. Begin walking along this old road, now Trail 1332, through a forest of vine maple (Acer circinatum), willow (Salix sp), red alder (Alnus rubra), and maturing Douglas fir and mountain hemlock. Despite opportunities to turn off, stay on the main road until you reach a junction marked by a fi berglass Forest Service stick-sign announcing a hikers-only trail.

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"Reaching Margaret Lake occupies much of the same trail as getting to Lake Lillian, with the added pleasure of being a shorter hike. Another major difference between the destinations is that past the junction with Margaret Lake, the trail to Lake Lillian is steep, rough, and in many places almost straight up and down. In comparison, the entire way to Margaret Lake is along a nice and easy-to-follow route. In autumn an immense slope of huckleberries at Margaret Lake makes for good grazing. The lake is also a suitable swimming hole in summer.

Begin walking along this old road, now Trail 1332, through a forest of vine maple (Acer circinatum), willow (Salix sp), red alder (Alnus rubra), and maturing Douglas fir and mountain hemlock. Despite opportunities to turn off, stay on the main road until you reach a junction marked by a fi berglass Forest Service stick-sign announcing a hikers-only trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Snoqualmie Pass
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Local Contacts: Alpine Lakes Protection Society (ALPS), www.alpinelakes.org. Middle Fork Snoqualmie, www.midforkrocks.org. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District, 803 W Second St., Cle Elum, WA 98922; (509) 852-1100. Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office, 42404 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045; (425) 888-1421; www.fs.usda.gov /detail/mbs/about-forest/ offices/?cid=fsbdev7_001660.
Local Maps: USGS Chikamin Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Margaret Lake

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May 2018