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Seattle, WA: Lake Dorothy and Snoqualmie Lake

Travel a trail lush with old-growth forests to four majestic lakes nestled in Snoqualmie National Forest.

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Save a weekend for this 12.8-mile trek that links four wooded lakes (Dorothy, Bear, Deer, and Snoqualmie) roughly 75 mile east of Seattle. From the parking area at the end of the road, follow Dorothy Lake Trail #1072 to the southeast. The trail crosses a bridge over Camp Robber Creek and climbs a set of log steps to the northern edge of Dorothy Lake. Ringed by large granite cliffs and sandy beaches, this finger-shaped lake is a popular destination for dayhikers and anglers.
From here, the trail travels 2.3 miles to the southern edge of the lake before heading west for a steep switchback climb to a pass above Bear Lake. At the top of the pass, drop down to Bear Lake (mile 5), then Deer Lake (mile 5.3). After a small crest, descend a series of gradual switchbacks to the banks of Snoqualmie Lake. Set up camp, then fish for trout, or soak in the warm water. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.
Info: Dorothy Lake Trail #1072
-Mapped by David Tate

To Trailhead

From Grotto, WA, head southeast on Stevens Pass Hwy. In 0.8 mile, turn right onto NE Old Cascade Hwy. After 1 mile, turn right onto Miller River Rd. (becomes NFD 6410). In 3.6 miles, bear left at NFD 6412. Go 5.6 miles to the parking area at the end of the road.

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