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Start at a beautiful mountain stream and end at a gorgeous moun-tain lake. The trail climbs moderately from start to finish, but is well maintained and stays in the cool shade of the forest. Squaw Lake is a great family destination. The lake boasts shallow, warmer sections perfect for swimming, but anglers will appreciate the depths that remain cool enough for cold-water-loving trout to thrive. If neither water sport floats your boat, no worries. Simply sit back and, after a bit of quiet reflection, watch small songbirds to fish-loving raptors flit around the lake basin.

From the parking area, hike down a short dirt road to the Cle Elum River, and find the trailhead at a bridge over the river. Head up the trail on the far side of the river and climb modestly for the first 2 miles (gaining just 1000 feet in the process) to a junction with Trail No. 1332 on the right.

Stay left as the trail turns north along a long ridge crest. The forest on the ridge is broken and offers frequent views out across the Cle Elum River valley to the Wenatchee Mountains on the opposite side of the valley.

At 2.5 miles the trail reaches Squaw Lake. Skirt the lake to find your ideal lunch spot--grassy slopes in the shade or rocky shelves in the sun. Sit on a log and dip your feet, or wade out through a squishy mud beach for a therapeutic foot bath. Take your time relaxing around the alpine pool before heading back down the trail to your waiting car.
Driving Directions:

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to take exit 80 (signed "Roslyn/Salmon la Sac"). Head north on Salmon la Sac Road (State Route 903) about 15 miles, passing through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake to Salmon la Sac. Go right at the Y to stay on the main road (rather than entering the campground), and continue up the Cle Elum Valley Road (FS 4330) to the end of the road. Just before entering the Tucquala Meadow Camp-ground, turn left into a wide trailhead parking lot.

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Squaw Lake — Aug 08, 2013 — Jorge98926
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
Issues: Bugs
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The hike to Squaw Lake is fairly easy, if almost entirely uphill. The final half mile is flat. For...
The hike to Squaw Lake is fairly easy, if almost entirely uphill. The final half mile is flat. For most of the trip, you are in a forest with few opportunities to see any views of the surrounding mountains. Once you reach the top of the hill, the vistas open and the lake itself is beautiful. This is a relatively easy hike and was chosen because my wife was recovering from a sprained ankle at the time of the hike. She had no problems. The major issue is the road from the end of the tarmac to the trail head. It is in horrible condition. Be prepared for eleven miles of teeth rattling ruts and potholes.
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Squaw Lake — Jul 30, 2012 — TKfromNJ
Day hike
Issues: Road to trailhead inaccessible
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couldn't get there due to road conditions. boulders/pot holes, too much for our pickup truck. opted ...
couldn't get there due to road conditions. boulders/pot holes, too much for our pickup truck. opted for Pete Lake instead.
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Squaw Lake — Aug 20, 2011 — MapleLeaf
Day hike
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This sounds like a beautiful hike but we opted out due to road conditions. The Cle Elum ranger we sp...
This sounds like a beautiful hike but we opted out due to road conditions. The Cle Elum ranger we spoke to on Friday said that Forest Road 4330 is drivable but in poor condition. If you go, know that the dirt and rock road is washboarded and has many potholes. It would be a very slow 14 mile drive all the way to the trailhead, with or without a high clearance vehicle. So, make sure you have enough gas. Furthermore, a stream crosses the road just before the trailhead.
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Squaw Lake, Lake Michael — Nov 03, 2010 — Type E
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With the rainy weahter and not being able to get out this week I thought a trip down memory lane was...
With the rainy weahter and not being able to get out this week I thought a trip down memory lane was in order. This is from 1998, things were much different for me back then.

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Squaw Lake — Oct 02, 2010 — Weluv2hike.
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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Went past this lake on our hike up to cathedral rock. Beautiful lake ate a snack here....
Went past this lake on our hike up to cathedral rock. Beautiful lake ate a snack here.
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Squaw Lake — Oct 02, 2010 — caitiem20
Day hike
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So I never actually made it to this trail head because the how you got their directions are wrong. ...
So I never actually made it to this trail head because the how you got their directions are wrong. The GPS coordinates are correct and if you use google maps to get directions to the trail head they take you to a different place. The directions here take to to the Salmon La Sac trail head which is pretty but you won't find the Squaw Lake trail head from there!
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Location
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Snoqualmie Pass
Cle Elum Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip 5.0 miles
Elevation Gain 1400 ft
Highest Point 4841 ft
Features
Lakes
User info
Good for kids
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

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