Lake Dorothy - Lake Bear - Lake Deer
Oct 13, 2010
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Lake Dorothy - Lake Bear - Lake Deer
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
- Trails: Dorothy Lake (#1072)
- Avg Rating: 3.72
- Be Aware Of
It's a long drive from Highway 2, over the RR tracks, and up Miller Road to the trailhead at 2200 ft. Then an easy 2 miles brings you to Lake Dorothy, gaining 800 ft mostly on timber steps or log stairs. The next two miles along the east shore of the lake are a delight, especially on an October morning when the sun brings out all the colors on the opposite shore while steam rises from the cool waters. The tread along the lake is relatively even, although rocky in some places. On the south end of the lake, after negotiating several inlet streams, begins another 800 ft. climb. This mile is rocky, rooty, and muddy in places but still has some very nice stone steps in place. Not a lot of views during the climb.
But it's worth it to see Bear Lake and Deer lake. Sparkling waters dancing in the sunlight, very nice tread to walk, lovely campsites, and a nice rock at Deer Lake that juts out into the water for sunning. This is a marvelous day hike, 12 miles round trip with 1600 ft. gain in and 100 out. Best of all, the place is loaded with mushrooms of every sort and variety. Good thing the Mycological Society show is this weekend at the Urban Horticultural Center in Seattle.