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Lake Laura Backdoor

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass
47.3906, -121.3474 Map & Directions
Length
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1000 feet
Highest Point
4800 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate

A short, beautiful, but very steep unofficial bootpath to Lake Laura and Lake Lillian, this route gets you there in a quarter of the time, but breathing just as hard. Continue reading

  • Ridges/passes
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
Rating
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Hiking Lake Laura Backdoor

A short, beautiful, but very steep unofficial bootpath to Lake Laura and Lake Lillian, this route gets you there in a quarter of the time, but breathing just as hard. A much more forgiving access to Lake Lillian is the official trailhead.

From where you park your car, starts out in heavy brush, following a bootpath across a creek and beginning to climb steeply. It's a very steep fisherman's path, more like a class 2 scramble. You will likely need to maintain three points of contact going up and down.

In about a mile, you get to Lake Laura, small but pretty. Continuing to the right, after another half a mile, arrive at Lake Lillian, medium-sized and very pretty. It is possible to continue to Rampart Lakes from here. 

Lake Laura Backdoor

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3906, -121.3474 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Drive I-90 east to Exit 54, signed for Hyak. Cross under the freeway, then turn right onto FR 4832. Continue until the pavement ends and the road turns uphill, then proceed to the fourth sharp turn, where road FR 136 branches off to the left. Continue on FR 136, keeping right at a fork. The road ends and trail begins at the end of the valley. The road used to switchback to the southeast but is now overgrown. No parking permit required. No toilet facilities.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Lake Laura Backdoor

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