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Margaret Lake

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.

Rating

3.34 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Margaret Lake is a hidden gem within the I-90 corridor, just two exits beyond the heavily trafficked trails of the Snoqualmie Pass area. Its sweeping views of the valley give way to a dense yet beautiful forest before descending into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The stunning sight of Margaret nestled at the base of a peak, after only three short miles, propels the mind to want to continue the journey towards Lilian Lake after a lunch break and maybe a quick dip.

The parking lot (which can accommodate 25-30 cars) is located off to the left of the service road, a quarter-mile from the trailhead.

The hike begins by turning left out of the parking lot and continuing on the road itself a short distance before you see the trail head on the left hand side. Turn left and ascend the trail and you will soon see a trail sign on the right hand side, it is obscured by foliage and is invisible from the road. Little is left of the sign itself, just the post remains.

Very shortly afterwards pass through two metallic posts - all that remains of an old, rusty gate - and continue on a wide trail which once served as on old logging road. After one mile in total the path intersects with a trail only suitable for hikers.

Though the Margaret Lake trail is not heavily trafficked, it is extremely well-maintained and thick brush is minimal. The trail leads up through old clearcuts before entering the forest. Steady but not too steep, it switchbacks until reaching the junction for Margaret Lake at just over two miles.

Turn right at the junction and descend a steep path to the lake. There is a pond at the bottom of the descent with a man-made log bridge leading across. Continue on the trail for less than a quarter mile, where the occasional snow field is present, before arriving at Margaret Lake.

Margaret provides a host of sites to eat and even camp in solitude while enjoying the scenery. Follow the trail to the right around the lake and discover a plethora of options.

 

Margaret Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3642, -121.3582 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

Margaret Lake (#1332.1)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

Getting There

Drive on I-90 to Exit 54, signed for Hyak. Turn north and pass under the freeway, then turn right on the frontage road signed for Gold Creek. This road may be very crowded on weekends.

After a mile on this road, pass the parking area for Gold Crek road and continue straight onto FR 4832. You're driving east, paralleling the freeway, before the road pitches up. Nearly 4 miles from exiting the freeway, turn left onto FR 4934, and after a quarter mile, the parking area will be on your left.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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