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Quartz Creek/Lake Blethen

Snoqualmie Region
47.5666, -121.5329 Map & Directions
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,550 feet
Highest Point
3,700 feet
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Less of a trail than a road walk, the route up Quartz Creek offers quiet and solitude in the Middle Fork Valley. Continue reading

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Hiking Quartz Creek/Lake Blethen

Less of a trail than a road walk, the route up Quartz Creek offers quiet and solitude in the Middle Fork Valley. But despite being a road walk, it's quite rugged; the way is overgrown and many of the bridges that used to span creeks have been washed out. Deep gullies that can prove dangerous to cross are a feature of the trail. 

The route for Quartz Creek is signed at the junction just before the Taylor River bridge, near the new Garfield Ledges trailhead. The road bed is not your typical flat, well-graded climb; as the trail heads towards Lake Blethen, the quality deteriorates, and brush creeps in from both sides. 

The lake itself is unremarkable, but it's quiet. You may run into climbers heading to Rooster Mountain on this trail, but otherwise, you'll likely be solo. 

Quartz Creek/Lake Blethen

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.5666, -121.5329 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

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 to exit 34. Turn left under the freeway onto 468th Ave SE. After 0.6 miles, turn right onto the Middle Fork Road SE. After 2.2 miles, turn left onto the Lake Dorothy Road, and 0.3 miles later, arrive at a stop sign, where you will turn left onto the Middle Fork Road. Proceed down this paved road 9.2 miles before arriving at the Garfield Ledges parking area. Quartz Creek trail is just before the bridge spanning the Taylor River.

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Snoqualmie Region

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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