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Cliff Tree Basin

Backcountry Response Team

Tue Aug 3, 2021 9:00 AM — Sat Aug 7, 2021 3:00 PM

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Snoqualmie Region — Salmon la Sac/Teanaway

Features: Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: Brandon Tigner

Marmot Lake with Glacier Peak in the background. Photo by Ken Poore.


Come spend the week camping in the lovely Cascades at a quiet little lake with a loud name (Hozzbizz) on the trail to Marmot Lake. During the day, you'll improve the trail to Marmot Lake, and continue working past the lake, improving the trail as it continues on to Clarice Lake. Enjoy grand views at work and in camp. 

About the Area

Marmot and the ever-popular Jade Lake are just a few of the lakes below the north face of Mount Daniel that attract backpackers eager to explore this beautiful wilderness.

Tarns, glaciers, marmots, pikas and mountain goats are among the sights and sounds. Wildflower meadows and towering peaks on three sides are just a few of perks of camping at Hozzbizz Lake in Cliff Tree Basin.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

There is plenty of work to do around both Marmot and Clarice Lakes. These areas receive a beating each winter from snow melt and avalanches, so the clean up can be extensive.

We'll repair the storm damage as well as prune back overgrown vegetation. We'll also widen, smooth and outslope the trail tread, and add and augment drain dips to keep the trails in tip-top shape.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Backcountry camp
  • Location: Hozzbizz Lake
  • Shower: None
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain
  • Hike to camp: 6 miles with 1200 feet of gain while carrying your backpack with camping and personal gear; your personal food and tools will be packed in for you
  • Expected daily hike to project: 4-6 miles roundtrip with 1000 feet of gain at a moderate pace


  • Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
  • Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a great vacation!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team
  • Camp kitchen and food for the duration of the trip
  • Camping gear and trail work gear; WTA provides training, and tools
  • Good physical condition to be physically active for about 7 hours daily on uneven terrain
  • Backpacking experience recommended
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

Backpacking gear

  • Backpack to carry all of the items below
  • Food for the duration of the event
  • Water shoes for stream crossings and for swimming
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles; hot drink cup optional
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Lunch and snacks for Day 1
  • A sense of fun and adventure!

Trail work gear

  • Your WTA hard hat if you already have one
  • Boots
  • Long pants
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)
  • Day pack (optional)

A hard hat will be provided by WTA if you don't already have one (let your crew leader know). For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

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From Seattle, drive east over Snoqualmie Pass on I-90 and take exit 80. Travel north on Highway 903 through the town of Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake. At Salmon la Sac take Forest Service Road 4330 (Cle Elum River Road) for approximately 13 miles to the Tucquala Meadows Campground, and the trailhead. 

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.


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