Myrtle Lake Trail is a 10.1 mile out and back trail located near North Bend, WA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 34. Left on 468th Ave SE for 0.4 miles. Right on SE Middle Fork Rd for 1 mile. Bear Right at fork for 11.5 miles (dirt road.) Right on FSR 56 for 6.1 miles to trailhead on right.
The dirt road to the trail is long and has multiple washouts. Definitely recommend a truck or SUV. The trail head is easily marked once you get to the end of the road. The trail is overgrown with vegetation and hard to see at times but the creek crossings and constant changing terrain make it interesting and fun for a bit. Dingfork Creek was refreshing and a good place to have lunch. We saw a total of 2 people hiking and a few campers near the lake, which was a nice change of pace from the normal busy trail. Myrtle Lake was a disappointment for sure. Lots of mosquitoes and minimal places to sit by the water. Didn’t feel worth the 5+ hike.