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The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington is a National Forest extending more than 140 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range from the Canada–US border to the northern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park.

14 hours ago

Weather forecasts had recently mentioned snow in the mountains, so I was a little unsure if this would be okay. I'm delighted to say there was no snow on the trail, and it was perfectly hikable! A delightful day, indeed!

My partner and I hiked here in mid September. We started at 9 am and ran into a couple groups heading back from camping at the lake. A lot of switchbacks but gorgeous the entire way up the mountain. The lake was beautiful and we will definitely be back.

the hike was super easy but bygolly does it take forever to get up that dirt road! speaking of the drive....its a 30min drive up riddled with huge potholes....but don't worry as soon as u enter the road brace yourself and take it slow. but hey, when u see ur end result it's totally worth it! also another useful tidbit- don't bring small children...dangerous

Very beautiful lake. my fitbit calculated 14 miles round trip that includes the 2 miles each way due to washout. very hard hike inclines the entire way til Virgin Lake then its a mile down hill to Blanca Lake. the lake is breathtaking and worth the hike. bring lots of water and power foods. towards the top its pretty rocky so be prepared for that. not a hike for small children.

The area around the lake has a lot to offer. Only downside is people need to stop feeding the animals. I've never seen chipmunk's and mice approach people and their food as they are eating it. They were persistently trying to get our food whenever we brought it down from the bear bag.

steep but rewarding..

3 days ago

Had a great time hiking to Lake Snoqualmie from the Lake Dorothy trailhead. Trail is in good shape, fair amount of stairs which poles can help with. The hike up to Bear and Deer is steeper with a good amount of rocks and roots. Three trees have fallen across the trail near Deer Lake that need to be climbed over.

Did this hike on a Saturday morning - 20 cars parked by 830am. Tripled to quadrupled by time we left at 11am!

Well maintained trails, some parts under renovation, that meander through switchbacks and along the two lakes. I personally liked Talapus Lake better - bigger and more picturesque. The hubs liked Ollalie better - less people.

This hike is super doable for all ages and fitness levels. I'm not sure how AllTrails ranks hikes but I'd say this one is more an "easy" or "easy-moderate" hike, not a "moderate" hike. I'd come back, next time with my inflatable SUP!

3 days ago

Frustratingly, we never got to the lake. About a mile in, at Twin Lake, the trail forks. There is no sign and the trail that turned out to be the one to Summit Lake appears closed with the bridge down and red caution tape around the trees. We took the trail to the right and climbed about a mile or so before hikers coming down told us we were headed to Bear Head summit. By then the less experienced hikers in our group didn't feel they could make it back down the way we had come plus continue to the lake so we had to cut our hike short.

It's a nice trail and we'll probably try again in the future.

It was a moderate hike that took around 3 hour back and forth without rests.
I would like to go there again in winter.