Lake Dorothy Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Lake Dorothy Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, birding, and canoeing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2053 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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From Everett, E on US 2. About 33 miles E of Monroe follow signs to Money Creek Campground and pasDrive US Highway 2 to Old Cascade Highway west of the town of Skykomish, at approximately milepost 46. Turn south on Old Cascade Highway for one mile then turn south onto Miller River Road (FS Road #6410). Continue on #6410 for 9.5 miles to the roads end at the trailhead.

3 months ago

question: is this a 9.2 mile hike from start to finish back to your car, or do you double the miles 9.2 mi in and 9.2 mi out??? thanks

backpacking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of stairs, but what a payoff! Great scenery the whole way up and it seems to look completely different on the way down.

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful and challenging hike. Don't carry water, you'll be near it most of the way. If you plan on doing Bear Lake, then be prepared for some serious switchbacks, increase in elevation, and lots of bugs (Summer). Bring your fishing rod, and a change of socks or two.

10 months ago

The Road is closed/ washed out to this hike. 4 stars to avoid the rating being skewed

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is in great shape. Yes, lots of stairs to get to the lake. Some small snow patches on the trail along the lake when I was there on Memorial Day that will probably melt out in a couple of weeks. Just a few potholes on the road to the trail but in good shape overall.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

The hike up is a butt kicker with the 800 odd foot elevation change. There are a lot of steps, they help, but with my gait many them took half steps.

The scenery on the walk up is great. Stopping at the bridge is a good place to take a break. There's a little trail on the right on the other side of the bridge that you can take to get down to the river. Lots of large flat rocks to take a rest on.

At the top of the trail there is a beautiful section along the river at top of the lake where the log jam is. If you're sure footed you can hop out onto the rocks in the middle of the river. At the log jam the water isn't moving fast yet so you could wade if you like cold water.

Beautiful hike and lake. It took me about 1:45hrs to make it up. Definitely worth going again.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

We decided Lake Dorothy would be a great place to come back for a night or two! Easy trail but LOTS of steps. Short trip up to day use area which is on the north end of the Lake. We encountered many families camping and hiking which is great to see! You will be on gravel roads for about 8 miles getting to the trailhead and don't forget your Forest Pass.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

We went here this weekend with the plan of staying until Sunday, but ended up coming home tonight due to weather conditions. The original plan was to camp at Dorothy, then pick up camp and head to Snoqualmie Lake and stay there, but we ended up hanging out at Dorothy since it was so wet and muddy. The trail up to Dorothy Lake was alright with some pretty views. Lots of stairs here. Camping at the lake was gorgeous though, except the site we ended up at was terribly hard to access due to lots of downed trees, but we were right next to a beautiful flowing stream and right on the beach of the lake. The only reason it only got 4* was because lots of downed trees on the trail and some areas were difficult to maneuver around. We day hiked to Bear Lake, then to Deer Lake, and finally to Snoqualmie Lake. All of them were beautiful but the closer we got to Snoqualmie the worse the trail got. Tons of freshly downed trees and maneuvering that probably was pretty dangerous when looking back with hindsight. Could definitely use some maintenance. Would definitely come back here on a much less rainy weekend.

backpacking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

We went here this weekend with the plan of staying until Sunday, but ended up coming home tonight due to weather conditions. The original plan was to camp at Dorothy, then pick up camp and head to Snoqualmie Lake and stay there, but we ended up hanging out at Dorothy since it was so wet and muddy. The trail up to Dorothy Lake was alright with some pretty views. Lots of stairs here. Camping at the lake was gorgeous though, except the site we ended up at was terribly hard to access due to lots of downed trees, but we were right next to a beautiful flowing stream and right on the beach of the lake. The only reason it only got 4* was because lots of downed trees on the trail and some areas were difficult to maneuver around. Would definitely come back here on a much less rainy weekend.

camping
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Well maintained, lots of stairs, large lake with islands, and a short hike.

birding
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

What a fantastic hike! I was a little disappointed that it's not really a trail, it was more of a series of staircases. Still a great workout (I wouldn't rate it as difficult) and worth all the sweat. The lake was just gorgeous, and warm too!

hiking
Friday, July 24, 2015

Great day hike, trail was well maintained, and there weren't too many people. There are a lot of little places to stop and enjoy the view along the way.

hiking
Sunday, June 07, 2015

This is one of my long time favorite day hikes. The soles of my 30 yr old hiking boots came off right at the trailhead - a good end to them. The snow had recently melted as the ferns weren't yet upright. Glacier lilies, trillium and skunk cabbage all in bloom. I was pleasantly surprised to see very few people on the trail - it was the first part of May, so still early. We had lunch at the log jam, and continued on about 3/4 of lake (about 3.5 mi). I've always considered the first 1.5 mil of this hike strenuous (~950 ft gain in 1.5 mile), but the trail levels out and you can pick up speed (moderate first 1.5 mil, with easy along lake).

hiking
Saturday, May 30, 2015

We drove to the Dorothy Lake trailhead late on Memorial Day. The road to the trailhead was in great shape and allowed us to zip right up. The trailhead was petty empty on account of being late at the end of a long holiday weekend. My wife and I took our three kids (ages 8, 6 and 4) onto the Dorothy Lake trail. I was pleasantly surprised by the the care that has been given to the trail. It was a great trail for a family. There were a couple large steps but when it's dry the kids can climb right up. We got to the bridge that crosses where the 2 rivers meet. We had to turn around at that point because it was getting late and we still had an hour drive on a school night. We will definitely go back earlier in the day to reach the lake.

If your planning an out and back on highway 2, heading east and returning west, do NOT attempt on the last day of a long weekend or really even a Sunday during the summer. The traffic coming back from the Stevens Pass area is horrible until you get through Sultan. This trip was the second time we got stuck in traffic in this area.

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

We started from the trail head around 8am. The parking lot was quiet but about half full with backpackers who had come in the day before. The trail is in very good condition with wooden steps along the whole of the rise up to Lake Dorothy. It was a beautiful day and we didn't see anyone until we got to the campsites around the lake.

We continued across the creek at the far end of Lake Dorothy (there are enough strategically placed stones in the creek to get across dry footed) and headed up to Deer and Bear Lake. There are some great views back towards Lake Dorothy as you climb. There were a couple of residual patches of snow at the maximum elevation between the lakes (around 3800ft) but nothing on the trail itself.

Dear and Bear Lake are beautiful. My wife found some rocks in the sunshine at Bear Lake and enjoyed the solitude. I continued on down to Snoqualmie Lake. The trail bypasses most of the lake so you have to follow the camp site trails if you want to get down to the water on the main part of the lake.

We headed back around 2pm and started hitting both day hikers and backpackers on the way out. With the beautiful weather it was much busier by then.
Total roundtrip from trailhead to Snoqualmie Lake was 13.5 miles with 4200 total elevation gain.

Overall, a beautiful hike with classic Cascades scenary and some old growth trees along the way. The trilliums were blooming and the leaves are just starting to come out on the deciduous bushes.

Monday, April 13, 2015

As beginners we opted to go just to Lake Dorothy. It has just snowed so the trails were quite slushy and we but they are quite well maintained and it was a nice, fairly easy hike. The lake was beautiful and make for a nice resting spot. Leisurely round trip with 2 kids and 2 dogs took us about 2.5 hours.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Just finished this hike today, went to Dorothy lake and then continued through the snow on up to Lake Bear. One of those hikes that feels longer than it is, or maybe it feels just as long as it is, 11 miles to bear and back in a day and you will be feeling it.

hiking
Monday, September 29, 2014

Great day hike where if you are ambitious enough can do 4 lakes in one day! Fairly easy hike to Dorothy, and with a little more effort, on to Bear and Deer, then Snoqualmie. Bear and Deer sit so close together that if you happen to miss the trail down to Bear it can look like they are both the same lake. Just beyond Deer is Snoqualmie, which looks deceptively close, but the trail takes its time getting you down there. There are plenty of camp sites and at least one pit toilet for every lake along the way.

camping
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Overnight hiked/camped at one of the sites halfway down the lake, lots of bugs, but it was fun swimming in the lake when it was 80 degrees out! I'm gonna try to make it to big snow mountain next time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Great hike. The trail is very well maintained. Trail stays close to the river the whole way up. Warm day so I took a swim, well worth it.

hiking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

Went from Lake Dorothy Trailhead to Snoqualmie Lake. Trail to lake inlet was dry and manageable. All campsites for the most part were occupied, save for a couple last ditch sites. After creek ford, there were a few spots as I would expect since I wouldn't anticipate too many wanting to cross.

From Dorothy to Bear and Deer Lakes there was snow coverage, but easily navigable.

hiking
Sunday, May 04, 2014

Great hike and worth going! A couple things if you decide to go. Google maps says the trail head is 3.5 miles from the Miller Rd. It's definitely a lot more than that so keep driving until you get to the end of the road. The trailhead says Dorothy lake is 1.5 miles from the trailhead, it's actually 2.2 miles. When we got towards the lake the trail was deep in snow. We climbed around the rivers edge to get to the lake, the snow was really soft and deep. We didn't want to risk getting hurt. The snow should all melt off around June. Have fun!!

camping
Thursday, March 27, 2014

I about died getting there with a 40 pound back pack but it is Beautiful and worth the trip. great place for a weekend overnight.

hiking
Sunday, July 21, 2013

I did not find this to difficult at all truly enjoyed it. The Lake was truly beautiful :)

hiking
Monday, June 03, 2013

Went up there 2 weeks ago and it was clear of snow most of the way to the lake. Once we started to venture around the lake, things got tricky. There were some boulder passes that were hard to find footing and I'm sure you can see where I lost my footing a few times (which would make easier for people following after). We seemed to be the first people adventurous to start to make the trek around the lake and just as we reached the north tip we turned back for the dog's sake. I'm sure the lake is clear (or almost) of snow now as a considerable amount had vanished from 11am to 2pm while we were there. Can't wait to hit up Bear and Deer later in the season!

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2012

The 9 miles must include going on to Bear Lake, etc. - possibly up to Snoqualmie Lake. It's only 1.5 miles to Lake Dorothy itself and then another 2 miles if you hike the full length of the lake. Children age 5 - 10 did fine on the hike and really enjoyed it.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This was a wet trip, warm, but very wet & soggy. We hike the fairly easy trail up to and around Dorthy Lake to continue onto Bear and Dear lakes. The log bridge that crosses over the river (and through the woods) was missing, the only crossing was a few stepping stones that were now submerged due to all the rain. After a few attempts to find semi dry footing to cross, we decided not to end up with with soggy feet too. So with dry feet we started our trek back down. Good day good hike.

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