Lake Dorothy Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Lake Dorothy Trail is a 9.2 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
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

canoeing

hiking

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

hiking
10 days ago

14 days ago

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

hiking
28 days 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.

6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

11 months ago

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.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

camping
Sunday, March 13, 2016

camping
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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

camping
Sunday, August 09, 2015

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
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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.