Lake Lillian Trail

HARD 18 reviews

Lake Lillian Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
2,808 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers



From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 54. Left off freeway for .3 miles. Right on FSR 4832 for 5 miles. Left on FSR 4934 for .5 miles to parking area. Trailhead is a short walk down FSR 4934

3 days ago

Excellent hike had lots of fun

7 months ago

it's actually 15.5 miles from parking to lake Lillian and back--not 8. hike was beautiful and got a little technical with a small boulder field and an unclear path within a half mile or less of lake Lillian. my suggestion is to head to Margaret lake and save yourself several miles for a very similar, if not more, beautiful view.

great views of Rainer on a clear day on your way up.

9 months ago

Took the backdoor trail and stopped at Lake Laura on the way. Super pretty views! Very steep, but worth it.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Hard hike, but beautiful. After a quick swim ventured further on to Rampart Ridge and Lakes; a must. Had Rampart Lakes all to ourselves... heavenly! Water is perfect for swimming. Bugs were bad, but responded well to repellent. Trail was free of people until late afternoon.this hike is not based from Cle Elum though, it's from the top of Snoqualmie Pass.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Be prepared to start straight up with almost 1000 feet elevation gain in the first mile on a dirt, rocky road/trail. There are some decent ups and downs along the path but many of them very vertical. It is a technical hike and probably not good for small kids. The lake is beautiful but not a great hangout area.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Even though we only made it to Margaret Lake it was totally worth it. 2 hours uphill at a very slow phase enjoying colorful wild flowers, views of mount rainier, a special small green body of water and lake Margaret was cristal clear perfect for swimming (very cold of course, but great after hiking on a hot day). I'd love to come back soon before the flowers are gone.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Still Snowed over, extremely hard to find the trail and dangerous without proper snow gear. made it within a half a mile to the lake before we turned around. Awesome hike though especially in a few more weeks when the snow melts

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Love it. Rocky reach approach is difficult but much more worth it for the distance. Also continue in to the Rampart lakes from here

Thursday, August 28, 2014

08/27/2014 - If you would like to visit the lake without the distance, make your approach via Rocky Run. From the trailhead it is less than a mile to the lake. We also took the side trail to Lake Laura which is worth the trip. The trail is pretty steep at parts and it was tricky for our Weimaraner to make the incline. Trekking poles are advised.

Driving directions: From Seattle head east on I-90. Take exit 54 (signed for Gold Creek), turn left and cross under the overpass then shortly turn right onto Gold Creek Rd (NFD 4832). Go approx 2.5 miles until the road changes to gravel, then continue on gravel turning left approx 4.3 miles from freeway at unmarked fork (NFD 136). Stay right at the next fork and continue to the open area at the hairpin turn (total distance 6.2 miles from the freeway). Please note that this road has minor washouts and very heavy brush that may scratch your vehicle.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Long hike with a lot of steep inclines. It was a 15.5 miles from parking, to lake and back again.

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