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Lake Lillian Trail is a 8 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 2,778 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow
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Wenatchee National Forest Cle Elum District Tel: 509.674.4411 www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee

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

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Elliot Quinton
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Samuel Vert
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HikingGreat!

I did this hike mid week after Labor Day and ran into only one person on the trail. I would definitely rate this trail as hard; the terrain is a real challenge. The first half of the trip is easy enough, what with fresh legs and rather steep but well groomed trails. I took the detours to Lake Margaret and Mt Margaret, and I’d say that both are worth it! That lake is a place you might want to camp for an evening and sleep under the stars. Remember though, that those excursions off the main route will add miles to your legs; by the time I reached Lillian it was 6 miles on the odometer! It’s smooth sailing until about 2.5 or so miles in(not counting the Margaret trails), when the terrain gets challenging. The trail is well marked, but I encountered a lot of loose rock, roots and plenty of obstacles that make twisting an ankle all too easy. Very technical and foot placement becomes the order of the day and does slow progress some. The trail never seemed to go for too long without putting up a challenge and testing me to carry on. Again, this is not an easy hike. Not even moderate. I highly recommend trekking poles! Once I reached the lake, it was gorgeous as expected, but I was too beat up to venture around the perimeter and see the other side. I’d you choose this hike, I’d advise that this is a physical challenge with an above average payoff at the end, provided you can enjoy it. Then again, you’re only halfway done at that point! Be prepared! I hiked a total of 10.5 miles and some 3500 feet of elevation gain and my legs reminded me of that fact on the final mile back to the trailhead. In summary, it’s the spectacular alpine lakes wilderness, but getting there ain’t free, and at times it will feel more like work than pleasure.

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Klaudia Pajolek
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Kelsey Pearson
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Too steep to do when your body is already tired I nearly died for some reason also many bees and bugs

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Cameron Meyer
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A decent trail that will give you a workout. The road leading up to the trail is pretty rough, and if you don't drive a 4x4 or high clearance vehicle I'd plan on adding an extra 0.5-1 mile to your hike. Overall trail has some challenging spots of steep elevation mixed in with roots and loose rock. There are also spots close to the lake where its very easy to lose the trail. Combined with poor signage, would strongly recommend you use a map or GPS. Also bugs are rough by the lake. You must have strong bug spray with you. On the bright side, there wasn't a lot of people on the trail, and there are just enough of decent views on the way to the lake to keep you entertained.

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Manish Duggal
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Trail is maintained, little rocks initially then dry land, close to lake again rocky and towards the end steep elevation. We did Mt Margaret lookout first and view of Rainier and Adams is amazing. You don’t want to miss those. Coming back from lake is again with elevation gain but once you pass the Mt Margaret lookout joint, it is all easy coming down. Mosquitoes are big problem on this trail especially when going close to Lake. A good spray is must.

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Justin Murdock
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I did the hike to Lake Lilian on 7/25. We arrived to a full parking lot at 9:45am. We turned back down the forest road and found enough space to pull out along the side of the gravel. A long line of other vehicles had started to do the same. The road is full of large pot holes. Still, small cars were navigating around them easily enough. After parking, we started up the trail. The hike begins by waking up a portion of the forest road for about 10 minutes. You finally see the trailhead off to the left. Once on the trail, it’s more up... up, up! As you climb, you come to a clearing in the trees which offers a stunning view of Mount Rainer in the distance and the nearby ski slopes below. After more climbing, you come to the fork where you can choose to go to Margaret Lake or Lake Lilian. There is a wooden sign which makes the decision easy enough. We choose Lilian. Off we went with the trail finally giving way to some more level ground and some small descents. You’ll come to a clearing with a series of small meadows, ponds, streams,and wildflowers. These make for a peaceful rest area before trudging onward. After leaving the meadows behind, be ready for more climbing! The trail winds itself up and down through more forest. Constantly changing elevations. Finally, at the end of a steep rocky climb... Lake Lilian reveals itself surrounded snow covered by peaks. There are some boulders to sit on around the lake for lunch, but the immediate area gets crowded. Some are able to make there way around the steep shrub covered banks of the lake towards more peaceful settings. You may see some tents across the lake where backpackers spent the night. There is a waterfall to the left of the lake that descends from the lake, but we couldn’t see it by remaining in the immediate area as the falls are hidden by an outcropping of a peak. As it turns out, a short walk down to the left would have revealed this to us, but we thought we didn’t realize this until later consulting a map. There were a lot of bugs, but it wasn’t the worst I’ve seen! I was left with several welts from the mosquitoes. Most people were wearing pandemic masks. There were several leashed dogs along the route. This trail is deceiving... the trail feels like a climb both ways lol. On your return, be prepared to climb before you make the final decent to the forest road. By afternoon, you’ll start to see the backpackers headed up with their tents to spend the night. Overall, it’s a challenging hike. Still, it’s not overly long and can be accomplished in half a day.

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Bhargav Mohanty
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Great views of Rainier in the first third of the hike and same on the way out. The lake itself is a real spectacle with a few mini lakes on the way which may be more serene just cause people don’t seem to stop there. All in all, strong recommendation.

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Dejah Sanchez
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Samantha Moore
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Great but tough trail. Took us about 4.5 hours to get to the lake at the top and only about 1.5 hours to get down. You gain elevation quickly. Great workout, but there are some steep inclines that are a little sketchy going up and down. We went on a pretty dreary day. Would have been better had we waited for better weather since the lake ended up being completely fogged in. But it was still worth it!

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Jason Harbison
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This trail is a calf burner. Bugs were not an issue until the end but this wasn’t an issue for us before. There is quite a bit of snow along the route so you have watch out for places you can break through the snow (nothing serious unless you don’t like wet feet). The lake at the end is mostly frozen but most of the other lakes are not. It was a wonderful way to spend 6 hours.

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Brandon Scott
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HikingMuddyScrambleSnow

This is a tough trail. Lots of ups and down and some very steep, scrambling sections. It will kick your butt. The lake and the views are worth it? Even when the lake is frozen over. You’ll definitely get a sense of accomplishment, along with sore feet, when you get back to your car.

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Justin Colberg
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Thomas Rothschilds
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Got up to the saddle where we would go down to Margaret Lake. Snow covered after at around 4300 feet. The traverse below Mount Margaret was pretty sketchy, about 4 feet of more solid snow in the trees there, and pretty steep, so we turned around.

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Lish Adsit
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Very snowy. Followed others trails but couldn't see the trail. Had to turn back when tracks were lost.

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