Marmot Lake and Jade Lake

HARD 12 reviews
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Marmot Lake and Jade Lake is a 18.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roslyn, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
18.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4658 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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backpacking
18 days ago

The Parking Lot
Northwest Forest Pass required, but no day passes were available for purchase so we (and others) did not pay for a day pass. We put out the National Park pass, uncertain if it is suffice.

The Hike
Several feet of snow for most of the journey.

The Trip
We left Sunday around 10:15AM and made camp around 6:30PM, but did not reach the lake by sunset. Due to the limitations of our trip, we did not make it to Marmot or Jade Lake.

The Warnings
You will likely fall through the snow as it has been melting causing a thin surface layer of snow and nothing beneath it until your leg falls through the snow and your foot either hangs, hits the ground, or finds a stream. The trail is not noticeable for probably 5 of the 8 miles we hiked, but the three miles that you can see a trail is also majorly snow covered but tracked by hikers footprints in the snow. Of the several backpackers we talked with about the hike, only one made it to Jade Lake that we know of.

The Tips
Use GoogleMaps on your IPhone because service is not required. Try using your AllTrails App map to locate yourself and follow the trail (the app worked on my friends IPhone 7). Bring chalk and flagger tape if trekking in the snow. Be prepared to have wet feet (we used plastic bags to cover our feet the next morning due to wet shoes). Consider what you will do if you can't find a non-snowy spot to sleep (we weren't expecting much snow.)

The Verdict
A gorgeous hike that I hope to blaze again in the summer! A hard hike that may require off-trail hiking, steep inclines, and multiple river crossings!

backpacking
1 month ago

We did this hike with a group of friends over Labor Day weekend in 2017. It was a long difficult hike with many repeating elevation gains and drops but the journey and the views along the way were well worth it. It was deep into fire season and the Jolly Mountain fire closed the roads to the southern trailhead to Jade lake. We ended up starting our trip from the northern side of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We were fortunate in that the winds were blowing south and we didn’t hike in smoke. There were plenty of streams along the way for fresh water and about halfway to Marmot lake we picked wild huckleberries to recharge as we hiked. After spending the night on Marmot lake we hiked/climbed our way up to Jade lake. It was great to do this hike for our first backpacking trip but it was exhausting and did not come without blisters and a few missing toenails.

backpacking
9 months ago

The trail isn't too rough for the first few miles. My husband and I went up to Tuck lake for one night, then headed out to Marmot for our second. At one point you hike fairly far down into a meadow covered with flowers and other flora. There are plenty of little streams to get water from if you need it. The hike up to Marmot is a little tough (maybe harder in our minds because we had done a difficult hike the first day of our trip). There are plenty of campsites at Marmot. There were around 8 groups camping comfortably there during our stay. We saw some prints that looked like they belonged to a large cat of sorts, so we used the buddy system if either of us needed to use the "restroom" at night. The hike to jade is pretty difficult. My phone says it was about 5.5 miles round trip, but half of it you are climbing up rocks. Follow a dirt path all the way around Marmot lake to the edge. From there, you'll start climbing rocks and following cairns on the way. The cairns do a great job of marking the path, so keep an eye out for them. Jade lake has about 3 campsites, and No Name lake has 2 or so. You can't beat the view and pictures do not do the color of the lake justice. Highly recommended!

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Monday, August 29, 2016