Marmot Lake and Jade Lake

HARD 25 reviews
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Marmot Lake and Jade Lake is a 19.8 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
19.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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A gorgeous, difficult hike that may require off-trail hiking, steep inclines, and multiple river crossings. Be prepared to have your feet get wet and pass through snow even in summer weather. In the summer, it is likely to fall through snow as it melts, causing a thin surface layer of snow and nothing beneath. Your legs cam fall through the snow and your foot either hangs, hits the ground, or finds a stream. During such conditions, the trail is not easily seen. Reaching Jade Lake will be difficult. Use GPS and follow along the route on the map. Bring chalk and flagger tape if trekking in the snow. Consider what you will do if you can't find a non-snowy spot to sleep. Northwest Forest Pass required.

backpacking
8 days ago

Good hike

hiking
10 days ago

Attacked by bugs the whole way. Very difficult hike but marmot lake was beautiful didn’t have enough time to go to jade but tried and all you do was go straight up which was even more difficult. But, the hike was worth it. Bring a lot of water

backpacking
11 days ago

Great hike with lots of flies and mosquitoes, but Jade Lake was well worth the effort to get there. I would definitely bring a mosquito suit or at least a head cover. My brother and brother in law ended up with well over 100 bites each.

Several of the campsites at Jade Lake are closed for restoration. The hike from Marmot to Jade was slow going up the rocks but not overly difficult.

The road to the trailhead was slow and bumpy. We were in a pickup, so it was fine.

Overall a great couple of days.

13 days ago

Tough hike but worth it. Be prepared to deal with lots of bugs.

hiking
18 days ago

How is the dirt road up to the Trailhead?

Flying into WA in a few weeks to hike and was curious the condition of the roads?

backpacking
22 days ago

My husband , 11 yr old and myself started out at the deception creek cut off trail (shaved off 5 miles) and headed down to the deception creek trail. Crossed 2 creeks and slowly ascended towards deception pass. There’s lots of water on the trail so be prepared to have wet feet. Also with all that water comes swarms of mosquitos and biting flies. Our bug spray did not help. We crossed creeks several more times and went through a beautiful meadow. Then we reached the pass and turned right into marmot lake trail. First, the trail climbed up then for a couple miles it descended. After about 4 miles we switch backed up to marmot lake. We camped overnight then climbed up the rocks to jade lake. The mosquitoes were not as bad up there and we loved the lake. It was gorgeous! After lunch, we climbed back down to marmot and decided to go home early as I had hundreds of bug bites. Next time I would wear to net and mosquito proof clothes.

backpacking
30 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Grueling hike up from Deception Pass, requiring multiple snow field crossings (be prepared for your feet to fall through melting snow/ice). One particular section, just before the last mile of switchbacks, was not easily passable due to ice buildup and required a sketchy incline climb up and over the obstruction - not recommended for heavy packs. That said: amazing views, beautiful waterfalls, and Marmot Lake is a great reward for those willing to take the challenge.

backpacking
2 months 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
3 months 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
11 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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