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Marmot Lake

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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Length

16.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Highest Point: 4500 ft.

Rating

3.78 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2021
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Scenic Marmot Lake is reachable from both Highway 2 or the Salmon La Sac area, but either way will be a challenge -- it's 14 miles via Deception Pass, or more than 10 miles from the Tucquala Meadows Trailhead. It's worth noting that from Highway 2, the trail passes the lake before boomeranging from Deception Pass back north to Marmot Lake. The more direct route to the lake is via Tucquala Meadows.

From the Deception Pass trailhead, you'll hike five miles through mossy forest into the Alpine Lakes wilderness. Campsites dot the trail, two, three, and five miles in, making this section a great option for overnight backpacking--you can make your own adventure along this section of trail.

At the 4.8 mile mark is the junction with the Tonga Ridge Trail, which makes for a great day hike, but you'll continue straight south. After another 2.5 miles arrive at a second junction. A left turn here connects to the Pacific Crest Trail in one uphill mile, but again, you'll continue straight another 3.4 miles to Deception Pass, where you'll turn north onto the Lake Clarice trail and descend three miles to yet another junction.

A left turn here will take you to Marmot Lake in .7 miles; taking the right trail brings you to Lake Clarice in .9 miles.

From Tucquala Meadows trail, take the Deception Pass trail past Hyas Lake to a junction 4.4 miles in. Continue past this junction for 0.6 miles to Deception Pass, and follow the directions as listed above to Marmot Lake.

 

Marmot Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5449, -121.0978 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Deception Pass Trail (#1376), Deception Creek Trail (#1059), Lake Clarice Trail (#1066)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

Getting There

Access the Deception Pass trailhead from Highway 2. Drive east to mile marker 56.6, found between the Skykomish and Stevens Pass. Turn south onto Deception Creek Road (FR 6088), and continue for one mile to the trailhead.

Access the Tucquala Meadows trailhead from I-90. From I-90 take exit 80. Drive north on SR-903 to Salmon la Sac. Fork right and continue up Cle Elum Valley Road (FR-4330) for 12 rough miles to the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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