Miles of riverside rambling, alpine wandering, a beautiful lonely lake, and high desert hiking, as well as all the planning and logistics that goes into a long-distance hike – this will satisfy your thruhiking cravings (at least for a month or so).
Whichever way you decide to hike, you’ll want to have a car (or a pickup arranged) on the other end. Or you could consider doing a key swap.
Beginning at the large Middle Fork Trailhead, you’ll enjoy several miles of streamside roaming up the Snoqualmie River before arriving at your first camp. It’s just another 2.9 miles to Crawford Creek camp at 3400 feet. Stay at either of these sites for your first night. It makes for a somewhat high mileage day, but tomorrow is a short, beautiful hike.
From Crawford Creek, it’s another 3.1 miles up to Pedro Camp, then it’s a steep 0.8 miles to the junction with Williams Lake. This is a worthy side trip if you have the extra time, but if not, continue on through Dutch Miller Gap to Lake Ivanhoe. Camping here, at the high point of your hike, is definitely worth it, just be sure to find a spot that won’t be impacted by your stay.
It’s all downhill from here. Day three, head 3.4 miles and 1600
feet of elevation downhill to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Continue a further mile to the junction with Trail 1310, and make a left.
You’ll traverse along the north side of Waptus Lake, staying on Trail 1310. From the east end of the lake, it’s another 9 miles down to the trailhead at Salmon La Sac. Whether you want to pack it all into one day, or break it up into two days and camp along the Waptus River trail is your choice.