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Nordrum Lake

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area
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Length

19.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 4172 ft.
Highest Point: 3675 ft.

Rating

2.88 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
 
 

A steep and seldom traveled trail settled in what is now Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Nordrum Lake provides giant old-growth conifers, rivers, streams, waterfalls – and quite a workout! This narrow path cuts off the Taylor River/Snoqualmie Lake trail after about 6.5 miles, and doesn’t stop climbing until you reach the lake at about 3675’. But don’t worry, the giant cedars and firs provide shade throughout the entirety of the hike, keeping you cool on even the hottest of summer days.

Beginning at the Snoqualmie Lake Trailhead, hike along the mostly flat Taylor River Trail for 6.5 miles, catching glimpses of the river, along with multiple waterfalls. 6.5 miles in, you will come to a Y in the trail. To the left is marked for Snoqualmie, Deer, Bear, and Dorothy Lakes. Keep right for Nordrum Lake. Before long, the trail will bring you right to the river, where you will need to cross using a downed tree or two. This may prove to be tricky in the spring but poses little risk when the run-off is mostly gone for the season. The trail then begins to narrow, and carve its way through soft earth, roots, and moss. GPS and route-finding skills will become your best friend for the remainder of the trail. When in doubt, search around for the many well-placed cairns and tape pieces, marking crucial turns.

About 1.5 miles from the Y, the trail will approach a smooth rock waterfall. Cairns and tape will mark that you need to cross here. Gauge your comfort level with the seasonal water level and determine if you should cross or turn back.

Another .5 miles and you will approach a small boulder field with multiple downed trees. Immediately cut up the hill along the largest downed tree, and cut right upon hitting the top of it. You will see the trail continuing ahead.

Most of the climbing has been completed at this point – the trail will flatten once or twice, before a short but steep descent into the lake basin. Enjoy the large, extremely deep lake, surrounded by mountains and talus slopes. Exploring the lake can prove to be rather difficult with the thick brush all around, so kick back and enjoy this quiet lake – most likely all to yourself.

 

Nordrum Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5614, -121.5322 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

Nordrum Lake (#1004)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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Getting There

Drive I-90 to exit 34. Turn left under the freeway onto 468th Ave SE. After 0.6 miles, turn right onto the Middle Fork Road SE. After 2.2 miles, turn right onto the Lake Dorothy Road. Continue straight onto the Middle Fork road, and proceed down this paved road 9.2 miles before arriving at the Garfield Ledges parking area.

The trailhead is half a mile down the closed road leading north out of the parking area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Trail Closed: The Snoqualmie Lake trailhead and trail will be closed beginning October 18 for trailhead expansion and toilet installation. The 5640 road that leads to the trailhead will also be closed for road improvements to facilitate construction. It is anticipated that the construction will occur for about a month. This timeline will be updated as the Forest Service progress’s through the project.
 

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