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Quartz Creek/Lake Blethen

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region
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Length

11.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 3700 ft.

Rating

2.17 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.
 
 

Less of a trail than a road walk, the route up Quartz Creek offers quiet and solitude in the Middle Fork Valley. But despite being a road walk, it's quite rugged; the way is overgrown and many of the bridges that used to span creeks have been washed out. Deep gullies that can prove dangerous to cross are a feature of the trail. 

The route for Quartz Creek is signed at the junction just before the Taylor River bridge, near the new Garfield Ledges trailhead. The road bed is not your typical flat, well-graded climb; as the trail heads towards Lake Blethen, the quality deteriorates, and brush creeps in from both sides. 

The lake itself is unremarkable, but it's quiet. You may run into climbers heading to Rooster Mountain on this trail, but otherwise, you'll likely be solo. 

 

Quartz Creek/Lake Blethen

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5666, -121.5329 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region

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 left onto the Lake Dorothy Road, and 0.3 miles later, arrive at a stop sign, where you will turn left onto the Middle Fork Road. Proceed down this paved road 9.2 miles before arriving at the Garfield Ledges parking area. Quartz Creek trail is just before the bridge spanning the Taylor River.

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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