Taylor River


Backpack - Snoqualmie, Deer & Bear Lakes

Explore four mountain lakes and the Taylor River--several waterfalls and likely some snow travel and/or snow camping. The usual challenges and joys of a late fall trip await the adventurer.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 25.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,723 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,850 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph

Friday 10 AM at Middle Fork Campground/Snoqualmie Lake TH

Phase 2 Trip.  We will observe all Mountaineers' protocol for a Covid safe trip. Bringing a cloth face cover and hand sanitizers and/or biodegradable  soap is required.


Day 1:

TH to Snoqualmie Lake, 8.1 miles, 2,382' gain, 272' loss.  Set up camp for two nights

Day 2:

Explore further up the trail to Deer, Bear and Dorothy Lakes. 9 miles RT, 2069' gain and loss.  Return to Snoqualmie Lake for second night.

Day 3:  Out to TH 8.1 miles, 272' gain, 2,382' loss.  Optional boot path trip to the top of Otter Falls.

This is a leader's permission required trip.  When requesting permission please tell me trips you have been on this season that demonstrate your proper conditioning for this trip. Please also acknowledge that this is a late fall trip and you both understand and are willing to endure/enjoy cold temperatures, 13+ hours of darkness, snow travel and possibly camping on top of snow.  You also need to acknowledge that you have cold weather clothing and gear for the trip.  A four season tent is not required.  Microspikes, gaiters and two trekking poles, however, are required. This trip has a high likelihood of being cancelled or changed depending on snow depth, and temperatures and precipitation.  The forecast needs to allow the trip to be doable, safe and fun.


Taylor River

  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S

    Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness

    Green Trails Mt Si No. 174

    Green Trails Skykomish No. 175
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp-important if wet or snowy
  • Stove and fuel
  • extra fuel, beyond what you would bring in the summer
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • microspikes
  • two trekking poles
  • gaiters
  • extra warm clothings (layers), hat, gloves
  • extra pair of gloves and socks
  • extra batteries for headlamp
  • complete extra set of clothing, incase you get wet
  • chemical hand/feet warmers
  • fire starter
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