Trip

Day Hike - Margaret Lake

This 10 mile hike, with 2400 feet elevation gain, visits an abandoned fire lookout site south of Stampede Pass.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

8:30AM at the Preston Park & Ride (North side of I-90, Exit 22).

Carpooling to our meeting place and from there to our trailhead east of Snoqualmie Pass is encouraged. it's a 90 miles roundtrip drive to from Preston to the trailhead. For any members or guests travelling from the east of the Cascades we can fix a meeting place closer to the trailhead.

 

 

Possible Trip Changes: In view of the weather forecast for Aug. 14 of thunderstorms and 90% chance of rain the leaders have come up with two alternative hikes:

1. We will park 1/2 mile short of where we were planning to park and walk the road to the "Trailhead" on the PCT.  This would end up making the hike 11 miles round-trip. 

2. If when we meet on Aug. 14 we find the weather is really bad we will hike to Margaret Lake ~ just east of Snoqualmie Pass.  Ok road to drive on if wet.  Nice alpine lake with peak above it.  Official developed trail with some hiking in big trees and some in huckleberry fields.  At 6 mi & 1900' gain it is shorter, so less time in the rain and/or lightning.  If the weather becomes better during the day, we could extend on boot-path another .6 mi/250' gain to Mount Margaret's false summit and views of the lake & beyond (including Rainier if it is not hiding). 

For both these alternatives or if we find the original route to Snowshoe Butte is doable we will turn around if there is serious lightning.

We will make a decision when we meet with our participants at Preston P&R, same time as posted: 8:30 am and then meet our other participant coming from the east at the Travelers Rest on Snoqualmie Pass at 9am.

Original Proposed Route Posted:

We will hike for 4 miles south on the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning with its intersection with a rough unnamed road south of Stampede Pass. The next 1 mile of the route follows a combination of boot paths, old roads and abandoned Cascade Crest Trail to an abandoned fire lookout site with expansive views (weather permitting).

We will take the hike at a moderate pace. A good level of fitness and stamina is required.

Access to the trailhead is via a bumpy forest road with potholes. Higher clearance vehicles with 4 or all wheel drive will manage this best. We will hopefully have at least 2 such vehicles to carpool in on our trip. Carpooling to our meeting place and from there to our trailhead east of Snoqualmie Pass is encouraged. it's a 90 miles roundtrip drive from Preston to the trailhead. For any members or guests travelling from the east of the Cascades we can fix a meeting place closer to the trailhead. All vehicles left at the trailhead require a NW Forest Pass.

The map for out day hike is: GT Snoqualmie Pass Gateway #207S

This hike will be co-led by Ralph Owen and Chris Ensor. Ralph scouted the route with his wife Peggy and will show the way. Questions should be directed to Chris: ctrails@comcast.net 206-794-5198


Route/Place

Margaret Lake


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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