Margaret Lake, Lake Laura, Lake Lillian, Rampart & Lila Lakes

Day hikes and backpacks of 6-18 miles with 1,200 to 3,100 feet of elevation gain that follow a beautiful, seldom traveled route along a high ridge past several alpine lakes and down along picturesque waterfalls, much of it in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

getting there

Drive I-90 to Exit 54 (Hyak). Turn right, pass under the interstate and then turn right onto Forest Road 4832 (signed Gold Creek). In about 4 miles, turn left onto Forest Road 4934 and follow it 0.25  mile to the trailhead.

on the trail

Margaret Lake

Follow the trail towards Lake Lillian and in two miles turn right and follow the trail to Margaret Lake. It's a moderate, 6-mile round trip hike with 1,200 ft of elevation gain with a high point of 5,100 ft.

Lake Lillian

Follow the trail towards Lake Lillian and in two miles turn left and follow the trail to Lake Lillian. It's a moderately strenuous, 9-mile round trip hike with 1,500 ft of elevation gain with a high point of 5,300 ft.

Lake Laura & Lake Lillian

An alternate hike to Lake Lillian up a "fisherman's trail"  that passes Lake Laura. It's very steep, easy-to-follow trail, a bit of a scramble in places, but is a much shorter hike to Lake Lillian. To reach it's start, turn left onto Forest Road 136 from Forest Road 4832 and follow it to the parking lot at its end. It's one mile to lake Laura and then another half mile to to Lake Lillian for a total of 32 miles round trip and 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

rampart & lila lakes

From Lake Lillian, continue north to Rampart Lakes and then Lila Lake. This can be a backpack of up to 18 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

notes

  • Fall color is lovely in the area, and camps are available at all the lakes.
  • Scramble Alta Mountain from Lila Lake if your party's up for that.
  • Instead of retracing your steps back to the Margaret Lake-Lake Lillian trailhead consider exiting steeply down past Rachel Lake to make a loop to the Rachel Lake trailhead. Remember to set up a car shuttle.

FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • 5,200 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Day Hike - Lake Lillian

Day Hiking Trip
Hiking through private land and clear-cuts, the trail skirts the summit of Mt Margaret, drops
Tue, Oct 16, 2018
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration closes Oct 14
Foothills Branch
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Titles

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  • Margaret Lake
  • Lake Lillian
  • Lake Laura & Lake Lillian
  • Margaret Lake & Lake Lillian
  • Lake Lillian & Rampart Lakes
  • Lake Lillian & Lila Lake
  • Lake Lillian, Rampart & Lila Lakes
  • Lakes Laura & Lillian, Rampart Lakes
  • Lakes Laura & Lillian, Rampart & Lila Lakes
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