CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Marten Lake

A CHS hike along the Taylor River to Otter Falls and Marten Lake. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meet at 7:30 am at Tibbets P&R to carpool to the trailhead, depart at 7:45. We will carpool to Garfield Ledges Trailhead / Parking, NW Forest Pass Required.

Directions to the Tibbetts Valley Park & Ride

Take exit 15 (WA-900 W/17th Avenue NW) off I-90 eastbound.  Take a right at the bottom of the ramp. Drive approximately ½ mile and turn left on Newport Way NW.  Take the first right into the Tibbetts Valley Park & Ride. (Not the multi-level parking garage on your left.)  Drive past the Skate park. We will meet at the far end of the parking lot.

Directions to the Garfield Ledges Trailhead Parking area

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Street and follow it about 0.3 miles to the junction with the signed Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Turn right and head up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Where the road forks with the Lake Dorothy Road, stay right and proceed straight onto the Middle Fork Road.

Stay on this road for 9.2 miles, passing the Middle Fork Snoqualmie trailhead and crossing a large bridge into the parking area for Garfield Ledges. A self-service Northwest Forest Pass station is back down the road at the Middle Fork Trailhead, and a pit toilet is available at the large graveled parking area.

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

We should be at the trailhead by 8:30 am and ready to hike at 8:45. 

 We may need microspikes  depending on the next few weeks of weather conditions (I hope to scout it prior to our hike and will be watching for other trip reports).

This hike will be a full day so please don’t sign up if you need to be back at a specific time. We will likely make a quick stop by Rio Bravo in North Bend for a meal/snack on the way back. 

Details will be emailed to registered participants a few days before the hike. We will be hiking for about 5-6 hours including brief stops for views and snacks.

Current weather here:  National Weather Service


Taylor River

  • Green Trails Mt Si No. 174

    Green Trails Skykomish No. 175

    Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174SX

    Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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