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    Marmot Lake and Jade Lake Hike

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    Very Hard
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    33.3 km
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    1,306 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Marmot Lake and the further-out Jade Lake are hefty objectives in a day, but it can be done. More likely, you may wish to make use of the various campsites on the trail to stretch this trek into a backpack. The trail is almost 33.8 km long with considerable elevation gain. There are steep ascents, river crossings, and routefinding exercises aplenty. Come prepared with plenty of supplies and a downloaded route.

    Expect heavy traffic along this route. The views are wonderful, especially as you reach the coveted but isolated lakes.

    The road to the trailhead is heavily potholed and thus should be driven with care. There is also a shallow river crossing on the road, so a high-clearance vehicle is preferable. We don’t recommend attempting this trip if it’s still snowy.

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    Route Description for Marmot Lake and Jade Lake Hike

    Reaching Marmot Lake is tough. It’s a long trip with demanding terrain. What’s even more tough is reaching the isolated Jade Lake, separated from Marmot by a tricky rockfield. Those who take on this exciting adventure will be well rewarded by the beauty of these two spots.

    The trip to Marmot and Jade is possible as a long day trip if you can’t afford the time to backpack or prefer not to. Begin early, choose a day with good weather, and come prepared to make miles. We recommend waiting for snow-free days and bringing microspikes, poles, and plenty of water.

    There are two ways to get to Marmot Lake. This guide follows the route from the Tucquala Meadows Trailhead. Beginning from the trailhead, take the obvious route. It’s gradual and consistent to Hyas Lake. Come to a junction 7.1 km in where you’ll continue straight.

    1.0 km later, you’ll arrive at Deception Pass. From here, turn north onto the Lake Clarice Trail. Descend for three miles to another junction.

    Here, go left towards Marmot Lake, which is under a mile away. Rest for a moment here. The hike gets a bit complicated between Marmot and Jade; you’ll need to go to the very end of the lake to a rockfield. Look for the cairns that lead you to a sort of waterfall, which you’ll pass.

    We highly recommend paying close attention to a downloaded GPS track as you navigate between the two lakes. The trail is not obvious whatsoever.

    Arrive at Jade Lake and soak up the sights and the (hopeful) solitude. This is, in a few hiker’s opinions, one of the prettiest lakes in the state. When you’re ready, it’s back down the same way you came up all the way to the trailhead.

    Remember to Leave No Trace as you hike in this area. Campsites fill early, so plan to hike early if you’re backpacking.

    Hiking Route Highlights

    Jade Lake

    Little Jade Lake is a hidden gem in the Snoqualmie REgion, just outside of the bounds of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This bright turquoise lake is tucked into a mountain-clad valley, fed by the Lynch Glacier. While it’s challenging to reach, its sublime beauty draws day hikers and backpackers alike. Hikers to Jade can enjoy Marmot Lake en route.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you drive to Jade Lake?

    Jade Lake is only accessible by foot.

    Yes, you can swim in Jade Lake. Be prepared for chilly waters.

    What makes Jade Lake that color?

    Jade Lake has glacial silt to thank for its unbelievable shade of blue.

    Insider Hints for Marmot Lake and Jade Lake Hike

    • Remember your Northwest Forest Pass for this hike.
    • Make a side trip to Pea Soup if you have the time, another beautiful lake.
    • A downloaded GPS track can be very helpful for the final approach to the lake.
    • Campsites on this route fill up early.

    Getting to the Marmot Lake and Jade Lake Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Marmot Lake and Jade Lake hike is at a parking area near the end of Cle Elum Valley Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Various backcountry

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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