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Dingford Creek-Myrtle Lake

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area
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Length

11.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 3800 ft.

Rating

3.80 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2020
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

After a tooth-rattling drive up the six mile Dingford road, pull into the trailhead for Dingford Creek. From here, several destinations are at your disposal. Head downhill to access the Middle Fork River Trail or Goldmyer Hot Springs, where reservations are required. Or, you can venture around the gate along the Old Middle Fork Road to Dutch Miller Gap and beyond.

But with Myrtle Lake as your destination, you'll take the trail marked for Dingford Creek. Begin climbing immediately after leaving the trailhead. The trail leads you steeply up the hillside as you pass moss-covered boulders -- glacial erratics from a time when this area was covered by ice. Watch your step here; the rocks are underfoot as well as alongside the trail, and can create a tripping hazard.

As you hike through second-growth hemlocks, you're accompanied by birdsong and rushing water from Dingford Creek to your right. About a mile in you'll pass the adorably named Pumpkinseed Falls fed by Pumpkinseed Lake high above. Take a moment to appreciate the water that glides down a 25-foot granite face into a tiny pool before running off as Pumpkinseed Creek to feed the river below. In summer, the pool provides an excellent spot to splash your face before continuing on.

After the falls the trail levels off and traverses through meadows full of vegetation including Devils Club, and more pleasantly, salmonberry. Expect to make several stream crossings that can be a bit tricky in high water before finally getting to a fork at three miles in.

To get to Myrtle Lake, take the left fork. The trail begins to climb again here, and you'll have two and a half miles of lengthy, sometimes overgrown switchbacks to get to Myrtle Lake. Once there, take a load off and enjoy the quiet of the lake. For the intrepid, a faint, mile-long trail leads to small Upper Myrtle Lake at 4,200 feet.

 

Dingford Creek-Myrtle Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5172, -121.4552 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- North Bend Area

Dingford Creek (#1005)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Skykomish No. 175

Getting There

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road. Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 12 miles to the large Middle Fork trailhead parking area on the right. Pass the parking area and turn right onto a gravel road immediately after crossing a large concrete bridge. The road is marked for Dingford and Dutch Miller Gap. Continue six miles on a heavily potholed road to a gate. Passes and privy are available at the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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