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Mount Margaret

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass
47.3648, -121.3584 Map & Directions
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,000 feet
Highest Point
5,459 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
View towards northwest. Photo by vikr, Sept 2021. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

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Northwest Forest Pass
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Hike up an abandoned road, through a logged area, and into mature forest on the edge of the Alpine Lakes wilderness. What the trail lacks in ruggedness is more than made up for by the quantity of berries that line the trail. Continue reading

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Hiking Mount Margaret

Mount Margaret sits just outside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and mostly follows an old logging road. It has incredible views to north and east and a bounty of berries in the late summer and fall.

The trail starts with a short (500 feet) walk along Forest Road 4934. Turn left onto the decommissioned road and continue for about half mile. In this section, you'll gain almost 500 feet but the way never feels that steep. Turn left off the road to follow the direction sign for hikers.

The next half mile slows the gain, gaining elevation quickly, as you pass through a recently logged area and encounter a junction with another decommissioned road one mile from the trailhead. Continue on the trail, and you will enter mature second growth forest at 1.5 miles. The logged area is full of blueberries and is on its way to recovering fully.

As you climb higher, views of the South Cascades open up and Mount Rainier rises above the horizon. The last half a mile of climbing to the ridge is on beautiful trail with well-planned switchbacks. At two miles, the trail meets the Lake Lillian Trail.

Follow the Lake Lillian Trail for another half mile, gaining and losing only a hundred feet of elevation. At 2.5 miles from the trailhead, once you pass the boulder field, look for an unmarked trail or bootpath on the right. It is easy to miss it. Sometimes, there is a cairn of rocks there to help you spot it.

Follow the steep uphill trail for a quarter mile gaining 250 feet and arrive at the Mount Margaret summit with a steep drop on three sides and views to the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

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Hike Description Written by
John Soltys, WTA Correspondent

Mount Margaret

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.3648, -121.3584 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Take I-90 east, and exit 54 southeast of Snoqualmie Pass and head north and then east on the frontage road which is on the north side of the freeway. Take Forest Road 4832 east to Road 4934, then drive a half-mile northeast on 4934 to the trailhead. Distance from I-90 is about 4.5 miles.

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Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

Lake Lillian Trail (#1332)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (Mountaineers Books) by Dan Nelson

Buy the Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S map

Buy the Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207 map

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