A thronged subalpine lake ringed by forest and heather gives a good look at 6684-foot Big Snow Mountain, monarch of the vicinity, and for the doughty, intriguing explorations away from the crowds, up ridges where the wild boots go. Independence Day hike up the Dingford Creek Trail No. 1005 to Myrtle Lake. Participants include Louise Kornreich (leader), Nicole Hansen (co-leader), Siv Hjorth, Becky Kim, Terry Smith, Marina Bogdeva, Andrew Bound, and Linda Fairchild.
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Reference: Green Trails Skykomish, No. 175. “100 Hikes in the Alpine Lakes” by Vicky Spring, Ira Spring & Harvey Manning
From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 (Edgewick Road). Turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 12.5 miles to the junction with Taylor River Road. Pass that junction to continue east on Forest Road 5620 about 5 miles to the Dingford Creek trailhead, elevation 1400 ft.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5174,-121.4542)
NW Forest Pass required.