Pack a fishing pole and a camera. There are many meal-sized trout in this basin’s lakes, and there are endless views to enjoy both on the trail and at the trail’s end. The route pierces the old-growth for-est in the valley as it enters the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and leads to glorious examples of the wilderness’s namesake lakes. Hester Lake sprawls below Mount Price, and short scrambles are possible to Little Hester Lake and the scenic ridges around the basin.
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Louise led a private hike to Hester Lake so that she could bag one of the Alpine Lakes. There was a haze in the air from the east Cascade wildfires begun a few days earlier.
Participants include Louise Kornreich (leader), Nicole Hansen, Yelena E. Gogeshvili, and Suzanne Gerber.
Reference: Green Trails Skykomish No. 175. Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, No. 39 Dingford Creek-Hester Lake.
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 Mid-dle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 12.5 miles to the junction with Taylor Riv-er Road. Pass that junction to continue east on Forest Road 5620 about 5 miles to the Dingford Creek trailhead.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5174,-121.4542)
Forest Service Pass required.
11.0 miles, 2770.5 ft. gain, 8 hrs 46 min.