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Jade Lake in Washington

Beautiful Alpine Lakes Wilderness is one of Washington's most beautiful hiking destinations

Best time: June–September

Jade Lake
Jade Lake
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This amazing lake got its name due to azure waters that flow from Lynch Glacier. Jade Lake is located in Snoqualmie Region, part of Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This beautiful section of Central Cascades features dozens of lakes. The trails to Jade Lake will also take hikers to Marmot and Clarice lakes, no less fascinating.

A 32-km (20-mi) trail to Jade and Marmot Lakes with an elevation gain of 1,317 m (4,324 ft) begins at the Deception Pass Trailhead. After a short walk hikers pass Hyas Lake, then they can make a detour to visit Tuck and Robin Lakes or take the trail straight to Marmot, Clarice, and Jade Lakes. It is about 6 km (4 mi) to get from Deception Pass to Marmot Lake.

Marmot features lots of campsites on its eastern shore, where it's possible to stay for a night or two. It is also suitable for swimming. A hike from Marmot Lake to Jade Lake is another 1 hour and 30 minutes. Glaciers feed Jade Lake, and it's possible to take a dip if you are not afraid of cold water. It features a few scenic cliffs and waterfalls. It's best to make this trail from June to September. There are plenty of wildflowers and goats to watch along the way.

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What is the best time to visit Jade Lake, Washington?

The perfect time to head to Jade Lake is in summer, specifically from June to September. It's the best hiking weather, and you'll bask in the beautiful wildflowers that are in full bloom. If you're thinking of camping, the closest campsites to Jade Lake are by Marmot Lake. However, visitors ought to be aware that the Alpine Lake Wilderness lands can be closed outside the hiking season. Show more

Where is Jade Lake located?

Jade Lake is located in the Central Cascades of the state of Washington, USA. More specifically, in the Snoqualmie Region, nestled in the expansive Alpine Lakes Wilderness. To reach the lake, visitors must use the trailhead situated at Deception Pass and walk through the wilderness past Clarice Lakes and Marmot Lakes, covering an estimated hike of 32 kilometers, which is well worth the trek once you see the spectacular scenery and lakes. Show more

What is the total distance of the trail from Deception Pass to Jade and Marmot Lakes?

The trail spans about 32 kilometers, which visitors must hike from Deception Pass Trailhead to the picturesque Jade and Marmot Lakes. The trek involves an elevation gain of 1,317 meters and offers beautiful sights like Hyas Lakes, Tuck and Robin Lakes, Clarice Lakes, and thrilling wildlife along the way. It's hiker-friendly and ideally suited for anyone to explore and relish the experience, sightsee, camp and even indulge in some fishing. Show more

Are there any campsites near Jade Lake?

The campsites closest to Jade Lake can be found in Marmot Lake, about 6 kilometers from the trailhead at Deception Pass. Its proximity to Jade Lake makes it an excellent site for campers looking to explore the area. However, visitors must comply with campfire policies and obtain a camping license. Additionally, anyone visiting the region must purchase a Washington Discover Pass due to the land's designation as part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Show more

What kind of wildlife can be seen along the trail to Jade Lake?

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is home to plenty of diverse wildlife that visitors can encounter while on the trail. Expect to spot a variety of species like goats, deer, bears, and different bird species. The nearby lakes are also home to a wide range of fish, particularly trout, caught using appropriate fishing licenses. However, visitors must observe caution and keep a safe distance from any wildlife encountered, not to pose a hazard to themselves or disrupt the animals' natural habitat. Show more

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