Bear + Deer Lakes

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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Bear + Deer Lakes


  • Stairs leading up to Lake Dorothy.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Inlet ford.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Lake Dorothy.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Trail gets steeper to Bear and Deer Lakes.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Camping at Bear Lake.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Bear Lake.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Bear Lake.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Camping at Deer Lake.- Bear + Deer Lakes
  • Deer Lake.- Bear + Deer Lakes
Overview + Weather
Lakeside camping. Wild berries. Swimming.
Long, rough road to trailhead.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Total Distance: 
11.50 mi (18.51 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,260.00 ft (688.85 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Just up the ridge from well-travelled Lake Dorothy, the twins Bear Lake and Deer Lake offer a more remote backpacking or day hiking experience. Several campsites that are surrounded by tall Douglas firs dot the shores, and you are likely to have your pick of them, especially if you go on a weekday.

Start on the trail to Lake Dorothy, hiking up well-worn log stairs and boardwalks provided by countless volunteer hours. Cross over tumbling Camp Robber Creek and follow the rolling, rocky trail along 2 miles of shore to an inlet crossing. There is no bridge here, but there are rocks that can be used to get across the water when it isn't too high. After this crossing, the trail gets serious about climbing, switchbacking up the ridge over rocks and some fallen trees. In late summer the trail is surrounded by wild blueberries, so stop for a snack and look behind you for views of Dorothy sparkling below.

Once the trail reaches the top of the ridge, it is just a short descent to Bear Lake, and the first few campsites are easy to spot. Less than a half mile further is Deer Lake, which is the slightly less visited of the two. Stop here for the day, or continue on to the even more remote Snoqualmie Lake.

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