Lake is worth an afternoon or weekend visit. I opted for a solo day hike.
Trail Notes: The Taylor River Trail starts off
great, it is about 6 feet wide, and relatively flat to Marten Creek, the
trail slowly gets even more narrow the farther you hike. The trail is
compact dirt with spots of 4+ inch rocks. I did not see anyone else on the
trail to the lake.
On the Taylor River trail you
will cross a few creeks and about 100 feet before crossing an old wooden
bridge over Marten Creek (3 miles from the trailhead), the Marten Lake
trail starts on the left (There is a 6+ foot diameter tree on the river
side). The Marten Lake trail is pretty nice, although it does not have
many switchbacks and goes up quite rapidly. On the hike to the lake you go
over and under numerous logs and up a few steep muddy sections--covered
with roots. There are
a few nice waterfalls to catch a glimpse off.
Once you are at the lake there
are a couple nice camping spots near the outlet. (I cleaned up most of the
garbage that was lying around- a cotton towel, a few cans, paper, and
some plastic bags) The lake is set in a big rocky basin, with a small
island on the backside.
Black bear sighting. On the
hike out it was getting dark and just after I passed the road up to
Blethen Lakes I was walking the long straight away and thought I noticed a
‘log’ sticking out of the brush—funny thing is I did not remember
seeing the ‘log on the way in. About 50 yards ahead I suddenly noticed
that the ‘log’ was actually a cinnamon black bear ambling towards me-
I took a few more steps and he finally noticed me, as I was scrambling to
get out my camera he darted in to the brush. I let out a few hollers and
kept walking, I could hear the bear growling and thrashing about in the
brush about 30 yards off the trail. It made my trip; I hardly ever see
wildlife in the Alpine Lakes region- let alone a cinnamon black bear.
There were plenty of bugs
--take some bug spray.
Fishing-- 1st report:
Marten Lake was
completely thawed, some snow was still scattered in the trees. I enjoyed
an 3 hours + of relaxing and fishing. I did not catch any fish, but
probably with a raft and give the fish a few more weeks to get thawed out
and get hungry--fishing will pick up. The outlet offers good fishing
opportunities, most of the lake is brushy along the shoreline—take a
Do it again? Yes, this hike took a little energy but nothing like it
took to get into Dream & Pothole Lakes.
2nd report: great try
some powerbait near the outlet,
and hold on tight to your
rod--there are some whoppers!