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Washington Backcountry Trails

The forest around the lake

Aaron and his fish

Blethen Lake

Lake Blethen

Definition of terms below
Location: Middle Fork of Snoqualmie River 
Directions: Head out I-90, to North Bend take exit 34, get on the Taylor River road, onto FR 56 to the gate and park in the lot.
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation +/- 1600 ft elevation gain
Distance: 7+ miles round trip
Rating: 6 out of 10
Fishing: Great
Scenery: Okay
Map: Printable Topo Map


Lake Blethen is a pretty lake with very little use.

You hike up the gated road and hang a left on FR 5640, the first road to your left. Then you hike up this road to the end, which is no easy task because it is almost all uphill-but hey your on a road so it is easier. 

The as the road diminishes you cross over a sagging wooden bridge then through a creek bed then you are on a trail. And a brushy trail I might add. Keep on hiking on this faint trail and you will be led right to the lake. 

We set up camp on the outlet, it looked like somebody had pitched a tent here before. The lake is set in a beautiful little basin.

Fishing- down right great. We used a No 2 red and white Mepps spinner. We packed in rafts which made this brushy shoreline very fishable.

Do it again? Yes

Other Links:
A great Northwest web page with more info on Blethen Lake

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