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Washington Backcountry Trails

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Dorothy and Pugsley Lakes

Dorothy Lake

Definition of terms below
Location: By Stevens Pass
Directions: Head out Hwy 2 towards Stevens Pass, turn off at the Miller Creek Road and follow it to the end of the road and the trailhead.
Difficulty: Easy hike into Dorothy, bushwhack into Pugsley 
Elevation +/- 4100 ft elevation elevation gain to Pugsley Lake
Distance: 6.5 Miles Roundtrip
Rating: 8 out of 10
Fishing: Okay
Scenery: Rugged, big lake, lots of people around Dorothy
Map: Printable Topo Map


Dorothy Lake is well worth a visit if it is not a weekend in the summer-otherwise half of Washington will be up there with you. I have been there when the road had so many cars on it that the hike just to get to the trailhead was almost as long as the hike from the trailhead to Dorothy Lake.

On this particular trip we headed into Dorothy Lake and going into Lake Pugsley was an afterthought. We hiked into Dorothy blew up our rafts and rowed to the back side where the outlet from Pugsley comes in. We camped there and in the morning bushwhacked up to Lake Pugsley. There was still a bunch of snow at Pugsley so fishing was out of the question. 

On our hike out the park ranger said she does not see many people with rafts up at Dorothy-- let alone camping on the back side of the lake. 

There are some good spots to camp on the back side of Dorothy and some nicer ones up at Pugsley--- and you probably won't have any camping neighbors.

Fishing-- Okay

 Do it again? Maybe, if I wanted to take someone on a short hike into the wilderness and do a short bushwhack into a lake.

Please Note: There is not a trail to Pugsley Lake, it may be a dangerous adventure if you are not an experienced backcountry nut and/or don't have the correct equipment.

Other Links:
Dorothy Lake Report

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