Shoe Lake

White Pass, Washington

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This is what the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is all about—dancing along a steep, knife-edged ridge at the top of the mountain range. The trail from White Pass climbs through thin forests and crosses stunning alpine meadows, reaching a gorgeous little alpine lake, but it’s the section in the middle—the long traverse under Hogback Mountain—that sets this off as an excellent example of the PCT. Hikers aren't the only heavy users of Shoe Lake Basin. This meadow-rich area along the Cascade crest attracts herds of mule deer, mountain goats, and elk out of the wooded valleys on either side of the crest.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This is what the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is all about—dancing along a steep, knife-edged ridge at the top of the mountain range. The trail from White Pass climbs through thin forests and crosses stunning alpine meadows, reaching a gorgeous little alpine lake, but it’s the section in the middle—the long traverse under Hogback Mountain—that sets this off as an excellent example of the PCT.

Hikers aren't the only heavy users of Shoe Lake Basin. This meadow-rich area along the Cascade crest attracts herds of mule deer, mountain goats, and elk out of the wooded valleys on either side of the crest.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: White Pass
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 hours (day hike—no camping allowed at lake)
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails White Pass No. 303
Driving Directions: Directions to Shoe Lake

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