Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This is indeed an alpine super highway. th payoff is worth every step. On a clear day the views of the surrounding peaks and ridges are unsurpassed. We started out early, (7:30 AM) and had the trail in to ourselves. We saw Grouse and a Red Headed Woodpecker having breakfast. The ponds and meadows off the beaten path were secluded and full of ripe huckleberries. Signs of deer and bear were abundant. The lake is a gem, the mountains inspiring, the air sweet. On the trip out we passed many people walking in to where we had just been. Being able to encourage them in the effort capped off a completely wonderful morning's hike.
Fun hike. Too many people. We arrived early and there weren't too many people at the trailhead. There were quite a few campsites set up around the lake. A handful of people were swimming. We hiked halfway to Gem Lake before turning around. We left the lake around 1 PM and passed many many many more hikers on the way down. This made the switchbacks a bit harder having to pass a party about every 20 yards. Go early or on a week day to avoid the crowds!
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