Mirror Lake

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

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Mirror, mirror, in the mountains: where’s the fairest lake of all? Truth be told, the answer isn’t Mirror Lake—there are far finer lakes in these lake-rich mountains. But Mirror Lake is arguably the fairest lake of all in the area south of Snoqualmie Pass. This region has been ravaged by logging, and the few pockets of undisturbed wildlands generally are unremarkable. But Mirror Lake sits in a deep basin alongside the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Forests line much of the water’s edge, but there are plenty of clear banks where you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy the marvelous views over the lake and beyond to the mountains ringing the basin. Sit quietly and you might see kingfishers in the trees or diving on the resident trout. There’s also a host of deer living in the region and they make frequent visits to the lake basin for water and rich forage.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Mirror, mirror, in the mountains: where’s the fairest lake of all? Truth be told, the answer isn’t Mirror Lake—there are far finer lakes in these lake-rich mountains. But Mirror Lake is arguably the fairest lake of all in the area south of Snoqualmie Pass.

This region has been ravaged by logging, and the few pockets of undisturbed wildlands generally are unremarkable. But Mirror Lake sits in a deep basin alongside the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Forests line much of the water’s edge, but there are plenty of clear banks where you can sit in the sunshine and enjoy the marvelous views over the lake and beyond to the mountains ringing the basin. Sit quietly and you might see kingfishers in the trees or diving on the resident trout. There’s also a host of deer living in the region and they make frequent visits to the lake basin for water and rich forage.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Snoqualmie Pass
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy to Moderate
Season & Limits: July–Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Driving Directions: Directions to Mirror Lake

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