Snow Lake Trail

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, Washington

Distance1.7mi
Elevation Gain1,560ft
Trailhead Elevation4,150ft
Top4,404ft
Elevation Min/Max3877/4404ft
Elevation Start/End4150/4150ft

Snow Lake Trail

Snow Lake Trail is a hiking trail in King County, Washington. It is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 4,150 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,560 feet. Along the trail there are a water and a water. This trail connects with the following: Rock Creek Trail and High Lakes Trail.

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Best Dog Hikes Washington (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Wogan
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"The popular (25,000 annual visitors) route up to Snow Lake swarms with people during summer, and finding a place to hang out along the lake’s rocky beach is close to impossible on sunny weekends. Still, the lake sits within a gorgeous setting and should not be missed. A fall excursion to pick huckleberries is bound to find fewer people on the trail. Such is the popularity of the lake that even a rainy day sees plenty of visitors but at least no crowds. In spring, fields of wildflowers bloom at regular intervals along the trail—another reason for the lake’s popularity." Read more
Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"The popular (25,000 annual visitors) route up to Snow Lake swarms with people during summer, and finding a place to hang out along the lake’s rocky beach is close to impossible on sunny weekends. Still, the lake sits within a gorgeous setting and should not be missed. An excursion in the fall to pick huckleberries is bound to find fewer people. Such is the popularity of the lake that even a rainy day sees plenty of visitors but at least no crowds. In spring, fields of wildflowers bloom at regular intervals along the trail—another reason for the lake’s popularity." Read more
Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"The route begins by heading to Source Lake but pushes on past that easy-to-reach day-hiking destination and climbs steeply to crest the saddle separating Snow Lake from the South Fork Snoqualmie River drainage. This makes for a rigorous outing but one well worth the effort—especially for those seeking a winter camping destination." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"Snow Lake is one of the most popular hikes in the Snoqualmie Pass area. The trail, though, is long and steep for children and has endured erosion from the constant stream of hikers. My own kids rebelled at backpacking it when they were eight, nine, and ten, and we bivouacked along the way. But the next day, seeing the lake, they wished they’d kept going and camped there; we returned to do so several times. The rugged and beautiful setting—tall cliffs on one side and vast valley on the other—make it memorable for hikers of all ages." Read more

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10/29/2006
A brilliant hike on a cool, sunny day!! Not many hikers this time a year but enough to make you feel comfortable in their company when hiking solo. The lake was all it was remarked to be and more!! Thanks so much for trails.com!!
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9/3/2006
Great hike! It was a beautiful in the 80’s Saturday Sept 2nd summer day and the lake and views were simply gorgeous. The fair amount of folks with & without dogs on leash kept things interesting along the trail. This was my siggy's initiation hike & he deemed hiking a good pre ski season work out. It took us 2 hours to make the trek to Snow Lake and 1.5 hours out. We ate our lunch and lingered by the lake's edge, dangling tired feet in the crisp, cold water. Wild blueberries were in abundance in the area's down by the lake. We were glad to have packed plenty of water as the hot, dry day warranted the consumption of lots of water. All in all a great first hike :)
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11/5/2005
This was an excellent first snowhoe outing of the season, as the first big storm of '05 to hit the Cascades has moved through. I was able to use my snowshoes all the way up the trail, starting at the trailhead, without any problems. There is plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the trail now, as not too many people are on it yet. The lake is beautiful - not frozen over, however.
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8/19/2005
Far too many people and dogs for an enjoyable day in the mountains.
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8/8/2005
Not too difficult and a lot of bang for your buck.
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Trail Information

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Wildflowers
Features
Alpine Lakes Protection Society (ALPS): www.alpinelakes.org. Middle Fork Snoqualmie; www.midforc.org. Mount Baker– Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend Office, 42404 SE North Bend Way, North Bend 98045; (425) 888-1421; www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/recreation
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 207: Snoqualmie Pass; USGS Snoqualmie Pass; USDAFS Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Alpine Lakes Wilderness; DeLorme: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 65 A-5
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