Surprise and Glacier Lakes

Seattle, Washington 98165

Surprise and Glacier Lakes

Surprise and Glacier Lakes Professional Guide

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"This classic westside hike is accessible rain or shine. Even on a cold, drippy day, when the mountaintops are shrouded in mist, the forest takes on a mystical feel, with its
moss-covered rocks, mushroom-speckled trees, and crystal-clear creek.

Once you have ascended from the valley, you are rewarded with two splendid alpine lakes with great shoreline campsites. If you head out on a weekend, be prepared to share these
gems with others—their proximity to Seattle makes them a hot destination."

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Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"This 9.5-mile hike travels out to a pair of alpine lakes that were once a popular destination for visitors to and residents of the former community of Scenic. The Surprise Creek Trail #1060 begins along a service road running beneath a set of massive power lines. The road quickly transitions into shaded trail, and within 0.5 mile or so the route passes into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Almost immediately you are greeted by expansive stairs, wooden boardwalks, and bridgework. Large portions of the lower trail are composed of this boardwalk, the product of hundreds of hours of trail work. Climb your way past giant cedars and massive hemlocks as you cross creeks and pass the occasional waterfall. In about 1 mile reach Surprise Creek, currently spanned by a single log. Use caution crossing during the winter, when it could be easy to slip into the fast-flowing creek." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6-7 hours+
2,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,000 feet
Top Elevation
Green Trails map: Stevens Pass 176
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Dec 2018