Skyline Lake

Skykomish, Washington 98288

Skyline Lake

Skyline Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A short but strenuous climb to a high alpine lake, buried deep in snow, is
what awaits here. The length of the trail and the steepness with which it
climbs are secondary considerations, however, for snowshoers will find a
remarkable amount of natural beauty and winter wilderness on this route."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"Enjoy a short, 3.0-mile hike and popular snowshoe route up to an alpine lake. The trail begins in the ski area parking lot and follows a gravel service road up the mountainside. During the winter this road is often groomed or otherwise cleared. Follow the road past ski huts and under electrical wires for about 0.25 mile to a green Washington Department of Transportation building. From here you have a choice: You can continue to follow the road as it slowly switches back up the mountain, or you can head straight uphill and cut a lot of distance." Read more

Skyline Lake Reviews

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Good snow, beautiful vista. Steep climb. Bit short though. GPS is the only real way to see the lake, as it's buried in snow.
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First of all...check out the eTrails....great way to preview a book or try out a new area. Now to the snowshoe trip. Our day began as any other, loaded up the Subaru and we were on our way to the mountains. On our way to Leavenworth for the holiday, we decided to do a quick snowshoe trip at Steven's Pass. This route is great for folks just starting or for folks wanted to get away from the crowds at the ski area. Parking is in the lot across from the main ski area...really easy to find. From the parking lot, we snowshoed pass families sledding on the lower slopes by a few cabins. Soon enough the snow covered logging road began to gain a little elevation...but don't be afraid of that (We saw a 5 year old out here snowshoeing.) There were lot's of opportunity to "cut" some of the switchbacks to explore some of the wooded wonders. Routefinding was a peice of cake. We climbed for under an hour. As we reached the top, the wind picked up quite strongly. We chose not to continue to the radio tower...although we were really close. We paused and had lunch as we watched hundreds of skier and snowboarders enjoying themselves on the slopes across from us. A short jaunt down the slope, pausing to jump some drifts and avoid some sledders. Then back to the car and off to Leavenworth for some sangria. jo

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
December through early April
Additional Use
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Benchmark Mountain No. 144, Stevens Pass No. 176
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018