Surprise Lake

Skykomish, Washington 98288

Surprise Lake

Surprise Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail climbs a narrow side valley above the Skykomish River, offering pretty views, sparkling waterfalls, and deep forest environments to
explore and experience."

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Peter Stekel
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"For such an obscure trailhead, the way up to Surprise Lake (and beyond) gets a lot of foot traffic. This probably has to do with the trail’s proximity to Surprise Creek (along with its many waterfalls) and the large number of campsites at the lake. Numerous avalanche chutes provide prime wildflower viewing in spring, and views upcanyon from the lake to cliffs and crags are very impressive. More adventurous hikers can hook up with the Pacific Crest Trail to points farther north or south, create a backpacking loop with Deception Creek (Forest Service Trail 1059), or utilize many other trails on a multiday excursion to reach Salmon La Sac (car shuttle needed)." Read more

Surprise Lake Reviews

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Perfect winter hiking. Bring the snow shoes and some adventurousness, because crossing "snow bridges" over running creeks is a bit scary. Nothing but fun the whole way though. We took 3 days and camped and snowshoed. Winter parking and over night parking were no problem. There is also a hotspring somewhere near by that is not in the Might want to check it out locally.
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A really nice hike up in great snow conditions. Be prepared for numerous creek crossings (meaning really high snowbanks to climb), but no really hard stuff. The route is easy to find and if you loose it, just head back to Surprise Creek and you'll find it again. While your hiking in the trees be sure to look up and see the ridges that surround you. You might be surprised. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
December through early April
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Stevens Pass No. 176
Local Maps

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Dec 2018