Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)


Alpine Scramble - Melakwa, Chair Peak, Gem & Snow Lakes

Gorgeous scramble involving five alpine lakes and three waterfalls, but no summits.

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  • Moderate, Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft

Issaquah Transit Center, 6:30 am

This is a one-way trip from Denny Creek Trailhead to the Snow Lake Trailhead with a car shuttle at the end to return to our cars. Much of the route will be over snow, so snowshoes are required. We will hike past Melakwa, Upper Melakwa, Chair, Gem, and Snow lakes. This will be a dog-friendly trip; you can bring your dog if it can handle the arduous nature of this trip. If time allows, we might add Wright Peak to our itinerary. 


Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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