Backpack - Snoqualmie Lake


Backpack - Snoqualmie Lake

We will hike 19 miles round-trip, gaining 2,100 ft from the trailhead to camp at Snoqualmie Lake. We will see deep forest, waterfalls, Garfield Mountain (weather permitting), and the slopes surrounding Snoqualmie Lake. If we arrive at camp with time to spare, we might go further to get a broader view.

  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 19.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

We will meet early on the morning of June 30. Meeting location will be determined after registration closes.

This trip is intended for novice backpackers and others wanting to prepare for more challenging hikes later in the season. However, this is not an “easy” route. We will try to average 1.5 mph, but will be flexible with individuals’ limitations. This trip is not for speed-hikers, as speed won’t be the priority. There will be several minor stream crossings but no significant route challenges. (There may be some snow remnants at Snoqualmie Lake.)

All drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass. We will discuss transportation arrangements after registration has closed. While sharing of tents and stoves is fine, if you have new gear that you want to try out this is a good chance to do it. This trip will happen rain or shine, unless conditions are unsafe (in which case it will be canceled).

Dogs will be allowed with permission. Dogs must have done well on at least two comparable or harder previous Mountaineers backpacking trips.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which include:

  • Snow-sealed hiking boots
  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter or purification tablets
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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