Day Hike - Snow Lake


Day Hike - Snow Lake

Join us for a pre-Memorial Day hike to Snow Lake - "one of the prettiest spots in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness". The trail goes up above the South Fork Snoqualmie River through forests and over a pass to reach the lake. We will *not* be heading on to Gem Lake.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,925 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,400 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Meet at 8:45 am in Alpental Ski Area parking lot ready to hike - will do introductions, outline route and trail conditions, and discuss group goals. Plan to be hiking at 9:00 am. Northwest Forest pass required.

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 52, signed for Snoqualmie Pass West. Turn left (north), crossing under the freeway. Take the second right, traveling 1.3 miles to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.

This will be a true moderately paced hike...2 mph for 3.6 miles each way with total 1,925 feet of elevation gain. Please know the pace which is comfortable and enjoyable for you. If slower than 2 mph and you think the group will go slower becuase of you, or if you are 1 mph short of a trail runner, this is activity is not a good match. Given that it is starting at a higher elevation already, and that the pace, mileage and gain are moderate, I will look to see what activities participants have done recently and ensure they are in-line with this hike. Please do not be taken aback if I reach out to you with questions or cancel your registration.

This tends to be a popular route. Given Memorial Day weekend, be prepared to see many other hikers and backpackers along the way.

Given the elevation, please ensure you have warm enough layers since may be colder that you might expect at both the trailhead and the lake. Feel free to bring a sack lunch, since we will enjoy the view for ~20 minutes before leaving the lake.


All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.

Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow hikers, the leader asks that you only carpool to the trailhead with other members of your household registered for the same trip. 

All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff), hand sanitizer and a backpack containing the 10 essentials. Wherever possible, all group member will maintain the 6 ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the trailhead.

Full details will be emailed as soon as the trip closes on May 28. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:


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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra not base your clothing choices based on weather where you live! 
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