Day Hike - Snow Lake


Day Hike - Snow Lake

Casual-paced day hike to scenic Snow Lake

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft

Meet at 8am at Alpental Ski Area parking lot which is adjacent to the Snow Lake Trailhead. Please be on-time and ready to go. Participants encouraged to set up carpooling on own. An email will go out to all participants the day before. Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent required for parking.

To get to Alpental Ski Area: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 52, signed for Snoqualmie Pass West. Exit then 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. We will meet at the edge of the parking lot closest to the trailhead.

Snow Lake is a popular hike with beautiful scenery.  This will be a casual-paced hike with photo taking opportunities. We will pace to the slowest person and hike together as a group; however, please note that this is a  7 mile hike with approximately 1800 feet of total elevation gain, so everyone should have enough fitness as it relates to ascending and descending.  We will have lunch at Snow Lake and hang out for approximately 30-40 minutes and head back. The trail is rocky in spots and has some natural features requiring good balance, so sturdy-soled shoes/boots with good traction are required and trekking poles are HIGHLY encouraged especially for the descent. Please contact 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
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. 2 Trekking poles
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