Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)


Day Hike - Snow Lake

Casual-paced hike up to Snow Lake

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft

Meet 8am at the Alpental Parking lot adjacent to the Snow Lake trailhead. Please be on-time and ready to go.  Participants encouraged to set up carpools on own. An email will go out to all participants the day before. Northwest Forest Pass required for parking.

To get to Alpental Ski Area: 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.

Snow Lake is a popular hike with beautiful scenery.  This will be a casual-paced hike and we will pace to the slowest person; however, please note that this is a  7 mile hike with approximately 1800 feet of total elevation gain.  We will have lunch at Snow Lake and hang out for 30-40 minutes (or maybe a little longer if conditions are right) and then head back down. Sturdy soled shoes/boots with good traction are suggested as well as trekking poles.


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. Sturdy soled shoes/boots
  12. Trekking poles
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