Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)


Day Hike - Snow Lake (Snoqualmie)

A moderate 7 mile hike with 1,500 feet of elevation gain on a trail that rises above the South Fork Snoqualmie River through forests and over a pass to a beautiful large alpine lake with a detour to a viewpoint above little Source Lake on our descent. We will not travel on to Gem Lake

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  • Moderate, Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,650 ft
  • Pace: Average 2 mph moving speed

Meet at 8:30 AM North Bend Safeway parking lot close to the tall Safeway/O'Reilly Auto Parts/Chase Bank sign in the parking lot. It's close to I-90 exit 31.

Directions to meeting place will be emailed to all participants soon after  registration closes at 3 pm on Sept. 26. PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR THIS EMAIL!


If you are hoping for a ride you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and locations you can reach by transit to meet a driver.

 BY REGISTERING THIS LEADER CONSIDERS YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE TRIP. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the wait list it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. THANK YOU!

This is a great moderate late summer/early fall season hike to a beautiful large alpine lake. Please note: we will not be going on to Gem Lake. During our return we will take a side trail to the west. This should give us a view over little Source Lake. The detour will add just under 1 mile round trip to the distance and an extra 200 ft. of elevation gain. 

The map for our day trip is: GT Snoqualmie Pass Gateway #207S

 We will travel at a moderate pass (av. 2 mph). A good level of fitness and stamina is required to register for this trip in view of the distance and elevation gain. It's important that all the group can keep together. So, if you feel a trip of 7 miles and 1,500 ft. elevation gain might be either too strenuous or alternatively not challenging enough please consider if it is right for you.

Full trip details including how to find the meeting place and carpool information provided by participants who have set their profiles to "Open" will be emailed  soon as registration closes at 3 pm on Sept. 26. PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR THIS EMAIL!

Please direct any questions to the trip leader: Chris Ensor 



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
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