Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)


Day Hike - Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)

Snow Lake is a moderate 8-mile 1,560 ft total elevation gain round trip hike that we will take at a moderate pace

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  • Thu, Sep 18, 2014
  • RETIRED - Seattle Midweek Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft

Our designated meeting place is Preston P&R off I-90 exit 22 at 8:00 am.

The Snow Lake trail is very popular with good reason. It has great views from ridge above the lake and the lakeside on a clear day. The lake itself is one of the largest and most beautiful in the Snoqualmie region. Midweek in Sept. with an early start it should not be too busy.

I suggest we have lunch by the lake or ruin close by.  We will return the way we came. When I scouted the trail it took about 5 hours including a 30 minute break for lunch. There are vault male and female toilets at the start of the trail and an open one close to the lake, plus cover for a trail separation.

Most of the hike is in the shade but sun screen is still recommended. Bugs could be a bit of a problem so long pants and bug repellant are a good idea


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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