Surprise Lake & Mountain


Day Hike - Surprise Lake & Mountain

Hike to Surprise Lake, Glacier Lake, and Surprise Mountain.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,330 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 - 3.0 mph

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Sultan Park and Ride located at 1000 West Stevens Avenue, Sultan, Washington 98294.

A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the Surprise Creek trailhead.

The map for this hike is Green Trails Stevens Pass #176

Surprise Lake mirrors a ring of green trees and white granite.  Glacier Lake adds the cliffs of Surprise Mountain, whose summit is the supreme grandstand for viewing the glacial brilliance of Daniel and Hinman, forest deeps of Deception Creek, and peaks from Baring to Monte Cristo to Glacier to Cashmere.


Surprise Lake & Mountain

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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