Intermediate Snowshoe - Surprise Lake

Surprise Lake

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  • Strenuous
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
6:30 AM at Brickyard PR

We'll follow the trail up along Surprise Creek to Surprise Lake. If conditions are good, we'll continue to Glacier Lake for lunch and a view of Surprise Mountain before heading down.

Approximate distance is 12 miles with 3000' elevation gain.

As always for winter trips, destination may change due to snow or avalanche conditions.

Bring ice axe, winter 10 essentials, snow shoes, poles, etc. Extra gloves/mittens, warm jacket for lunch and rain coat/pants also required. Bring a shovel or avalanche probe if you have one. We'll want several for the group.

Avalanche beacon is not required but always recommended.

The lower section of the trail is often packed snow and ice so Yak Trax or Microspikes or similar are recommended.

Here is a link to printable map of the area:,-121.144094&t;=t2&z;=14


Surprise Lake

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