Intermediate Snowshoe - Surprise Lake & Glacier Lake

Surprise Lake & Glacier Lake

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6:15 AM at Monroe smoke stack

We start at "Scenic" on Highway 2, which is about a mile before the big switchback turn on Highway 2. It is where the train tunnel starts. From the parking lot, we will hike, (snowshoe) up to the summer trailhead, then go up the west side of Surprise Creek all the way up to Surprise Lake then on to Glacier Lake. From there we will go up to Surprise Gap, turn west and climb up to the summit. DIFFICULTY:
The total gain is about 4100’ and the distance measures out at 11 miles with straight lines on the map, so is probably more like 12 total miles. The pace will be moderate, but it will be a long day. AVALANCHE BACKUP:
We will definitely be able to go up to at least Glacier Lake no matter what the avalanche conditions. There is avalanche risk in Surprise Gap, so we will check the snow stability if the forecast is greater than "moderate" below 5000'. See: GEAR:
Ice Axe - Required.
Snowshoes – Required. Any kind are acceptable
Avalanche Beacon: – Recommended, but not required.
Avalanche Shovel – Recommended, but not required.
Avalanche Probe – Recommended, but not required
Crampons – Leave them at home. MEETING PLACE / TIME:
Smokestack at the east end of Monroe. Please be there at 6:15 AM. Seattle area folks are encouraged to carpool to Monroe, where we will consolidate carpools and park the cars we don't take on the street a block away. (there is a good place to leave them). See:
If you are running late, call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411. ESTIMATED RETURN TIME:
Based on earlier reports, the hiking time will be at least 10 hours. With an hour drive each way from Monroe, that puts us pack in Monroe about 6:00 - 6:30 PM. MAPS:

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