Surprise Lake & Mountain


Winter Scramble - Surprise Mountain

Surprise Mtn (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
  • Challenging
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

6:00 AM at Brickyard Park and Ride in Kirkland

Update on Jan 23rd. Because we have not gotten much snow lately and the forecast is for mostly dry skies, I need everybody to PLAN on bringing some sort of easy to put on traction devices besides snowshoes. Yak traks, Microspikes, etc. There is a creek crossing on a log 1.3 miles up the trail that can be an issue if it is icy.
Surprise Mountain is south of Highway 2 about 5 miles west of the Stevens Pass.

Meet at the Brickyard Park and Ride in Kirkland at 6:00 AM. The Park and ride is just west of I-405 at Exit 22 about a mile south of SR-522. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.

- Ice Axe is always required.
- Snowshoes with agressive points on the bottom such as MSR are required.
- Crampons are NOT required for this trip.
- Avalanche Becon is optional but is highly recommended.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe are optional, but we must have 4 of each for the group.
- No parking pass is needed at the trailhead

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.
As just a heads up, this can be a long strenuous trip. You must be in good physical condition to participate. But no matter how fit everybody is, if we have to stomp through deep fresh snow, we probably won't make it past the lakes, (which are great destinations on their own).

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


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