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, Kirkland

Surprise Mtn is south of SR 2 a few miles west of Stevens Pass. It is at the back of a long valley past Surprise and Glacier Lakes. (see link to map below)

Our route will be to follow along the WEST side of Surprise Creek all the way past both lakes, then ascend the southwest slopes at the south end of Glacier Lake all the way up to the 5900’ ridge. Then ascend the northwest ridge of Surprise Mountain to the summit. We will descend the southeast slopes to Surprise Gap and then north back to Glacier Lake, where we will follow the route of the summer trail along the east side of both lakes.

As it might sound like, this is a long trip with 4000’ of gain. It will require perfect snow conditions to make it the whole way. Hope for icy snow up to Surprise Lake so the first few miles will be easy to walk on. In the event of less than perfect snow conditions, we will trudge as far as we can. But even if we don’t reach the summit, the route is awesome with big trees, tall mountains and two big lakes to hike along

Meet at the Brickyard Park and Ride in Kirkland at 6:00 AM (west side of I-405 at Exit 22)

- Ice Axe is always required.
- MSR snowshoes are required.
- Microspikes or Yak Traks are required.
- Helmet is NOT required.
- Avalanche Becon is optional but is highly recommended on all winter trips.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe are optional, but we should have 4 of each for the group.

Here is a link to printable map of the area:,-121.146354&z=14&t=t4


Surprise Lake & Mountain

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