Big Snow Mountain

A long, challenging scramble to a remote peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Snoqualmie Pass. Climb the broad northeast ridge of Big Snow Mountain after hiking or biking the Old Middle Fork Road Trail and scrambling up to Hardscrabble Lakes. It's 16 miles round trip and 5,300 feet of elevation gain.


  • Guidebook Reference: Climbing Washington's Mountains by Jeff Smoot (Falcon 2002).

FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 3
  • Length: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft
  • 6,680 ft
  • USGS Big Snow Mtn
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • USGS Snoqualmie Lake
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
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