Caroline Peak

Scramble a scenic but rarely visited summit in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Snoqualmie Pass. At 17 miles round trip and 5,200 feet of elevation gain, despite only 3,000 feet of net elevation gain, it's long and challenging. Enjoy a route that takes you past four beautiful alpine lakes.

Getting THere

Take Exit 52 off of I-90, drive to the Alpental Ski area and park at the Snow Lake trailhead (3,120 ft).

approach & ascent

Hike the very popular Snow Lake Trail from Alpental to Snow Lake and then  on to Gem Lake.  Descend ~1,000 feet to Lower Wildcat Lake where the trail ends.  Continue to Upper Wildcat Lake, then to the long low ridge to the north.  Take this ridge southwest until it angles left to become the northeast ridge of Caroline Peak.  Follow this ridge, and before it steepens at about 5,600 ft, traverse either to the left or right to attain easier terrain to the summit.


  • Caroline Peak is not named on the USGS Bandera map, but it is the 5,885 ft summit less than 0.5 mile south of Lake Caroline. It is named Roosevelt on the Green Trails Bandera map.

Information 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.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Length: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,200 ft
  • 5,885 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • USGS Bandera
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