Mirror Lake & Tinkham Peak

Take "hiker's route" a strenuous, 6 mile round trip hike with 2,100 feet of elevation gain to a summit in the Snoqualmie Pass area. The trail skirts Cottonwood and Mirror Lakes before ascending the rocky ridge to the top of Tinkham Peak. Hiking only to Mirror Lake is 3 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain round trip.

getting there

Take Exit 62 off of I-90, turn right, drive 1.1 miles, and turn right onto Forest Road 5480. Drive 4.1 miles, going straight at the junction with Forest Road 5483 to stay on Forest Road 5480, and reach a three-way junction at Lost Lake. Drive straight,  the middle option, for 2.7 miles to the road's end and trailhead (3,600 ft). 

on the trail

Mirror Lake

3.0 miles round trip with 800 feet of elevation gain, 4,200 ft high point

Hike one mile to Cottonwood Lake  and then 0.6 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Turn left to head south on the PCT to walk along the shores of Mirror Lake (4,200 ft).

mirror lake & tinkham peak

6.0 miles round trip, 2,100 feet of elevation gain, 5,402 ft high point

Hike one mile to Cottonwood Lake  and then 0.6 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Turn right and hike ~0.6 mile north on the PCT and turn left on the boot path that leads ~1.0 mile to the summit of Tinkham Peak (5,402 ft).

information for leaders

scheduling

If you're planning a scramble or winter scramble of Silver Peak, please use our Silver, Tinkham & Abiel Peaks route/place and choose "Silver Peak" from the alternate titles list.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • 5,402 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Mirror Lake

Trail Running Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Backcountry
Run to Mirror Lake from the Pacific Crest Trail trailhead at Windy Pass, a gorgeous
Difficulty: Strenuous
Thu, Sep 8, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
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Titles

This is a list of titles that represent the variations of trips you can take at this route/place. This includes side trips, extensions and peak combinations. Not seeing a title that fits your trip? Log in and send us updates, images, or resources.

  • Mirror Lake
  • Cottonwood Lake
  • Cottonwood & Mirror Lakes
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