Surprise Lake & Mountain

A variety of challenging day hikes, snowshoe treks, and year 'round scrambles from Scenic into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Stevens Pass.

Getting there

Drive US 2 to Scenic, 10 miles east of Skykomish. Turn south into Scenic, cross the railroad tracks, turn right and follow the gravel road 0.3 mile to the Surprise Lake trailhead (2,200 ft).

on the trail

Surprise & Glacier Lakes

11 miles round trip with 2,800 feet of elevation gain, 4,900 ft high point

Hike the Surprise Lake Trail 4.6 miles to Surprise Lake (4,500 ft). Continue 1.1 miles to Glacier Lake (4,800 ft).

Surprise Mountain

15.5 miles with 4,100 feet of elevation gain, 6,330 ft high point

From Glacier Lake, continue on the Pacific Crest Trail 1.6 miles to Surprise Gap. Turn right an climb 0.7 mile to the summit of Surprise Mountain (6,330 ft).

approach & ascent

Surprise Mountain (6,330 ft)

15.5 miles with 4,100 feet of elevation gain

A challenging winter scramble that becomes a hike when the snow melts.

Spark Plug Mountain (6,311 ft)

10 miles round trip with 4,200 feet of elevation gain

A challenging winter scramble that becomes a Strenuous 4, Technical 4 scramble by summer.

Mac Peak (6,859 ft)

14 miles round trip with 3,000 feet of elevation gain
difficulty: strenuous 4, technical 3

A difficult 14-mile scramble with 5,000 feet of elevation gain. It is the highest peak in the Stevens Pass quad that towers above nearby peaks and is surrounded by tarns and lakes.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous, Very Strenuous, Strenuous 4, Technical 4, Technical 3, Winter Scramble
  • Length: 15.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft
  • 6,330 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • USGS Scenic

Upcoming Activities

Winter Scramble - Surprise & Glacier Lakes

Scrambling Trip
An early season snowline tester.
Difficulty: Very Strenuous, Winter Scramble
Sat, Nov 14, 2020
5 participants
Registration opens Nov 2
Seattle Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Surprise Mountain
  • Surprise Lake
  • Glacier Lake
  • Surprise & Glacier Lakes
  • Spark Plug Mountain
  • Mac Peak

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