CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Surprise & Glacier Lakes

This hike is to Surprise AND Glacier Lakes. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • Pace: 2

Meet at Monroe Fairgrounds Park & Ride to coordinate carpools at 7:00 am.  From here it is about an hour drive.  

Surprise Lake Trailhead Directions

From Monroe, drive east on Highway 2 to the small town of Skykomish and continue for another 10 miles. After you pass the well-marked Iron Goat Interpretive Site on your left, drive another 0.3 mile and take an unmarked right.

Follow this road for 0.2 mile through the old railroad community of Scenic, though nothing remains of the town but railroad tracks. Cross the tracks and immediately turn right, parallel to the tracks, following a dirt road for 0.3 mile.

You will come to a small parking area which can hold at least six cars, and another similar parking area just beyond it at the trailhead. There are no facilities at the trailhead, but there are good restrooms back at the Iron Goat Interpretive Site.

Northwest Forest Pass required for parking 

Details will be emailed to registered participants a few days before the hike. We will be hiking for about 7 hours including brief stops for views and snacks.

We may encounter snow and blowdowns.  I will be monitoring trip reports and weather and may need to adjust our trip.

Current Forecast


Surprise Lake & Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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