Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Snow & Gem Lakes

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Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Hike - Snow & Gem Lakes

How about a day trip to two stunning alpine lakes? First, Snow Lake will dazzle you with its translucent depths nestled beneath the towering Chair Peak. From there, a slightly more challenging hike will reward you with the serene and less-frequented Gem Lake. Here, the crystal-clear waters and surrounding rugged landscape provide a tranquil escape, making the journey to these alpine lakes a perfect blend of accessibility and secluded natural splendor.

  • *Varies*, Moderate, Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft

The Explorers and Jr. MACers will spend the day hiking!

Trip Sheet: Trip Sheet


Parking: Northwest Forest Pass

Trip reports:, Alltrails

Weather: Snow Lake via Gem Lake

Guests: If spots are still available one week prior to the trip, email Zuzana to request that a friend or sibling be able to join.

*To sign up for Explorer/Jr. MAC combo trips, do it on this page, NOT the course page. For all other trips, sign up via the course page. If confused, refer to the registration instructions on the course page.


Snow & Gem Lakes (Snoqualmie)

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and extra synthetic layers
  • Waterproof shell
  • Water (at least two liters)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Lunch
  • Day Pack
  • 10 Essentials
  • Camera (optional)
  • Extra clothing for the ride back (optional)

If you'd like to borrow gear, please submit your request to the gear library.

Trip Reports