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Snow Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,669 ft Route type Out & Back
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Note: When snow is present, be cautious of avalanche danger. A beautiful hike past numerous waterfalls, with an ending at a gorgeous alpine lake. The first 2 miles are direct, and the final has rock blasted switchbacks to the top of the ridge. Pay attention to signs as you need to branch right off the trail about 2 miles in. You can extend or shorten the hike by stopping right when you get to the lake or by hiking further along it. In winter, you can snowshoe here, but it will be much more difficult to find the trail.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass to park. Alpine Lakes Wilderness use permit required to enter wilderness area (free at trailhead.)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Snoqualmie District (North Bend) Tel: 425.888.1421 www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 52. Left under the freeway onto Alpental Rd for 0.1 miles, Right on FSR 9040 for 1.2 miles. Parking on left, trailhead is on the right, 100' further up the road from the parking lot.

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Wynn Knowles
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Backpacking

Beautiful.

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Claudia Arteaga
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Beautiful

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Johanna Kellogg
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Amazing

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Brendan Jeffreys
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HikingFloodedGreat!

Trail was beautiful. Wear a mask though people. For the love.

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Nick Kendell
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Hiking

Fun trail but didn't have much views due to weather. Knew it would be overcast but lake was completely sunken in as were views all along the path. A few fun creek crossings and water all along the path as well. Sat by lake for about 30 minutes but never really got too much of a view. Apparently we got there early enough that it was before they closed the trail to look for that lost hiker and his dog. Hopefully he is found. Will have to be back to lake on a clearer day but still great to get outside for a bit despite the lack of views that morning.

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Julia O
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Trail is closed today 10/17 for search and rescue. They are still looking for the same person from 2 weeks ago.

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Leighton Wacaser
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As of 8 am on 10/17, trail classes due to search and rescue effort.

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Joel Kawamoto
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Amanda Fischer
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Great trail with gorgeous lake view at the end. I was very frustrated that only about 60% of the hikers were wearing face masks (during Covid-19 pandemic). The trail is so narrow in some places that it’s impossible to keep 6 feet distance when others are passing from the other direction. The non mask wearers are ruining the experience for the responsible people trying to stay healthy.

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mary orozco
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Lots of water on the trail, Probably due to the rains this week. Not too many people very nice.

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Kevin Goff
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Just too many people. otherwise a beautiful hike.

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Ryan McGinty
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Hiking

amazing today, great weather. definitely need boots as waterfalls run through the trails at some points but super easy to navigate.

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Alex Domingo
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BEAUTIFUL

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Jessica Diebag
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Michele vanderzanden
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Ted & Erin Starck
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HikingRocky

Great hike even in the rain.

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Robyn Anderson
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Hiking

Beautiful views even in the rain.

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Jim Carson
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HikingRocky

Great hike and a nice location. Plenty of parking at 10am on a Sunday. The hike up has some steep and very rocky sections. There were three or four points where the waterfalls were flowing well adjacent to the trail, but it's nothing a good nor'western with waterproof shoes couldn't walk through. Once at the overlook, I recommend descending to the lake proper. Very enjoyable views down there. As Kevin said, boy, was the trail crowded today, especially given the accurate, heavy rain forecast.

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Kevin Goff
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overcrowded beyond belief, even in the worst weather. come here on a weekday if you want any hope of avoiding passing 100+ groups

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Jay Lynn Corneil
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always a beautiful trail.

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Shane Kathireson
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Cold

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Andrew Smith
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Dan Hartnett
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Awesome. A bit of a rainy day, but it was totally worth it.

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Shannon Parker
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Beautiful views!

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James Simpson
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Tonya Jeffcoat
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We got to the parking lot around 9 and hiked down to Snow Lake. Super rocky and uneven but it was well worth it! Trail was very busy on the way down around 1130.

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Thomas Van de Velde
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