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Snow Lake Trail

MODERATE 1733 reviews

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, mountain biking, and snowshoeing and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,669 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Note: When lots of snow is present, there is a possibility of avalanche danger. Please check with the park page before hiking. 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.

hiking
17 hours ago

Lovely hike. Up to the ridge has no snow. Sometimes wet, a bit of mud. Waterproof hiking boots will do you well. Down to the lake has snow covered switchbacks. Poles recommended. Today I did it in boots however, no spikes.

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1 day ago

Icy on the way down to the lake

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1 day ago

Great hike. Moderate is accurate in rating when considering elevation gain, incline, rocks, and variability of terrain. It snowed a week or so before we came out and much of it was melted, leaving the trail and rocks wet and muddy on the way up until the last mile, which was icy and definitely required microspikes to get to the very end of the trail, according to AllTrails. Still, there was a pretty open lookout where we stopped. So beautiful and refreshing for a middle of October hike! Also - all the hikers were so friendly and respectful of the right of way for uphill hikers. I was singing most of the way down and would stop as we passed people but they said, “don’t stop!” It was sweet. A happy trail overall!

hiking
1 day ago

Absolutely a joy to explore. Loved every minute of it

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snow
2 days ago

This was such a beautiful hike. Started at a high elevation - and then we added another 1600 feet. Weather behaved and stayed dry. Some snow especially on the descent to the lake. Muddy at places but nothing decent shoes would have an issue with. We took our time and enjoyed the lake before heading back - probably spent 5 hours in total. Super hike for dogs as well.

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2 days ago

Lovely hike - closer to 8 mile by time we’d walked a little way around the lake. We started at 8:30 and hit some ice patches in the last .5 mile but with warmer temps and more hikers they turned to slush by time we returned. Stunning lake views.

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2 days ago

Wonderful trail. Muddy and rocky in many areas especially at the switchbacks. Nothing to stress over if youre wearing proper shoes. Was also slippery at points approaching the lake, made me wish I had poles but all in all still had a great time!

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3 days ago

Lovely hike for a Sunday morning. Took me about 3.5 hours roundtrip. Foliage and trees are just about at peak color, if not past that because of the cold snap. Lots of parking at the trailhead, though it was filling up by the time I got down, around 12:30pm. Bathroom at the trailhead was in rough shape. NW Forest Pass required. First straight stretch of the trail is muddy, but nothing too horrible. This is quite a rocky trail, and I would recommend sturdy shoes, even if it's not snowy/muddy. Keep an eye on your pup's paws, too--those rocks are sharp. Definitely recommend microspikes and/or trekking poles on the last bit going down to the lake right now. It's packed ice and very snowy in places. Overall, this is a great hike. Lake and mountain views are a stunning reward for relatively low effort.

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3 days ago

recorded Snow Lake Trail

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

Rocks. A lot of rocks. And muddy. Went on Sunday, started at 2pm and it was pretty crowded. When you hear “eeep!”, try to spot a rock chuck.

hiking
5 days ago

what a perfect day! icy this morning but melting quickly making more mud.

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