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Snow Lake Trail

MODERATE 1838 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.

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flooded
scramble
1 day ago

Hiked 11/19/19, 10 AM start. Misty, thick fog made it impossible to see anything noteworthy until we were on our way back around noon. We counted 3 or 4 waterfall crossings, they were moving pretty fast, I'm assuming because of the warm streak we had not too long ago. A little bit of snow right before the lake but nothing extreme. The water level had risen slightly at some crossings on our way back, at least it seemed that way. Great hike, just be cautious and stay alert.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Awesome! Very wet, muddy and gorgeous! No dry feet today as I walked through several waterfalls and the trail was a creek. Didn’t see the mountains surrounding the lake but so many waterfalls, up close and in the distance. The foundation & fireplace of the old cabin was so neat! Definitely will do this one again! Trail is 80% rocky and lots of scrambling but not difficult to get over. I do feel bad for all the dog’s walking on all the rocks.

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bugs
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

Beautiful hike, great views and not that hard of a hike

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rocky
6 days ago

Wet day today! Very rocky in some parts, and lots of water over the trail which you have to walk around unless your shoes are waterproof. My hiking boots did great, no wet socks. Some slushy snow near the top, be careful of slipping on rocks. I’d rate as easy/medium. You can take your time with breaks and snacks and do it all in under 4 hours. Overall, gorgeous day and pretty hike for November.

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muddy
7 days ago

Beautiful, though foggy. Will go back on a day with some clear skies.

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muddy
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

A little muddy and a tiny bit of ice towards the end. Hiked in trail runners. If you’re not always completely sure of foot, maybe bring your poles. But, otherwise great hike. Get it in before winter comes!

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail. Well maintained. There wasn’t any snow until after the switch backs. There was some snow and light ice going down towards the lake. Wore tennis shoes and was fine when going slow.

hiking
12 days ago

Great! And not too shabby of trail conditions considering it’s mid November. Beautiful views throughout.

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fee
off trail
rocky
14 days ago

This hike was awesome ! It looks so easy at the beginning but definitely not . When it gets closer to the top is when it’s difficult since the path gets really small, people are trying to pass you or you have to wait, lots of rocks and wear some high boots since a rolled ankle is a high probability. The incline at the top was brutal the view spectacular! But then you get to walk all the way down to the water and relax which is so worth it . Take a dip since you’ll be warmed up from hiking this !

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icy
muddy
rocky
16 days ago

Relatively easy hike with a steady incline the whole way up. There was ice in the water but it wasn’t too chilly to get into. I stopped the recording when I got home which was exactly a one hour drive. The hike took about 3 hours with a 30 minute stop for swimming and snacking.

hiking
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

November 5th 2019. When the morning fog burned off to reveal sunshine and still before the snow has started flying, I set out to hike this lovely trail. There were about 35 cars in the parking lot when I arrived just after 1 pm. The trail condition was really good, and no ice. Passed a few groups coming down, everyone reported they were having a great day, that the sun was out, it was shirtsleeve weather for some, when you were in the sun. The trail switched to rugged from tame, the further up we got. It was well maintained. Views from the ridge down to the lake were good, but the wind started whipping and it was cooling down, around freezing, so I started down. Made it to the parking lot at 4:50, having started up at 1:25 pm. Had a great day, didn't go from ridge down to lake, time was drawing short.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked this morning, 11/3, got to trail head at 7:15am encountered like 3 people on the way up. Trail was in good condition, I too was a little concerned about the ice from previous reviews but it wasn’t bad. Once you hit the peak (took me about 55 mins) it’s a bit icy on the way down to the lake (took me about 25 mins). Overall, beautiful hike. On my decent (got to parking lot by 9:30am) passes probably like 30 people on their way up. Happy trails!

hiking
18 days ago

Very rocky and a little icy!

hiking
18 days ago

Trail was great and conditions weren’t bad at all. We were concerned with all previous reports about ice. There were some icy areas, but very easy to navigate with some decent hiking boots. Didn’t have spikes or poles. We hiked at 8am and by the time we were finished the trail did get somewhat crowded.

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
18 days ago

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