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Snow Lake Trail

MODERATE 1940 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.

snowshoeing
1 day ago

It was hard to find the beginning of this trail, but once we did, the trail was well defined. Snowshoes did great on this trail! We did about 2 miles, then went back, the trail was much more narrow by then and it was snowing more heavy. Can't wait to do this again in the summer!

snowshoeing
snow
2 days ago

The hike was great. Lots of beautiful snow. After about 1.5 miles the trail starts to get smaller and smaller until it seems to just end. I would highly recommend snow shoes as boots will sink deep.

snowshoeing
snow
2 days ago

It was a beautiful bluebird day to do some quick snowshoeing at the summit. The snow conditions were really good with plenty of older powder to walk through but the trail itself was fairly packed and easy to traverse with snowshoes. There were a few folks braving it without snowshoes but they did a fair amount of post-holing so I’d definitely recommend you bring the right equipment. The trail was easy to navigate for the first two miles - after that the trail started becoming less defined as it looked like most folks turned around by then. We were running low on time and I forgot my map so we turned around at this point. Ultimately it was a great day in the mountains and we encountered plenty of dogs she feel free to bring the four-legged friends.

hiking
16 days ago

Wow, dat snow doe

hiking
snow
18 days ago

Traction devices required.

hiking
snow
18 days ago

Great trail didn’t make it to the top since we had to trail blaze on deep snow. Traction required and if you want to make to the top think about crampons and snow shoes.

hiking
snow
18 days ago

Hiked on 1/4, great weather, compacted snow, micro crampons are perfect for the condition.

hiking
snow
25 days ago

Hiked yesterday (12/28/19) and was great. Packed snow the whole way, crampons needed and poles are optional. Easily able to hike down to the lake, trail is packed snow and thin in some areas but very easy. Saw some people starting late without any spikes and they were struggling a lot. I would not recommend going without crampons, snowshoes are not needed. Absolutely beautiful hike! Took us round trip around 4 hours with going down to the lake but we stop a lot for the multiple photo opportunities.

hiking
icy
snow
25 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
26 days ago

hiking
snow
29 days ago

Packed snow from beginning the end. No ice but tons of step-through holes along the trail. Definite trip or sprain hazards. The trail is very well outlined until the switchbacks, then it gets a little sketchy. Like others have said, clearly some minor avalanches have pass through the area, resulting in narrow switchback trails and soft edges. Overall, a great hike with some fantastic scenery. Can be done mostly without micro spikes or hiking sticks, but getting down from the switchbacks will be a challenge without these. At no point do you need snow shoes. Keep track of your progress - the turn off to snow lake is NOT marked. Keep going on the trail and you’ll end up on some other trail.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

We hiked to the top of the trail overlooking Snow Lake today with a group of 4 today. The first 0.7mi is accessible without any gear. Further on you need snow shoes for sure. We opened up the trail to the top, most of it was fresh snow. The steepest part with all the switch backs was pretty icy and steep. 1 of the switchbacks showed traces of an avalanche. The view of the lake was definitely worth it! The lake is completely frozen! Reasonable experience with snowshoes and stamina recommended. It took us about 4.5hours out and back!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Snowing with risk of avalanches growing. Started to look a bit too sketchy for this somewhat novice hiker. Will definitely come back to we can make it to the top!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

great trail. well marked. absolutely breathtaking views especially with the fresh powder. slippery at times - recommend use spikes and poles. lake view hampered a little by fog. zig zag up the mountain before reaching the lake view was a little steep. moderately trafficked.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Nicely packed snow! Bring micro spikes!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful views with the snow topped trees on the way to the lake. The lake was foggy at the overlook, but when you go down you can see it more!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike that is very maintained. It's interesting throughout as you see the trail change up many times. Felt like a LOTR hike with the fellowship, going through a montage. Really fun with good views throughout! Might be a little crowded though.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Hiked out on 12/7/19 Awesome trail! It was a bit slushy out so I would bring micro spikes and poles if you have them. I only had my boots today and did fine - I just moved a bit more slowly on the rocky switchbacks. The lake was gorgeous! Highly recommend this trail.

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