Explore the most popular lake trails near Skykomish with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We just hiked to the lake and back. had snow on trail closer to the lake. light to moderate traffic. very nice day and good trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Prepare for bears! Be willing to cross rapid creek to get to Lake Elizabeth. Road is washed out at 2.3 Miles from Miller river road.

hiking
1 month ago

The lake is stunning. Went and camped here on a perfect weekend last summer. Does not disappoint

Deep snow about a mile to the lake. We made it and stayed the night but I don’t think most will. Wait a month or so.. if you’re actually going to snoqualmie lake, plan on doing between 17 to 20 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Hmmm, not sure how to describe this hike. I am giving it four starts if you do it with some snow on the ground making it a little more challenging. The hike back was a little boring especially after the miles started adding up and the scenery of an old logging road became etched in my brain. Probably a good trail running trail as others had mentioned. This was a great hike for spring as it had some snow and the lake was still frozen. The falls on the way were awesome as was some of the sun shining on some of the peaks that we saw early on in the hike. I wouldnt say its a hard hike as much as a long hike. I think as a through hike it would be awesome when the snow melts. Also an excellent hike for someone that might do the Enchantments in one day as its the same distance but only about half the elevation gain. If you do this one at a fast pace you can do the Enchantments enjoying yourself!

DO NOT TRY THIS HIKE IF YOUR NOT PREPARED , it's easy to loose track and it is a hard hike , got lost twice and turned back half way .
there are no humans along the way and it's pure forest packed with a lot and a lot of snow .
I will give it another try during summer time when there is more day light .

snowshoeing
4 months ago

This was a five star day despite our failure to reach the lake. The route from Stevens Pass is my favorite of the two. There was just so much snow to break through as well as a few creek crossings This was one of the earlier snow shoes our group did so some became a little tired. I will finish this hike this season though!

This hike probably deserves more stars in the summer as these lakes are quite beautiful. Its really hard to access the lake with snow shoes as there are many obstacles in the final stretch creating hazards. Its a great workout and it was a fun hike as well. We broke trail and burned some calories. I would drive a little further and do Lake Valhalla from Stevens Pass instead. Its about a mile longer each way but a better hike in my eyes.

question: is this a 9.2 mile hike from start to finish back to your car, or do you double the miles 9.2 mi in and 9.2 mi out??? thanks

Three years ago. This was my wife and I first time snowshoeing, what a trip! We want to go back during the spring to hike our path to see the difference between snow and trail. Most fun we have every had snowshoeing. Not recommended for a first timer, we were lucky during the winter time and were a couple of greenhorns as they come. Read up on area difficulty and know what your getting into. Awesome place to go!!

snowshoeing
6 months ago

good day hike, broke half of the trail in two-three feet deep snow to the lake.

Fantastic trail it is part of the famous PCT . The lake is beautiful !

hiking
7 months ago

The most amazing thing I’ve seen in nature! The snow everywhere around the lake was beautiful. Stunning scenery.

trail running
7 months ago

Beautiful fall trail run, even with technical rocky bits and some particular creek/water crossings.

hiking
7 months ago

a beautiful hike!! Some very big trees along the way to keep you company :)

Came in from the Smithbrook side. Absolutely stunning.

backpacking
8 months ago

Had a great time hiking to Lake Snoqualmie from the Lake Dorothy trailhead. Trail is in good shape, fair amount of stairs which poles can help with. The hike up to Bear and Deer is steeper with a good amount of rocks and roots. Three trees have fallen across the trail near Deer Lake that need to be climbed over.

camping
8 months ago

A nice camping destination. I hiked in from the Stevens pass trailhead which I guess is the longer way. The trail is a walk in the park though and nice for a quick overnight. Campsites are close together and limited. Plenty of places to hang a hammock. Dogs on leash please. Lake is pretty. This area is heavily used though and busy on summer weekdays.

I did this trail on Labor Day weekend with my family and two dogs. One was a young basset hound. This was my first backpacking trip ever. I am admittedly not in good shape so it was difficult for me. I have to say it seemed very easy for experienced hikers. We spent the night and headed back down the next morning. It is beautiful and well worth the experience. As I become more fit I want to do this trail again. You may have to share the trail with a few horses. I found that part to be amazing. My walking sticks and water filter were my best friends.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

Went on a a day hike with the intentions of getting to Big Heart Lake. We got to the trailhead early, but I wasn't feeling the best so we took it slow and we ended up turning around at Little Heart. Beautiful sights all around. Waterfalls, creeks, and of course multiple beautiful lakes to explore. There were some wildflowers still left at this point in August, as well as plenty of berries to pick. We took the trail to Malachite Lake which was pretty steep, but well worth it. Definitely looking forward to returning for a few days with backpacks to complete the trek!

My phone also died so we were only able to record our hike in!

backpacking
8 months ago

We wanted to head to Mt Hood but decided not to fight the eclipse traffic so this was plan B. My wife and I are experience backpackers but out of shape after a lazy summer. So we took five days to do this trail. First afternoon we hiked 5 miles up to a pleasant campsite at Foss creek. The 1st mile of the trail was relatively flat using an old railroad bed as the trail. The next 3 1/2 miles you gain around 600 feet elevation and travel through a younger forest with reminants of HUGE cedar trees that had been logged many years previous. about halfway up to the campsite you actually do get to see huge cedar trees that were left by the loggers with beautiful forest floor flora and fauna. On day two we took the 2000 foot elevation gain in 3 miles. The trail is steep and Rocky until you reach the bridge about halfway up. Then it is steep and rooty the rest of the climb up to Jade lake. This 3 miles is definitely a pull and out on a scale from 1 to 5 it is probably a five in difficulty. There is a Hidden campsite on the north part of the lake. There is also a larger campsite at the south end of the lake. The trail continue to climb up to Emerald Lake where there is an old cabin built in 1950. There are many social trails in and around the lake and you have to search to find a campsite but there are three or four pretty good campsites around Emerald Lake. We could start 10 here for two nights. Take three we chose to hike up the tank Lakes which is a trip that I highly recommend. The climb is steep and Rocky however the view that meet you at the top is indescribable. If you continue around to the northside the lake you get a wonderful view of the next valley. We had lunch at the top while we watched a pica store up his winter food. Then we scrambled back down the rocks to camp. In the evening we explored lake Ilswoot... which had a beautiful campsite and is set in a steep gorge between two ridges. Day for we headed down the steep incline and again camp to the hidden site at the force Creek Crossing. Then we had at least a weekday five hike out to the trailhead. We recommend going mid week because the traffic in on Friday when we were coming out was very heavy. When we left the parking lot on Tuesday on our way in there were only six cars. On Saturday on the way out there were over 20 with cars parked on the road.

Beautiful well defined trail. I used my iPod to track the mileage and after hiking 9 miles in we still hadn't made it to the first Lake. I was disappointed but there were spectacular views and beautiful areas to hang out by the river and streams. I was wondering what the accurate mileage was with GPS? At the 6 mile marker my GPS was 7.5 miles and at 9 miles there was no lake in sight and we needed to turn back and ended up in the dark even after running 2miles.

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of stairs, but what a payoff! Great scenery the whole way up and it seems to look completely different on the way down.

My wife and I joined our hiking friends to hike around Trap Lake. We started from Tunnel Creek Trailhead and hiked to Hope Lake. Then we hiked PCT to Trap Lake. We had lunch looking down at the beautiful lake. Then we hiked PCT to Glacier Lake and Surprise Lake. We hiked out to Surprise Creek Trailhead.

Trail follows creek closely much of the time. Tough last mile and a half. Surprise Lake: gorgeous little trout filled lake. Lots of flies/mosquitoes mid-August. Good campsites; less crowded than Glacier. Great hiking up to meadows and boulder field south of Glacier. Pika world.

There are many lakes, do it is a good idea to know which Lake you're looking for.
I went Thursday-Saturday and on Friday it got pretty busy.

backpacking
9 months ago

Beautiful lakes, lots of fish!

Great hike for the summer. Not that many people on it for Saturday which adds to the serenity.

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