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

hiking
21 hours ago

Really enjoyed the trail. Very easy to follow. There was spots in the trail that had snow to cross. Was tricky with out any type of trail spikes or crampons. When we got to the top where it overlooked snow lake it was still covered in snow. We tried to scale down the hill towards the lake but we decided not too. It was very steep without any type of spikes and a thunderstorm was rolling in. Still got a very good view of the lake. Unfortunately it was still frozen. Still enjoyed the hike and was worth it!

Started at Lake Pratt trail head and hike the trail clockwise around the loop. Overall it was a beautiful hike. Trail was pretty crowded for the first couple miles but was isolated past Pratt. Hit snow coming over the ridge line. It was very steep and slow moving. Fell several times to spite my agility. Was also hard to navigate the trail because it’s clearly less trafficed and then with the snow... the snow lasted about a mile and once past that it was mostly downhill but lots of rocks. The last 3-4 miles were on road. Bring your crampons!

hiking
7 days ago

Stunning views, but not an easy hike. Went with my wife (mid 20s) and her sister (early 20s). Took us about 4 hours from start to finish and we made it to the top ridge overlooking the lake. Trail was very rocky, wet, and had a lot of snow. The first 2 miles are manageable, but once you get to the switchbacks it’s basically climbing through snow. Would highly recommend hiking boots or you’ll be slipping and your feet will be wet. It was hard to follow the trail in some places. The lake is still completely frozen and there’s so much snow going down to the lake that the only way to get down is by sliding on your butt. A local at the top said the lake thaws by August. It’s really cold up at the top so bring layers.

Lots of snow left on the trail. Some rocky parts are challenging and with the snow melt it leaves the snowy trail undermined with many tree holes. I actually fell hip deep in one and still wasn’t touching the ground. Spikes and poles are necessary! Trail is hidden and we took a few detours before ALMOST turning back 300 yards before the finish. Very foggy and misty, still a beautiful view for an experienced hiker. I, myself, will wait until the snow melts before hiking again. Some parts unsafe.

I hiked this a couple of years ago in July. The hike to snow lake was on the low end of moderate but the continued 3 mike round trip to Gem Lake was more difficult. Quite the scramble but in the end worth the quite, pristine, and crystal clear water!

Spectacular views of mountains, waterfalls, and wildflowers. The trail went from some sections covered in slushy snow to completely covered in slushy snow. We lost the trail in the full snow portion and turned back. Beautiful none the less.

hiking
12 days ago

This was a fun hike - but be warned - there is still a lot of snow, and it’s starting to melt, which made walking across the snow/boulder field parts a little sketchy. This trail is rated moderate - I would say it’s better for confident hikers who have the proper gear. Having done it in the summer previously I think I’ll wait and do it again in August.

skiing
18 days ago

Great tour to the saddle area below the peak. Road is open a good amount, with about 1/2-3/4 of mile to hike until you can skin for the rest of the time. Views at the top were stunning. Skiing was quality with good corn, it got soft by about noon.

hiking
22 days ago

still need spikes and poles. about 2 miles in there’s a huge drop off that I actually ended up sliding down and into a huge pile of rocks. come prepared, tennis shoes do not qualify.

There's still a lot of snow on this hike. A lot of people tried to start this but didn't have the right gear for it, so turned around. my friend and I were the only people on the trail the entire way. We only had spikes but snowshoes would have made it easier.Thankfully there were foot prints most of the way, wandering around was to a minimum. Once we reached the base of the mountain it got super steep. We continued on but at a couple hundred feet to the summit, we stopped because it felt too dangerous (for us) to continue on. The climb down was really difficult and very slow going. Slipped once or twice and had to use the trees to stop us. Might not be too bad if you were planning to ski down, but walking down, a little scary! I'd save this hike when there is no snow. But, the views, breathtaking!

hiking
1 month ago

Only three stars because the copious sun is making a 3-4” layer of slush. Even in spikes, feels like climbing up a sand dune. Melt has also made runoff stream crossings and tree wells treacherous. Two poles highly recommended.

Still, super beautiful. Recommend going in cooler weather or wait another couple of weeks until melt exposes the summertime trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We turned around after 1 mile. Most of the trail is still covered by snow. Spike and poles are must to have. There is a washed out trail segment, not wide but water current is strong, be prepared to wet your boots...

hiking
1 month ago

In order to write a review I had to rate but can't really rate since we were not prepared for so much snow...a little slippery for us. We turned around after about 1/2 mile. Go prepared with spiked boots and poles. We'll try again!

Check the snow pack for Apental Ski resort http://www.summitatsnoqualmie.com/conditions and it should give you an idea what to expect since the Snow Lake Trail Head is right there.

hiking
1 month ago

Still completely snow covered, but trail is easy to follow.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was beautiful!! Went in July of 2016–there was still some snow at the top, and it was chilly down by the lake. Bring lots of layers. The hike itself was really crowded, and at times, it felt like we were waiting in line to get to the top. Lots of bugs, but if you kept moving it was easy to ignore.

2 months ago

The best overnight backpacking trip so far, we can’t wait to go back!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Went out with a partner, our first time using snow shoes.

First 2 miles were hard packed and easy to traverse. Broke trail for half a mile in. Easy to follow the alltrails route through the thick powder. Absolutely no trail markings. The views were spectacular.

I went summer July/2017 and we started 6am and when we come down so many people was come up. suggest early start better!

Spectaular.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Watch for the fork before you break into the clearing. Easy to miss the switch back. Trail non existent and covered by feet of snow. Turned back before reaching the lake.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Went up to the lake yesterday and there was weather that came in for most the day, decreasing visibility. The trail was well marked until the fork and from there you may see a couple different paths people have decided to take. Keeping your GPS on the trail is helpful in order to keep on track. My friend and I scrambled up the side of a ridge and met back up at the trail, making it to the lake. We hadn't seen the switch back trail on the way up; we did find it on the way down. There are some sketchy areas and an ice pick and micro spikes were life savers.
Definitely a hike you'll want to take your time doing, bring the right gear, and give yourself 5-5 1/2 hours to finish.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Trail was non existent after the fork. We turned back but was still a lot of fun.

Nice hike but very difficult at the end with snowshoes. A lot steeper than expected, but looking forward to seeing it in summer. Weather wasn’t great for us, but a good challenging hike nonetheless. We parked in the summit west lot to get to the trail. Glissaded down the steep part at the top - I’d say it’s too steep to even safely walk down unless you’re walking backwards.

Definitely over 6 miles. More like 7.5 round trip.

Good snowshoe hike, steep at the end but really pretty. Next time we'll try to get to Red Pond.

Definitely need snowshoes on this hike. But, be careful of the creeks you have to cross. The snow gives way pretty easily. One portion was difficult to cross, where the creek was more of a waterfall. On the way back down, the creek had widened and we got a little wet trying to cross.

Was here 12/20 and snowshoes were definitely required. I did not make it to the lake as I was paving the trail sinking 2 feet deep with snowshoes and it just got too tiring. Made it to just before the switchbacks, could see decent views of surrounding mountains at that point. I'm sure views are even better if you reach the lake

difficult to say the least with the 4 or so feet of snow currently on the ground, but I was surprised at how many people I saw. The usual parking lot is blocked by a snow wall from the plow so you'll have to park somewhere else which adds a bit to the walk. overall very beautiful but dangerous in parts, bring appropriate gear.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a good hike to source lake. The trail is well compacted till that point. After that point the powder is soft and I was sinking to my waist every few steps. I decided to turn back and not risk it further. Bring snowshoes if you want to reach snow lake!

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Went to Snow Lake yesterday with a group. The trail was packed to where the switchbacks begin and could be hiked with gaiters easily. When the switchbacks started we put on our snowshoes and went up to the lake overlook. At the overlook the windchill was extreme and fog covered the lake. On the way down I took off my snowshoes as it was easier to hike down with yak-tracks on then the snowshoes. Definitely recommend it and I plan to do it again on a clearer day.

Trail is well packed on lower parts. Spikes necessary though. Upper parts a bit difficult without snowshoes, but can be done if you don’t mind sinking in every few steps.

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