Explore the most popular birding 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.

Can be difficult to find and stay on the trail once you’re past the lake, but it’s worth the time and effort to make it to the top. Beautiful views at the top on a clear day! The trail is very steep, but idk if I’d rate this trail as hard.

Beautiful fall hike.

hiking
1 day ago

This hike was breathtaking. If you hike a little past mirror lake it takes you to a ledge with a waterfall and if you go down just one switch back the trail crosses the stream and you get an amazing view of the waterfall and the skyline from above.

Really beautiful hike! We would definitely do it again!

hiking
1 day ago

Very heavily trafficked, and slick in the lake basin, but over all very beautiful. Excellent trail maintenance and no snow yet.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful sunny October day. I arrived around 9 AM at the trailhead. Only one other car was there. Fall colors are still holding on and enjoyed the trail to myself all the way to Mirror Lake. There was no wind and both lakes were like glass. Be sure to check out the view of the valley at the end of the lake. I was hoping to do the mile hike up to Tinkham Peak but I had too much trouble trying to find the trail. It’s a very nice hike that I would do again.

Like it!

Often walk this trail in the fall. Fine mushrooming.

hiking
3 days ago

Perfect mid-week hike, a handful of people headed to Rachel Lake. Thanks for the pups on leash, much appreciated! Trail was in "good" condition with the expected root, boulder and mud staircase beginning mid way. Excellent colors at elevation. Some water running down due to higher elevation snowmelt from a few days ago. Ridge trail was awesome!

It’s very beautiful trail!

This trail was absolutely beautiful. The trail was well maintained and clearly marked. It rained the night before so some of the trail had standing water but it was easy to go around it. The hike to the falls was slightly challenging with some incline and stairs but not grueling. This is a heavily trafficked trail with plenty of parking. Really loved the scenery on this trail.

Lots of mushroom :)
Easy in most parts. Just before the waterfalls is a narrow slippery part of 10-15 meters.
Don’t forget to bring 5 dollars for parking.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful -- this trail is gorgeous. Did this yesterday (10/6) and there was some light snow in the last mile. Slightly slippery and slushy in lots of places.

Beautiful

Amazing

backpacking
9 days ago

Great place to go backpacking, plenty of campsites and plenty of trails to hike. Highly recommend climbing Mt. Wright after setting up camp or instead hiking further out to Wildcat lake and camping there.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this on 10/2. Absolutely fantastic hike! Not too steep compared to a lot of the other trails in the area. The Snow Lake hike is definitely some of the most “bang for your buck” out here.

Fall colors were lovey, and clouds danced over the water at the lake.

amazing cool day. easy walking. beatiful waterfall.

walking
12 days ago

absolutely stunning lake view and beautiful scenery!

hiking
15 days ago

Did this hike 9/30, a Sunday. Plenty of parking at 11:30 am. The first couple miles are a gentle incline with pretty fall scenery. The last part to the lake is rock switchbacks that were not hard, just a little slippery from the rain. Parents with babies on their backs and lots of dogs on the trail. I’d rate this hike easy/moderate.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this on a Saturday with good weather and it was pretty busy. Rocky trail, but the view of the lake is worth it. We attempted to go to Gem Lake but it’s a quicker elevation gain so we turned around after an additional mile in. However the views at all points after Snow Lake towards Gem Lake are breathtaking. Would hike again.

Beautiful hike and waterfall at the end. Easy for myself and 11 year old daughter.

Rocky trail without any shade for most parts. The lake is beautiful. Bugs weren’t too bad, but there were some. Make sure to get a hat if it’s a sunny day and enjoy the hike!

Trail was in great condition. Brushy towards the summit

Loved it! Great for kids!

Pretty easy and nice!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful! Definitely busy, but the consistent views made waiting on others pretty tolerable. Plus, you’re basically just going uphill the entire way, not much flat, just up. It’s not as steep, it just keeps going. There were lots of dogs on the hike, including a good number of smaller ones. As not super fast hikers, we did it 4 hours, including lunch at the lake. Pro tip: bring a jacket or layers, it got cold at the lake and we didn’t stay as long as we’d planned because of that.

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