Explore the most popular lake 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
7 hours ago

Beautiful and great hike on a sunny clear 60 degree day September day. Three of us made the hike and took 4 hours total at a slower pace. Great views and moderately difficult. I wore trail runners and maybe a more stout hiking boot would be better as there is some rocks to navigate through at the top of the trail. I loved it. Considering it was after labor day there were still about thirty cars in the lot when we arrived at 1100 and about the same when we left at 3:00. Great hike (we had our leashed dog-he loved it)

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was absolutely beautiful!!! A perfect moderate rating. It is very rocky (big rocks, small rocks, lots of looking down where you're walking) so hiking boots with ankle support would definitely make your life easier. Once you get to the top, climb up the big boulder to the left where there is an incredible view of the lake and basin. The climb down to the lake is quick and easy and offers a few more beautiful views on the way down. I'm sure it gets really busy during good weather and weekends, so would recommend an early start!

I loved this trail and the beautiful lake! It is very rocky so make sure you wear hiking boots with ankle support because it would be very easy to twist an ankle. I saw a lot of dogs on the trail, and the bigger dogs seemed to love it but saw some smaller dogs that were really struggling. It also might be a good idea to bring booties for your pups If they have sensitive paws due to the rocks.

hiking
4 days ago

A lovely, challenging hike with a stunning reveal at the end. Bring a small picnic to enjoy by the lake. We saw many other hikers and lots of interesting wildlife. Just beautiful.

Beautiful hike!!! Pretty rocky. Highly recommend hiking boots with good ankle support. Make sure you continue down to lake once you get to the lookout. Will absolutely go again!!

Well it's a good thing that I love the rain. My toggs and trekking poles were the hands down winners for needed hiking accessories on this trip. I'll be back next July to get some pics from the vista. The flag at the top of the mountain was a nice touch.

Hey thanks Eric, It was nice meeting you. I'm really glad we ran into each other at the top.

hiking
7 days ago

Rained off and on the whole hike. Was beautiful and not too busy on a Thursday.

Beautiful, short, easy hike. German Shepherd loved the water. Great place to end the day after other hikes in the area

hiking
12 days ago

This hike have great and amazing views of the lakes but it’s very rocky all the way up to Gem Lake. I do recommend to go early in the morning to get a good parking and also to avoid a lot of the day hikers. I started at 08:30am and there’s not many people at that time. Once I passed Snow Lake, I’ve only seen a few people on my way to Gem Lake. And most of them are coming back from camping. Once I got to Gem Lake, there’s only a few people there (I counted 5 to include myself). I stayed for half an hour and enjoyed the quietness of the nature. I completed the hike with a moving time right under 5 hours. I could’ve finish it earlier but there were a lot of people going the other direction :( So, yeah. My recommendations: Early start, good hiking shoes, and drinking water

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful. After finishing the ascent and going down around the back end and going down the first two switchbacks, and having the lake come into view down below, it was amazing.

The hike wasn't too bad. Lots of rocks throughout, and the beginning of the trail from the trailhead, and at the end of the ascent were the hardest.

Overall, I thought it was completely worth it. Just so beautiful. Make sure you leave early so there aren't that many crowds, or during the week.

hiking
13 days ago

Ended up stopping at Gem lake instead of going the wrest of the way up to Wright. It was a cloudy day but the lake was beautiful. Not many people but before all of that you come up to snow lake. That’s where it was packed.

backing.... it was my first time with my husband, and absolutely loved it!!! I’ve hiked snow many times and never get tired of the lakes! 9-6-19

14 days ago

This hike was awesome! The hike to the lake was not too bad at all, and the view when you got there was amazing!

on Gold Creek Pond Trail

walking
17 days ago

A beautiful quick hike around a quiet pond. My toddlers enjoyed their time in and out of the stroller.

Love this hike!!! The surprise view at the end was breathtaking. The day parking pass is only $5.00& you can purchase it at the visitor center off exit 3 across from the chevron. The wilderness pass is free & is located at the trail head. You only need one for the group. Only Max of 12 in a group. This trail is moderate however I’ve seen all ages and many kinds of dogs complete this trail. This is a high traffic trail on weekends & holidays. It took my husband & I about 2 hours to go up on Labor Day, with short breaks for water, photos & traffic. He even jumped in the water to swim!! You will love this view!!

Awesome views! Wear solid soled shoes as it’s very rocky. We went to Snow Lake and tracked it at about 3 miles in and back for 6 total. Totally worth it!

Very easy walk that anyone can do. If we do this again I'll bring stuff to bbq on the grills at the picnic site. For how short it is I feel another activity needs to be added in to make the drive worth while. No bugs today.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful indeed

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is a good intro to the longer, harder climbs that Washington state has to offer. It’s a straight shot in for a bit, then a pretty consistent climb up the switchbacks. You have some room to rest at the summit for a bit before continuing downhill to the lake itself. Watch your step if it’s rainy! The majority of the trail is rocky, and if it’s wet you can easily lose your step, especially on the way down. The views are 110% worth the effort though!

18 days ago

Beautiful!

This is one of my go to trail running spots. Most of the trail is runnable and the views along the way are amazing, however be super careful since in some spots the trail is very narrow so one wrong step and it will be your last. Most people turn around after reaching the Katwalk however if you keep going the lakes at the end are scenic and will tempt you to stay awhile. In fact the lakes are a fantastic place to camp. Since this is part of the PCT you won’t be alone, but it is not a crowded trail at all. Bring warm clothes because the area past the Katwalk tends to be pretty cold. I post photos of my hiking adventures on instagram under “adventuringKR”, including the ones from this hike.

from the gold Creek trail head it's about 16 miles round trip and is pretty easy up until the Alaska lake/Joe lake junction. after that you have better taken your adventure pills. the trail is not maintained and goes through shoulder high brush for about a mile or two until you get near the waterfall. after that it starts going up, and up and up. the trail is so verticle in some places that ropes are needed or at the very least extreme caution and two free hands to scramble up. that being said, Joe lake is entirely worth the effort.

Pretty lake, trail is pretty rocky so good footwear is key

Great Lakes views... the trail was WAY over crowded and the jagged rocks made for a long hike

Beautiful lake!!! Hike was well worth the views. Go Early!!!! I spent a lot of extra time hiking down due to the number of people hiking up the trail. Glad I went early before the crowd came.

hiking
18 days ago

The scenes along the road in August are quite different from it was in April. Though we just finished 1+ mile in April, the scenes along the road were already beautiful. But today, until we saw the lake, we feel it is worthy to spend 6 hours on this trail. The scene of the lake is spectacular, however, the trail condition is so bad, and to protect your ankles, please wear boots.

hiking
18 days ago

This is a steep uphill climb with a stunning alpine lake at the top. It’s not that long, so doable if you’re in passing shape. Along the way check out all the car-sized boulders strewn about the mature forest. The first lake you find, Cottonwood, is lovely and a short side trail takes you to the shore. But don’t fail to climb that last half mile to Mirror Lake. Parking is a bit annoying - on labor day weekend, we had to park half a mile down the maintained road, which is still half a mile up an unmaintained road (impassable without a high clearance 4wd) from the trailhead. The trailhead is marked only by a rotting wooden sign and is a narrow path into the bushes on the LEFT side as you reach the top of the unmaintained road. Don’t worry, it’s a major trail despite its modest appearance.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail! Well defined, good signage. Gradual incline with only a few switch backs at the top.
Took about an hour to reach the view point.

The trail is a mix of sheltered in the trees and exposed areas. Great views throughout!

We went on a weekend. A lot of people. So much so on our descent we got stuck in a massive traffic jam of people.

There are bathrooms at the trial head and plenty of parking.

hiking
19 days ago

Lake view is spectacular, but there are just too many people now doesn't matter what time you get there.

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