I am a little behind on getting my posts up. On October 29th I set out on a soggy NW day with the 40+ Slackers group to Snow Lake. Our original destination was Gem Lake, but we started to encounter sleet and wind and decided to turn around shortly after Snow Lake.
Snow Lake is part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Snoqualmie Pass. This hike is usually a super highway for hikers because it isn’t too far from Seattle. Here are the stats:
Round trip 7.2 miles, 1800 feet Elevation gain, High Point 4400 feet.
Parking pass required: NW Forest Pass
On a nice day this trail can be very crowded, so I recommend getting there early. In the winter, make sure you check on snow conditions and avalanche danger. For more information and driving directions check out wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/snow-lake-1
Note: there is more than one Snow Lake in Washington, make sure you are checking trip reports for the correct trail.
On the day we set out it was VERY wet and foggy. The trail starts on the north end of the main Alpental Parking lot and gradually climbs up to the top of the saddle before dropping down to the lake. Don’t forget your rain gear this time of year in addition to a hat and gloves. I also highly recommend hiking boots and poles for this trail on a wet day as it is rocky and may be slippery in places. The fog was kind-of interesting in the trees and valleys.
Half a mile from the saddle and a 400 m drop in elevation you will arrive at the lake. There is a little creek crossing that may be a little tricky, just take it slow, and continue around the lake.
We continued a little ways around the lake as our original destination was Gem Lake which is a couple of miles further. When the weather turned so did we. I need to figure out what to do with my camera in wet weather, it is really hard to keep it dry. I guess with some trial and error I will get it.