Snow Lake Trail

Snow Lake Trail

Snow Lake Trail


10 Years Experience

Specialized in Camping & Trekking

10.8 Kilometers Out and Back

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

3 Hours and 42 Minutes

July and October

Dogs Are Permitted

Camelback Mountain via Echo Canyon Trail

This 10.8-kilometer out-and-back track near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, is worth exploring. It takes an average of 3 hours 42 minutes to finish this moderately difficult route. This is a popular backpacking, camping, and hiking region, so you'll almost certainly run into other people while exploring. This trail is best visited between July and October. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.

This is one of the most popular hikes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, beginning at the Alpental Ski Area and heading up to the spectacular Snow Lake. The trail begins by ascending alongside the South Fork Snoqualmie River, with Snoqualmie Mountain to the right. On your route up to the destination, you'll cross multiple waterfalls and steep switchbacks.

Begin your trek in the parking lot next to the Snow Lakes Trailhead, roughly 1.5 miles north of the Snoqualmie Pass highway exit. The Snow Lake Trail is also a popular entry point into the broader Alpine Lakes Wilderness, making it an excellent starting point for overnight treks. If you are seeking for the popular Snow Lakes in the Enchantments Permit area, this hike is not within it. Turn north here and follow the route shown. The views from the top are spectacular, with Snow Lake and Chair Peak in the distance.

Avalanches are always a possibility when hiking in the winter, so be cautious and prepared. Depending on the time of year you hike this trail, snowshoes or microspikes are also advised. In the winter, the trail can become difficult to travel, thus it is essential that you record your trek to stay on track.