Starting to feel the pressures of winter coming, I decided it would be nice to fit in one last alpine lake hike before the snow arrives. After some research I was pleasantly surprised to find that the popular Snow Lake hike was in fact still snow free. So on Saturday I headed up there with a friend on a perfectly gorgeous fall day (after a whole week of grey skies & rain!). And I was reminded that there’s something really special about late fall hikes – the trails are a lot emptier, the air is crisp and you appreciate every bit of sun that comes your way.
The great things about Snow Lake are its accessibility from i90 (trailheads in the Alpental Ski parking lot) and its short climb (only 9 switchbacks!). The effort spent climbing isn’t much for the payoff – a beautiful lake situated in the Apline Lakes Wilderness. And there’s plenty of room for lunch so pack yourself some food and stay a while.
Lettering Medium: Watercolor
Distance Roundtrip: 7.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Elevation: 4400 ft.
Location: Snoqualmie Pass