Snow and Gem Lakes Snowshoe

Mileage: 10 miles RT

Elevation Gain/Highest: 1800/4857ft

Map: Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass 207

Favorite Eats After Hike: Aardvark, North Bend Bar & Grill. The Commonwealth does have salad options and a decent hard cider.

Find out current conditions and as always, practice Leave No Trace.  Pretty Please.

My Hike:

11/22/2016 We started out with spikes today and were one of the first groups on the trail. I must admit, I hadn’t done this popular hike before.  Things were good and icy all the way to Snow Lake and we stopped for a break on the rock out cropping before you drop down the switchbacks to the lake.

Continuing on past Snow, we made our way over the outlet and up towards Gem. Shortly after the slope traverse, we put on snowshoes for the rest of our journey.  We had lunch by ourselves at Gem but saw a few folks headed over to do some climbing on the peak to the west.  Two of our group who were feeling ambitious climbed up to the top of Wright Mountain as we watched from below.

The crowds had moved in while we were there so our return trip had us passing by many an unprepared hiker for the trail conditions.  Lots of slipping and sliding.  Even folks heading up at 3:30 pm from the TH. Thank goodness for microspikes.

Directions: From Exit 52 off I-90, turn left and drive to the ski area parking at Alpental. Arrive early, parking fills up fast on the weekends.

For more hikes along I-90, click HERE. Interested in a less crowded route to this beautiful spot?  Check out my Backdoor Snow Lake trip!

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