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Snow Lake — Oct 25, 2013 — MMM
Day hike
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Almost snow free. hike all the way around the lake. Goat tracks and droppings (no sightings). Only o...
Almost snow free. hike all the way around the lake. Goat tracks and droppings (no sightings). Only one other party on trail.
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Snow Lake, Snow Lake — Oct 17, 2013 — markusg
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail
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Great day for a day hike to Snow Lake, sunny and not too cold. Some snow on the trail, some water, ...
Great day for a day hike to Snow Lake, sunny and not too cold. Some snow on the trail, some water, but trail still in good shape.
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Snow Lake — Oct 13, 2013 — pamtron101
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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Beautiful day for a hike, clear skies and clear paths. There was sparse splashes of snow here and t...
Beautiful day for a hike, clear skies and clear paths. There was sparse splashes of snow here and there skirting but not crossing the trail as you descend into the Snow Lake basin, no trouble at all. Quite a few people bringing their puppy dogs on the trail (remember to pick up after your pups, saw a very obvious dog "deposit" inches from the trail). The golden/red fall colors are really starting to pop out of the scenery, breathtaking. Don't miss it!
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Snow Lake, Bench and Snow Lakes — Jul 14, 2013 — Raladic
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bugs
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We hiked the Bench and Snow Lake trail on a sunny day. The trail is in great condition, but goes a ...
We hiked the Bench and Snow Lake trail on a sunny day.
The trail is in great condition, but goes a lot up and down. You are in and out of shade, so make sure to bring your sunscreen and plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
The view along the trail is amazing and the waterfall at Snow Lake is impressive as you can go right up to it - the maintained trail ends about .1 miles before the waterfall at the lake.
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Wright Mountain, Snow Lake, Gem Lake — Sep 16, 2012 — Theresa
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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This is a busy hike. That being said, I don’t have an extraordinary sense of direction and deci...
This is a busy hike.

That being said, I don’t have an extraordinary sense of direction and decided to take a solo-hike today. Thus, I purposely chose the busiest wilderness hike around- Snow Lake.

Though steadily gaining elevation, the hike to Snow Lake is far from difficult. I reached the lake in less time than I imagined (70 minutes). The trek from Snow Lake to Gem Lake was also surprisingly quick, totaling approximately 45 minutes. If you are headed to Gem Lake, I strongly recommend making the short scramble to the peak of Wright Mountain, from which you can survey both lakes and the surrounding terrain. Although the wild fires in Eastern Washington have significantly limited visibility, it was still worth the 25 minutes or so and energy expended. As I ate and journaled atop Wright Mountain, only three other people ventured to the summit.

Note that the path between Snow Lake and Gem Lake can be confusing as there are many branches from the main trail. Pay attention as you hike up (when I had no trouble staying on track) and you should be fine on the way down (when I couldn’t figure out which path to take).

So long as you don’t expect to be hiking in solitude to Snow Lake, this is a hike I’d highly recommend!
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Mt. Rainier -- SW - Cayuse Pass / Steven's Canyon
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Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

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