Snow Lake Snowshoe
Apr 23, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Snow Lake Snowshoe
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
- Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District
- Trails: Snow Lake (#1013)
- Avg Rating: 4.25
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
- Avalanche danger
I got close to Source Lake which is just a little over 1.5 miles in and marks the point at which you need to turn North to climb up a pass between Chair Peak and Snoqualmie Mountain. At this time it was almost 11:30am, the UV index and temp was high, and I became concerned that the 3 or 4 small avalanche chutes and snow covered creek crossings I traversed along the trail would be very soft and slow to navigate if I waited more than an hour or two to head back....so I took some pictures and turned around to get back passed them before the mid-afternoon sun turned those chutes into moving snow-cone earth.
The most useful notes I can provide are the following:
A: The snowshoe trail to Snow Lake has barely been touched since the last snow. I identified one snowshoe track and maybe two different snow boot treads. The snow boot hiker didn't look like he had a fun time...as I found numerous sink holes caused by his boots where his legs dipped into the snow two or three feet. Other then that, I was breaking the trail in a little bit. On my way back, another snowshoe hiker came through. So anyone looking to do the trail soon ought to head out the next week or two and take advantage of those extra tracks.
B: Hike as early as you can if the weather is going to be sunny, warm, humid, or rainy. It's far from avalanche proof territory.
C: If you're wondering how much snow there was, it's hard to say for sure. I estimated anywhere from 3 to 4 feet on exposed snow clinging to steep slopes...to 5 to 9ft on flatter areas shaded by tree. The trail is probably +/- 2 months away from seeing significant stretches of the dirt trail.
D: Scenery: Awesome as are most hikes in the Snoqualmie corridor.