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Gem Lake

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass
47.4453, -121.4235 Map & Directions
Length
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2200 feet
Highest Point
4857 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
A few smaller tarns with the larger lake behind them. Photo by wanderpaws Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

Gem Lake is nestled at the foot of Wright Mountain and is about two miles beyond the trail junction at Rock Creek trail #1013.1 that intersects with the Snow Lake trail starting at Alpental. Beautiful colors surround the lake in autumn as do the many climbable peaks in the area. Continue reading

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Hiking Gem Lake

Gem Lake is nestled at the foot of Wright Mountain and is about two miles beyond the trail junction at Rock Creek trail #1013.1 that intersects with the Snow Lake trail starting at Alpental. Beautiful colors surround the lake in autumn as do the many climbable peaks in the area.

If you're coming from Snow Lake, follow the Main Trail (there are signs) all the way around the lake. Eventually, you'll see the sign for Gem Lake where you take a left and continue past a couple more views of Snow Lake, including over a log bridge.

The trail takes you up again for about a mile, through another rock field and some mountain meadows until you reach Gem Lake, which rests at a higher elevation than it's much larger neighbor, Snow Lake.

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Gem Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4453, -121.4235 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Exit 52 off I-90, drive to the ski area parking at Alpental. Be aware that there are private residences near Alpental and respect requests for No Parking that may exist.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

Gem Lake (#1013), High Lakes (#1012)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region 2nd Ed. (Nelson and Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

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