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Gem Lake

Snoqualmie Region


Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass
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10.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 4857 ft.


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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.

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.


Gem Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4453, -121.4235 Open map in new window


Snoqualmie Region -- Snoqualmie Pass

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

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

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

Download a map to plan your hike

Buy the Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207 map

Buy the Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S map

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.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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