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Surprise Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West
47.7078, -121.1567 Map & Directions
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,300 feet
Highest Point
4,500 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
On the way to Surprise Lake. Photo by Joel F.
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Waterfalls
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes

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Heading to Surprise Lake in the winter can be rewarding, but be sure you know your avalanche warning signs before heading up. Continue reading

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Hiking Surprise Lake Snowshoe

Heading to Surprise Lake in the winter can be rewarding, but be sure you know your avalanche warning signs before heading up.

This backcountry snowshoe route does not follow any road or trail, but winds up the narrow Skykomish River Valley just over four miles to the banks of Surprise Lake. You'll get some views on the way to the lake, but the large lake opens up the best views of the trek.

The Central Cascades are notoriously steep -- be avalanche aware on this trek and remember, while you may encounter other tracks, don't rely on them as your route-finding source.

Surprise Lake Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.7078, -121.1567 Open in Google Maps

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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

Drive Highway 2 to just before the hairpin turn, 10 miles east of Skykomish. Shortly after passing the Iron Goat Interpretive Area, look for a large parking area to your right and cross the railroad tracks. Turn right, following a narrow track for a short way to the trailhead, just under some telephone lines.

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Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

Surprise Lake (#1060)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

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Surprise Lake Snowshoe

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