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Twin Lakes Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass
47.3830, -121.3928 Map & Directions
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
400 feet
Highest Point
3,100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Twin Lakes. Photo by Out of shape snowshoer.

This is a snowshoe up a Forest Road before continuing through to a lake basin just off I-90. Continue reading

  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

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Hiking Twin Lakes Snowshoe

You'll snowshoe up Forest Road 9070 from the Hyak Sno-Park and then make a sharp right-hand turn, continuing straight onto the Cold Creek Trail. Blue diamond blazes on trees mark where the trail cutting up to FR 9070 is, but you'll likely need to hunt for them. After you pass the road that heads to Keechelus Lake, you'll come to a spot with a view over the lake and a small piece of land that sticks out into the water (likely frozen and snowy this time of year). When you see that vista, pay close attention to trees on the right side of the trail. The blue diamond blazes will be there shortly. 

The Forest Road makes for a quiet, relatively moderate climb to the hairpin after 1.5 miles. Keep an eye out to your left for a sign for Cold Creek Trail on the switchback, though winter storms can bury it.

Once on the trail itself, the way becomes harder to follow. Despite the existence of a summer trail, there is no clear trail to follow in winter, so you'll need to use your basic wayfinding skills. The creek is to your left, and it drains out of the lake, so the lake is ahead.

Nevertheless, having a map or a GPS device is a must in order to accurately navigate to the lake. It's a long hike, too -- 4 miles one way to Twin Lakes, so be fully prepared for a long day in the woods. 

On clear days at the lake, you'll enjoy views of Silver Peak. Through the forest, views are limited, but the trees make great company, as do the wildlife flitting from tree to tree.

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Twin Lakes Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.3830, -121.3928 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

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 Seattle, take I-90 east to Exit 54, then park in the Hyak Sno-Park. Forest Road 9070 sits to the south, and is where the snowshoe route begins.

More Hike Details


Snoqualmie Region > Snoqualmie Pass

Cold Creek Trail (#1303)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes Washington (Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails No. 207

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