While the big crowds are spending the day at the better known Skyline Lake, I prefer to head a few miles further east from the pass to snowshoe up to Lanham Lake. Skyline has the bigger views, no doubt, but the trail up to it is pretty boring and drab. Lanham, while not as exciting a destination, has a trail which is beautiful and a real pleasure to spend a few hours on.
It's also worth mentioning that Lanham Lake is a great snowshoe because it's relatively avalanche safe: the trail crosses no dangerous slopes or avalanche chutes, and remains solidly within heavily treed areas the entire time. You'll definitely be at greater risk from driving over the pass than from putting your snowshoes to this trail.
Depending on your ground force you might be able to do most of this trail in spikes alone, but all of the snow to either side of the trail and definitely everything around the lake will have you wanting snowshoes. This is also a STEEP trail, so you'll definitely want to make sure that your snowshoes have good teeth under them and that you've got poles to haul yourself on the up and slow yourself on the down. Speaking of the down, I have never failed to fall and slide along on my butt while descending this trail away from the lake. Take it slow and be careful so you don't twist, sprain, or break anything.
Until we get another good snowfall in the mountains you can except this trail to continue be a thick layer of snow under and hard and slick crust of ice. Enjoy!
WTA is an organization that is powered by members, and if you're reading this trip report then I know that you value the resources they provide. So if you value what you get from WTA I hope that you're a member already, and if you're not then I really encourage you to become one! It's fast, it's easy, and the return on your investment is priceless.
The trails we hike on—including this one—were likely built and maintained by WTA volunteers. Stepping beyond being a member, WTA always needs more people to put their boots on the ground with a shovel (or grub hoe, or Pulaski, or loppers) in their hand, to help maintain the places and experiences we love. No experience is necessary and fun is guaranteed!