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Surprise Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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8.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.


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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.

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 map in new window


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

Surprise Lake (#1060)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

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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