Seattle, WA: Lodge and Beaver Lakes

Link pristine forests, wildflower meadows, and two picturesque lakes on this gentle, 3.7-mile hike near Snoqualmie Pass.
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Link pristine forests, wildflower meadows, and two picturesque lakes on this gentle, 3.7-mile hike near Snoqualmie Pass.

Although short on miles, this 3.7-miler on Snoqualmie Pass packs in a lot of payoffs: moss-draped forest, two mountain lakes, and wildflower-filled meadows. From the trailhead at The Summit ski area, the gentle trail winds through stands of young firs to the edge of the grassy ski slopes. Continue south across the runs (and beneath ski lifts) for 0.7 mile; the trail alternates between a path and a streambed as it enters an increasingly pristine forest of cedar and fir.
Just shy of a mile, the trail arrives at Beaver Lake and hugs its shores before starting a gradual descent to Lodge Lake. You'll pass a small waterfall and catch brief glimpses of Lodge Lake as the trail travels toward the southwest edge of the lake. Named for the Snoqualmie Lodge, which was built in 1914 and burned to the ground in 1944 (a second lodge burned down in 2006), Lodge Lake is the perfect place to picnic before turning around and heading back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, hikingwithmybrother.com

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.0

Waypoints

LBL001

Location: 47.427318, -121.421607

Park at the end of the long gravel lot. The hike begins at the trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail. Follow the gentle trail through a stretch of young firs.

LBL002

Location: 47.425808, -121.421118

Hike up green ski slopes. Small rivulets carry the last of the spring runoff down the mountainside.

LBL003

Location: 47.422302, -121.421038

Cross the ski resort access road and continue on the trail.

LBL004

Location: 47.417351, -121.425147

Enter a pristine forest of cedar and fir.

LBL005

Location: 47.416846, -121.426052

The trail arrives at Beaver Lake and hugs its shores before starting a gradual descent.

LBL006

Location: 47.408341, -121.428205

You'll catch brief glimpses of Lodge Lake as the trail descends toward the far end of the lake. Ahead, look for the signed spur trail that leads to the lakeshore.

LBL007

Location: 47.407503, -121.431622

Turn right onto the spur trail that leads to Lodge Lake.

LBL008

Location: 47.408508, -121.431096

Lodge Lake: This small lake gets its name from the Snoqualmie Lodge, which was built in 1914 and burned to the ground in 1944. Although another lodge was built in 1948, it burned down in May 2006. Before turning around, grab a bite to eat on the lakeshore.

Wildflowers

Location: 47.426403, -121.421478

Trail Marker

Location: 47.427325, -121.421456

Meadows

Location: 47.425191, -121.421043

Hiking up the wildflower meadows below ski lifts.

Small Creeklet

Location: 47.419377, -121.422765

Beaver Lake

Location: 47.416847, -121.425968

Ethereal mist falls on a thawing Beaver Lake.

Waterfall

Location: 47.408661, -121.42755

Cross over a stream and touch a gushing waterfall.

Trail Marker

Location: 47.407513, -121.431531

A small sign indicates access to Lodge Lake.

Lodge Lake

Location: 47.40851, -121.431026

The frosted shores of Lodge Lake.