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