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
- Distance: 6.0
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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.
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Hike up green ski slopes. Small rivulets carry the last of the spring runoff down the mountainside.
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Cross the ski resort access road and continue on the trail.
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Enter a pristine forest of cedar and fir.
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The trail arrives at Beaver Lake and hugs its shores before starting a gradual descent.
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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.
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Turn right onto the spur trail that leads to Lodge Lake.
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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.
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Hiking up the wildflower meadows below ski lifts.
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Ethereal mist falls on a thawing Beaver Lake.
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Cross over a stream and touch a gushing waterfall.
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A small sign indicates access to Lodge Lake.
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The frosted shores of Lodge Lake.