Sometimes you just need to take a hike, amirite? Don’t get me wrong, I adore my life in Seattle. Abundant happy hours every day of the week, smooth and strong espresso on every corner, dog parks galore and a booming arts scene are just a few of the reasons I feel #blessed to call Seattle my home. But I needed a break from the buzz of Belltown and found myself aching for some fresh mountain air and a great work out. I decided to embark on a hiking adventure with friends just outside of the city and ventured east to Snow Lake in the Snoqualmie Pass Region.
Snow Lake is one the most popular lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, so be prepared to get there early and be friendly to your fellow hikers. The 7.2 mile round trip provides the perfect blend of fitness and rejuvenation through the natural wonder of the great outdoors. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned trail runner, be sure to come prepared with adequate water to hydrate and snacks to refuel during pit stops.
We began the hike at the base of the Alpental Ski Resort. With an initial 200 foot climb up log steps, it didn’t feel long for our glutes to start feeling the burn. For the next mile we continued along a scenic trail through the forest. I had high expectations for the scenery of the trail, especially after checking out the Summit at Snoqualmie’s own summary of the area:
“Alpental, a legend in its own right for 40 years, is home to some of the most challenging, adrenaline charged and breathtaking terrain in North America. When you’re ready, Alpental is waiting for you!”
With a summary like that, there’s only two possible outcomes: this would be one of the greatest hikes of late summer or they’ve got a killer writer on their marketing team. Turns out, it was both.
After about a mile the hike starts to pick up. The forested trail begins to dissipate and turns a bit rocky. The 1,800 feet gain guides hikers towards higher elevation and a chance to experience Mother Nature’s reward for a job well done.
The views are breath taking and makes the hike worth every single step.
When we reached one of the most difficult points of the hike, we saw the slightest peak of the lake and it was an incredible feeling.
After we reached the high peak, it was a downhill race to the lake.
There’s something about Pacific Northwest sunshine beaming down on you in the great outdoors. The fresh air, the natural beauty and stunning views were everything I hoped I’d find in my escape from the city. Where is your hike near Seattle? Let us know in the comments!
Where: Snow Lake
Length: 7.2 miles round trip
Gain: 1,800 feet
Highest Point: 4,400 feet