Run to Lower Wildcat Lake

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Get amazing views of Snow, Gem, and Lower Wildcat Lakes. Beat the crowds and jump on the trail early. Luck out and get permission to camp at Snow Lake. The total trip is a approximately 14 miles roundtrip.

Friday after work I headed out to Snow Lake Trail and found my perfect camping spot. There is a sign that says no Camping but I broke the rule since I got the ok from the Forrest Department of Agriculture. Spent the night at Snow Lake and then Saturday I ran over to Gem Lake and notice no one there. Ran up to Lower Wildcat Lake and went up the summit there. An Amazing view of the area but be an expert climber for that.

From the start of the trail it is 3.4 miles to Snow Lake. The morning's run to Gem Lake is an additional 1.7 miles. After leaving Gem, it's an additional 1.9 miles to Lower Wildcat Lake.

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52 (signed for Snoqualmie Pass west). Turn left (north), crossing under the freeway, and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.

Co-ordinates: 47.4454, -121.4230

Pack List

  • Pack list for a day trip:
  • Camelbak
  • Snacks
  • Protein bars
  • Camera
  • Change of clothes for the trip and when you get done too.

Overnight Pack list:* I pack 4 changes of clothes,* Socks* Running tights* Shirts* Bandanas* 2 jackets* Additional pair of shoes* Camelbak with a water filter to refill my pack* Mountain House freeze dried meals, Beef Jerky* Cornnuts* Banana chips* JetBoil to heat up your water* Propane* Bear Hang rope for the bag of food* Coffee is a must!* Sleeping bag* Tent* Portable charger for my Samsung Galaxy S5

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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Running

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Features:

Lake
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Added by Warren Behymer

Sharing my weekend adventures in the mountains from Washington State. 

 Hiking, mountain running, camping and backpacking.

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