Run to Lower Wildcat Lake

Snow Lakes Trail

Activities

Camping, Running, Backpacking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Warren Behymer

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

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Activities

Camping, Running, Backpacking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Warren Behymer

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