North Bend, WA
The Snow Lake Trail is possibly the most heavily used wilderness trail in the state, so snowshoers who hike here may be surprised to find so few fellow snowshoers on the route with them. Sure, when the snow is unstable, avalanche dangers are scary. But when the conditions are stable and the avalanche danger is listed as moderate or lower, the trail to Source Lake (and on up to Snow Lake) makes a wonderful outing for snowshoers. On the moderate, short hike to Source Lake, snowshoers can bask in glorious views of Denny Mountain, The Tooth, Bryant Peak, Chair Peak, and Snoqualmie Mountain. Those with sharp eyes can sometimes spot radical extreme-skiers sneaking away from the Alpental Ski Area to launch themselves down the near-vertical snow-laden slopes of these peaks. Those who would rather watch a more natural variety of wildlife can scan the skies to spot red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, ravens, and falcons. Martens, hares, weasels, and squirrels burrow through and scamper over the snow around the trail.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||North Bend|
|Elevation Gain||2,300 ft|
|Skill Level||More difficult|
|Season||January through early March|
|Top Elevation||5,300 ft|
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