Snoqualmie Pass, Washington for Short Hike on the PCT

Needed a short break to stretch the legs so stopped at Snoqualmie Pass ski area, parking at the Lodge Lake Trailhead. The trail climbs easily through scrubby forest for about a half mile, when all the sudden you pop out of the woods and you are hiking on the slopes of Snoqaulmie Pass’ ski runs. In summer, these ski runs are grassy with flowers, mostly fireweed, in bloom. The trail is a narrow one and rocky in places, but easy to follow. You continue on, with the sun warming you as you pass under the ski lifts, before you crest a ridge at about the 3500 foot level. The trail then heads along the ridge line to tiny Beaver Lake. Unfortunately had to turn back at the lake as this was just a short stop for us. If you continued on you would eventually get to Lodge Lake, an easy 1.5 miles from the trailhead, 3 miles roundtrip.

To get to the trailhead, you will be on the south side of I-90 where it bends from north to south (I was heading east bound) at the Snoqualmie summit (see map). This is the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) you are hiking on. At 2,650 miles long from the border with Mexico to the Canadian border, you will be hiking a very small section. You can think about all the thru hikers who walk this same path when you are hiking to Beaver Lake or beyond.

There is gas and food here at the summit. Also, there is a great food truck here; I’m sorry that I can’t remember the name. Fantastic Mexican food!!

Insider Tip

We were here during the week on a summer day. We had the place to ourselves.

Where I stayed / started

Lodge Lake Trialhead

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