Back in August, Jack and I had the pleasure of flying out to the Seattle to celebrate the nuptials of two very good friends. Since neither of us had been to Seattle or the West Coast, we decided to extend our vacation by a few days to accommodate all of the activities we had in mind – food tours, shopping, and even seeing Tom Petty perform at The Gorge Amphitheatre. Part of our fun-filled schedule was also dedicated to experiencing the best hiking Seattle has to offer.
Being a professional planner, I spent hours on Google researching trails and mountains only to discover that there is no such thing as “the best hiking trail in Seattle.” They all seemed to be equally stunning with comparable reviews across the board from advanced and novice hikers alike. After thorough research, I settled on Snow Lake in North Bend, Washington. I liked the fact that it was close to the city (about 45-60 minutes away) and offered a trail long enough for us to spend the entire day on the mountain or return when our tummies started grumbling around lunch time. And to be honest, I was very excited about the selfies we would take with a gorgeous lake in the background.
The hike to Snow Lake was a little over seven miles round trip and offered stunning views of the Snoqualmie Pass. It was a fairly easy hike for the first mile or so but became more challenging as we reached the two-mile mark heading up the mountain. The incline between miles two and three, paired with the two liters of water we were carrying, gave our booties a great workout! As we reached the peak of the hike, a large boulder on our left grabbed Jack’s attention and childhood memories of climbing trees glazed over his eyes. So, naturally, we had to climb up this boulder before we could continue our hike.
And I am so glad we did!
The view from the top of the boulder gave us our first glimpse of Snow Lake and it was absolutely breathtaking.
After (carefully) climbing down the boulder, we continued on the last ½ mile descent down to the lakefront. A few hikers were eating lunch and some were finding the best spot to jump into the crystal clear water. We explored the lakefront area for about 30 minutes before we decided to eat our lunch back on top of the boulder.
A couple french sandwiches and crushed macaroons later, we took the 3-mile trek down the mountain and drove our tiny rental car back into the city.
If you are hiking Snow Lake, look for the boulder on the left right before the descent down to the lakefront. We promise you, you won’t regret climbing up there!