Snoqualmie Pass Off The Beaten Path

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    Lake Lillian Hike (Lake Laura)

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 13, 2008
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    Lake Laura is a small lake in comparison to Lake Lillian. It is no nearly as deep either. Lake Laura takes on a horseshoe shape as it travels around a large island at it's center. I took a small inflatable raft on my second hike to the area and climbed up to the top of the island for great views of Lillian Falls. Without that transport device i don't think one can access the island. In any case Lake Laura is a logical resting point which is just over halfway on the hike and it is a fairly relaxing place to take a break.

    Directoins:
    Take the Gold Creek exit off I-90 past Snoqualmie Pass. Follow signs to Gold Creek and pass it on the paved road. After 3.89 miles from the interstate you will reach a y in the road go left proceed until the road is obstructed. Hike from there to a gravel switchback with old burn piles. Follow a path that becomes more obvious from there. After about 2/3 of a mile (1 km) you will arrive at lake Laura and Lillian Falls views.

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    Snow Lake Hike

    by GuthrieColin Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    Snow Lake is one of the most traveled hikes in the Alpine Lakes Region and for good reason. The lake at the end of the hike is a very large lake by alpine terms. It also as its name suggests, stays frozen very late into the year. In all it is about 4 miles one way with an elevation gain of about 1700 feet (518 m).
    There are also several waterfalls that can be viewed while on this hike. The first is Cave Ridge Falls which may be as tall at 350 feet (106 m) but may fall under the seasonal bug. The next waterfall seen on the hike is Aplental Falls which is about 250 feet (76 m). This fall is also somewhat seasonal. After these two falls the trail passes by about 4 more in the span of about 1/4 mile.
    From the first part of the hike the elevation starts accruing and you will soon find yourself on the top of a ridge making your way down to the lake. It is a great sense of accomplishment when you finally get your first glimpse of the lake. From there if you find the desire to really be adventurous there is another waterfall on the far side of the lake that is the runoff of Snow Lake. I was not able to access it since the snow was a little too deep but Rock Creek Falls must be some sight at over 1,000 feet (30 m).

    Directions:
    From North Bend on I-90 take the first Exit for Snoqualmie Pass. Go left and follow to the Alpental Ski Area parking lot. The trailhead is to the east end of the lot.

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    Lake Lillian Hike (Rocky Run Falls)

    by GuthrieColin Written Nov 25, 2007

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    Rocky Run Falls is about 150 feet (45 m) and is very interesting in its path. The first tier is a veiling wall that flows over a platform then the rest of the falls seems to be a long rock to rock skipping down the hillside.
    The falls can be seen from the approaching forest road as a white streak down the hillside. They are are noisy and can't be missed since the trail passes directly adjacent to them.

    Directions:
    Take the Gold Creek exit off I-90 past Snoqualmie Pass. Follow signs to Gold Creek and pass it on the paved road. After 3.89 miles from the interstate you will reach a y in the road go left proceed until the road is obstructed. Hike from there to a gravel switchback with old burn piles. Follow a path that becomes more obvious from there. After few tenths of a mile you will hear the falls from there detour down the ravine and look across.

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    Lillian Falls Hike (Laura Falls)

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 25, 2007

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    Laura Falls

    Laura Falls is about 70 feet (21 m) tall and is created just after the outlet of Lake Laura. The falls are not seen from the trail but can be heard from the trail. They can be seen by taking a short detour off the trail once they can be heard. This fall surprisingly seems to look very similar in high and low water periods. Getting to the base takes a lot of work and the views are not much different. I would suggest enjoying it from across the small ravine.

    Directions:
    Take the Gold Creek exit off I-90 past Snoqualmie Pass. Follow signs to Gold Creek and pass it on the paved road. After 3.89 miles from the interstate you will reach a y in the road go left proceed until the road is obstructed. Hike from there to a gravel switchback with old burn piles. Follow a path that becomes more obvious from there. After few tenths of a mile you will hear the falls from there detour down the ravine and look across.

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    Lake Lillian Hike (Lillian Falls)

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 25, 2007

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    After a very steep hike up a hill you will arrive at Lake Laura. A seemingly large lake for its position on the hillside. From there you may see Lillian Falls in the snow melt season. Lillian Falls is the tallest of the 4 encountered on the hike at 250 feet (76 m) but has a very small volume at most times of the year.
    Lillian Falls begins directly after exiting Lake Lillian. It begins with several very tall drops then spreads out in at least 3 smaller sections and makes its way into Lake Laura. Best Views are found from the top of the Island in the middle of Lake Lillian. I used an inflatable raft to get there, you are on your own.

    Directions:
    Take the Gold Creek exit off I-90 past Snoqualmie Pass. Follow signs to Gold Creek and pass it on the paved road. After 3.89 miles from the interstate you will reach a y in the road go left proceed until the road is obstructed. Hike from there to a gravel switchback with old burn piles. Follow a path that becomes more obvious from there. After about 2/3 of a mile (1 km) you will arrive at lake Laura and Lillian Falls views.

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    Lake Lillian Hike

    by GuthrieColin Updated Nov 25, 2007

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    Lake Lillian at Winters End
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    At most the hike would be 2 miles (3.2 km) one way however, I presume it is less. The reason I would question it to be that long is that it’s a very steep trail and it is quite strenuous for that reason. Along this hike you will pass three waterfalls.
    Continuing up the trail, you will find Lake Lillian. It is much larger than Lake Laura and with well groomed paths around the lake. A great view can be found by hiking up its southern bank. On a return trip I investigated a small cave on the uphill side of the lake by crossing the lake with inflatable rafts. The featured picture is from just outside of that cave.

    Directions:
    Take the Gold Creek exit off I-90 past Snoqualmie Pass. Follow signs to Gold Creek and pass it on the paved road. After 3.89 miles from the interstate you will reach a y in the road go left proceed until the road is obstructed. Hike from there to a gravel switchback with old burn piles. Follow a path that becomes more obvious from there.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Adventure Travel

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