Gem Lake via Snow Lake Trail and High Lakes Trail
2 reviews Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest #18 hike out of 339 in
2 hrs 17 min
This is a difficult one way trail to Gem Lake in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
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I'm not sure this is a "difficult" hike considering the moderate elevation gain (just under 3,000 by my measurements). I did this in pouring rain and it was less than fun, but I did have the trail to myself most of the day. The trail to Snow Lake handles the water well, except for a few stream/waterfall crossings. Beyond Snow Lake the trail often becomes just a stream bed or giant puddle forcing you to rock hop or take alternate paths. I'm giving it the summer rating because this really is a great route. Late fall in the rain, it is one star.★ ★ ★ ★
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