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Snow Lake, WA

New topo map for Snow Lake.

This hike to Snow Lake occurred a little early in the Spring for this trail. Last year when we went in late July we saw some snow on the trail and snow in the Lake. But, this year we went almost two months earlier and had snow on almost 50% of the trail approaching the first over look of the lake. This year we did not go down to the edge of the lake as the trail down to the lake was completely snowed in.

You can see the picture from my first trip to Snow Lake.

(June 7th, 2003; 3 hours 20 minutes round trip)

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I believe this peak is called The Tooth. The altitude at the peak is 5604 feet. "Come on you slow pokes. Let go!"
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Unlike last year's hike to Snow Lake which did not encounter snow until we actual saw the lake, this years hike encountered snow almost immediately. This picture was taken looking up the first switchback to Snow Lake at the fork which goes to Source Lake.
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It was a good thing that we started our hike at 7:30 am as June 7th turned out to be a very warm day for the Seattle area. Almost 90 degrees! Snow Lake, still frozen on this day in early June. This little bird flew in and sat right down in front of us. I'm not positive, but, I believe the bird is a Black-capped Chickadee. Send me an email if I'm wrong.
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Another picture of Snow Lake. Yet another picture of Snow Lake.
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Walking through a snow patch on our way back. We must have crossed a half dozen streams on this short hike. This one was one of the few streams that was in the forest. All of them were running fast with cold water from the melting snow pack.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.