A short but strenuous climb to a high alpine lake, buried deep in snow, is what awaits snowshoers here. The length of the trail and the steepness with which it climbs are secondary considerations, however, for snowshoers will find an inordinate amount of natural beauty and winter wilderness on this trail. The idyllic little lake basin is situated in such a way that snowshoers who pause here for lunch may enjoy unmatched views of the whole of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area–from Mount Daniel to Mount Stuart–as well as the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area to the north, the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Area to the east, and the beautiful Skykomish Valley to the west.
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AIARE Avalanche Level 1 field training at Skyline Lake near Stevens Pass. Primary exercises included moving snowpack observations, digging a snow pit and performing a compression test, and companion rescue practice with avalanche beacon, probe, and snow shovel. Tom Davis and Lisa were also on this course. The course was offered through REI Outdoor School and taught by John & Olivia Race of the Northwest Mountain School. It included 3 days of training, about half the training was in the field.
Participants include John Race (instructor), Nicole Hansen, Lisa, and Tom Davis.
Reference: Green Trails: Benchmark Mtn No. 144, Stevens Pass, WA No. 176 Snowshoe Routes: Washington, by Dan A. Nelson, No. 41 Skyline Lake Snowshoe.
From Everett drive east on U.S. Highway 2 to the summit of Stevens Pass. Park in the ski area parking lots on the north side of the highway.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.7479,-121.0889)
3.25 miles, 1605 ft. gain, 8 hrs 05 min.