Kids on the trail to Lodge Lake. Credit: Jennifer Johnson
The trail to Lodge Lake begins from the far western edge of the parking lot for the Snoqualmie Pass ski area. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail south for two miles, you’ll enjoy wide views, fields of wildflowers, shady forest, streams — and the lake itself. Right at the trailhead, the path immediately begins climbing up the slopes, passing under the ski area’s chairlifts. If you need to catch your breath, you’ll have fabulous views east down the I-90 corridor. Indian paintbrush, monkeyflower, huckleberries and goldenrod provide swaths of color.
The trail levels out briefly and then winds down into the forested bowl where Lodge Lake sits. There are a few stream crossings that rarely cause a problem for hikers. Keep your eyes open for the trail to the lake that branches off to the right as you come around the south side. There are places to rest before heading back up the way you came.
Hike details: 4 miles, 950 feet elevation gain
Kids will love: Hiking under the ski lifts and looking down on I-90.
Parents should know: There is no toilet at the trailhead; you can visit the DOT rest area at the east end of the pass area before or after your hike. The section under the ski lifts has no shade, so wear sun protection if needed. The lake area can be muddy and buggy. A Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass is needed to park.
Next up: Icicle Gorge Nature Loop