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Gem Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (5)

Extend a trip on Snow Lake Trail to its smaller sister, perched a few hundred feet above.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

66%

Runnable

4,886' 1,489 m

High

4,047' 1,234 m

Low

861' 262 m

Up

86' 26 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildlife

The trail is typically covered in snow from October-June.

Runner Notes

For those looking for a longer run, a well-maintained trail continues from Gem Lake to Lower Wildcat Lake.

Description

After meandering around Snow Lake, take a left at a marked intersection with signs to Gem Lake. From here, the trail climbs quickly out of the Snow Lake basin.

The path is easy to follow, climbing through boulder fields and marshy meadows. The trail is technical in places as you cross the boulders. As you climb, take a look back at a nice view of Snow Lake as you leave it behind. The rugged Gem Lake comes into view as you crest the ridge. A quick descent brings you to the lake.

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Shared By:

Dan Sloat

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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#474

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#10,250

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Photos

Snow Lake.
May 2, 2017 near Riverbend, WA
The lake itself is magnificent.
Oct 8, 2019 near Riverbend, WA
Gem Lake in winter afternoon light.
Nov 22, 2020 near Tanner, WA
Snowy tarn near Gem Lake.
Nov 22, 2020 near Tanner, WA
Chair Peak along the trail to Gem Lake.
Nov 22, 2020 near Tanner, WA
A tarn beneath Chair Peak on the way to Gem Lake.
Nov 22, 2020 near Tanner, WA

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