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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

Point to Point

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.

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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Dan Sloat

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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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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Sep 25, 2021
Robbie Watson
Aug 2, 2020
Sean White
First backpack for Jake and Luke and Squishy. Camped at Gem Lake. Mosquitoes were terrible. Hike from Snow to Gem was great.
Aug 12, 2019
Adamson Bryant
with Matt 11.4mi
Jul 6, 2019
Al G
Sep 29, 2018
kays bird
Jul 15, 2017
Ingo Tews
Aug 18, 2016
Emily S
1.5mi
Sep 13, 2015
Jason S