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A steep walk up into the mountains to a pair of alpine lakes at 1680 m elevation. Offers a good variety of terrains from exposed hillsides, cliffs, deep forest, whitewater creeks, meadows, rocks, high mountainous valleys and tranquil sleepy lakes.

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Route/Trail notes

Start walking along the trail at the south-west corner of the parking lot. There's only one trail and no forks the entire way so it's pretty simple. The trail immediately crosses Icicle Creek via a bridge. From here there is a roughly constant gradient of 1275 m elevation gain following Snow Creek to the lakes. The first mile the trail proceeds up an exposed hillside, sparsely populated with trees, before heading into proper forest. At 2 miles there is a cedar grove by the creek (which is actually a raging torrent in early summer) and a nice place for your first rest. At about 4 miles there is a wooden bridge across Snow Creek. At 5.2 miles you'll reach Lake Nada and another good place to rest. Enjoy the level grade while making your way around the lake before the ascent resumes for the final charge towards the destination. At 6.5 miles you'll reach Snow Lakes: two of the largest alpine lakes in the region. They are separated by a low dam wall; the trail continues along the dam wall. They may be several inches of water flowing over the wall and the water is freezing cold.


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Fantastic walk on a glorious day. Saw a family of mountain goats, a water snake and a pika!

Gregory Neverov on 3 Jul, 2011


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