Snow Lake Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
Located 30.8 miles from Morton, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
2,755 Steps 1  (1.2 mi)


The Snow Lake Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,800 ft (1,463 m), a minimum elevation of 4,564 ft (1,391 m), and an elevation range of 236 ft (72 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2,7551.2 mi4,564 ft4,800 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
38 min26.2315 ft177 ft
[ B to A ]
35 min14.8177 ft315 ft

What is the length of the Snow Lake Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.2 mi (2.0 km) or 2,755 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Snow Lake Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 38 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 35 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Snow Lake Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Mowich Lake, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Sunrise, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: White River Park, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA
  5. Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Chinook Pass, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Wahpenayo Peak, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Tatoosh Lakes, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Ohanapecosh Hot Springs, WA

Is there a Snow Lake trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Snow Lake Trail is located on the Mount Rainier East topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.