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Lanham Lake Snowshoe

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
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Length

3.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4100 ft.

Rating

3.75 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

The trail up to Lanham Lake is a straightforward climb through trees, but you'll be rewarded with a delightful little lake and a burst of sunshine on a clear day.

The first part of the trail climbs through the forest alongside the creek. Though sun doesn't always make it all the way to the forest floor, the climb will keep you warm on the way up. You'll see two different colored signs with arrows (green and blue) but both direct you the same way. Just keep the creek to your left hand side. 

In times of light snow, this route can become icy, so be sure your snowshoes are nice and sharp and bring trekking poles to aid in your ascent.

You'll exit out of the woods onto a groomed skiing trail and under power lines. At this point, it can be difficult to pick up the trail. A sign directs you to the right but instead you'll head straight south to the other side of the groomed skiing trail and into the forest again. You'll hike about another mile to the lake with a few spots of elevation change - especially once you're near the lake - that provide a good challenge.

Once at the lake, take in sunshine and enjoy the broad expanse of the flat lake. While it might be tempting to attempt to cross it, please don't. It can be difficult to discern if the ice is thick enough to support a person's weight.

Return the way you came, noting that darkness falls fast in the mountains in winter, so it's best to head home well before sunset.

 

Lanham Lake Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7727, -121.0125 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

Lanham Lake (#1589)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Benchmark Mountain No. 144

Getting There

This hike is off Highway 2, about five miles east of the Steven's Pass Ski Area. You can park for free in the Stevens Pass Nordic Center if you are doing this snowshoe (which is not maintained by the Nordic Center). Just make sure to park outside the gate if you plan to be here past 4 p.m.

If you go up the main ramp to the groomed cross-country ski trails, the trail takes off behind the bench just across from the top of the main ramp that leads to the groomed nordic trails.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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