7.18.16 Hike of the Week: Shoe Lake | Visit Rainier
Shoe Lake (Pacific Crest Trail South)

7.18.16 Hike of the Week: Shoe Lake

Area: White Pass
Hike Type: Mountain Views Pass: NW Trail or Interagency Pass required
Distance: 15.7 mi RT  Duration: 8 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: mid July – Oct High Point: 6,575 ft Elevation Gain: 2,625 ft

Features: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, alpine views, alpine lake, Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks Wilderness.

It’s a long hike to Shoe Lake, but not overly difficult. Follow the well-graded Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through cool forest and along an open craggy ridge to this pretty little lake tucked in an open alpine meadow. The wildflowers are sublime. The views are breathtaking—especially of Rainier hovering over the Hogback Ridge. And mountain goats are abundant here in this sprawling wilderness named for them.

Read the Trail Description