Popular Snow Lake Trail could reopen in September

Alex Weinberg of the US Forest Service said the work is critical to a trail that sees hundreds of people every day.

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. – A $190,000 project on the Snow Lake Trail at Snoqualmie Pass could be completed within the month.

A commissioned trail crew has been working on a half-mile section since it closed in mid-July. On September 4th, it seemed like the trail might reopen sometime in the month – it was due to remain closed through October.

Alex Weinberg, the I-90 corridor manager for the Snoqualmie Ranger District, said the work is critical to a trail that sees hundreds of people every day.

“This is a pretty big one because Snow Lake is our favorite hiking trail, possibly in the forest that stretches from the Mount Rainier border into Canada,” he said, referring to the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The half mile of the trail includes steep switchbacks. The work involved rock work, including some blasting, according to Weinberg. For this reason and because of the relatively short window teams that have to do such work, the path had to be closed to the public.

When construction is complete, it is expected that the improvements made will allow for a safer and more sustainable trial.

Weinberg said the trail can see up to 1,000 hikers daily. Up to about 1,500 people were able to hike the trail in a single day during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to widespread restrictions and people starting to spend more time outdoors.

Funding for the project comes from the Great American Outdoors Act, which was approved in 2020, and uses energy development revenues and will provide up to $1.9 billion per year for five years. The money is earmarked for priority projects and the elimination of maintenance backlogs.

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