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Bear Lake Snowshoe

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway
48.0739, -121.7037 Map & Directions
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,600 feet
Highest Point
2,800 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Frozen Bear Lake. Photo by Don Yates.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
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Bear Lake snowshoe is a road walk along the Mountain Loop Highway ending with a short trail to the lake. Continue reading

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Hiking Bear Lake Snowshoe

Bear Lake Snowshoe is a road walk along the Mountain Loop Highway ending with a short trail to the lake. 

Starting from the Mountain Loop Highway, walk up Forest Road 4020 for about 2.6 miles to a well-signed fork in the road. Turn right onto Forest Road 4021 for another 3 miles to the Bear Lake Trailhead. It is another 0.3 mile down this trail to the lake, although with enough snow the trail may be completely obscured. 

Depending on the snow conditions you may be able to drive farther along this route before parking. If you choose to continue down the Bear Lake Trail, be prepared to navigate in areas where the trail is obscured. For a shorter option, you can always walk along this route to a turnaround point of your choosing, rather than making the lake your destination.

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Bear Lake Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0739, -121.7037 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Granite Falls drive east on the Mountain Loop Highway for about 15 miles to Forest Road 4020, signed for Bear Lake. Depending on the snow conditions, you may have to park here, or you may be able to drive farther up to park. In any case, park responsibly by parking well off the road and don’t block gates or the flow of traffic. If you can’t park responsibly head to an alternate trail.

More Hike Details


North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

Bear Lake (#661)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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