The lower trail

After a short climb, the stony trail almost levels. The forest soon opens to alpine views, barely 1/2 mile from the Snow Lake trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass. No wonder this trail is popular to extremes. My advice: stay away unless you have an opportunity for a fast late season trip starting mid-week. Even then, expect crowds. At this point, about 2 miles from the trailhead, you have an option to escape the traffic temporarily; traverse across to the left, pass through gentle boulders, step over a small creeklet with tiny spray of falling water, view little Source Lake still surrounded by snow, and then follow the old Crest Trail backdoor route to the ridge top.

Everybody else will take the shorter, smoother, steeper fork — veering up to the right with switchbacks.

Snow Lake fork