September 27, 2008
This is another one of those trails that the Mountaineers (a Seattle climbing club started in 1908) are probably trying to keep secret. You won't find it on any map. No mention in any guide book. I heard about it from a guy I chatted with on the summit of McClellan Butte (another outstanding hike). Snoqualmie Mtn is the tallest mountain around Snoqualmie Pass. The pictures don't do justice to the views. I saw way more peaks than I'm showing here. I can only imagine what it's like from the top. This is a hike worth getting in shape for! If you are interested, we can start with some warm up hikes next spring (Cougar Mtn or Rattlesnake Ledge). Then do some intermediate hikes in early summer (Tiger Mtn or McClellan Butte). Then by late summer, after the snow melts, I would be happy to walk up there with you. This is my new favorite hike! :-)
STATS:It's a strenuous three miles (or so) one way. The trailhead is about 3100' elevation, and the summit is 6278'. That's approximately 1,000' elevation gain per mile. I spent two hours walking up and got within twenty minutes of the top. The walk down should have taken an hour, but it took an hour and a half 'cause the legs were tired and I was pooped.
This picture was taken September 7 on the way home from a Yakima River floating trip. This is right before the top of Snoqualmie Pass. The cone shaped mountain is Guye Peak. The larger mountain behind it (center of pic) is Snoqualmie Mtn. I hiked up higher than the snow patches, around treeline.
This is the view of Snoqualmie Mtn from the road to Alpental Ski Area (on the northwest side of Snoqualmie Pass).
The trail begins at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot (about 20 feet from the very popular Snow Lake trailhead).
This is not an official part of the National Forest trail system. It's a climbing path. Much of it was like this - all rocks and roots.
A view up the Alpental valley, looking at Bryant Peak and Chair Peak.
The cars in the parking lot are getting smaller! Alpental Ski Area is built on Denny Mountain.
This is the backside of of Guye Peak, looking east at I-90 going past the Snoqualmie Ski Areas towards Keechulus (Stump) Lake.
Getting closer to the top! I stopped where the trees stopped, within a half mile of the summit I reckon.
Almost October, and there is still a patch of snow from last winter. Red Mountain in the center of the pic. When I got higher I was able to see Mt Stuart over by Ellensburg.
Looking over Guye Peak! Can see all of Keechulus Lake now.
A view south of Mt Rainier. That's I-90 going back to Seattle in the valley.
Last look over Guye Peak. In the valley at the lower right corner you can see a white roof from Alpental Ski Area.
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