This is a difficult out and back trail to Snoqualmie Mountain in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
This trail goes by Cave Ridge.
From the parking Alpental parking lot,
From the Alpental parking lot, walk up the stairs to the west, leading to forest road 9040. Turn left (north) and walk a short distance to an unmarked trailhead on the right-hand side of the road. Be careful not to take the Snow Lake trail by mistake, as the trailhead is better marked and more visible from the road. Begin hiking through a brushy roadside meadow on a poorly maintained trail. Upon entering the trees the route climbs steeply to the summit in only 1.5 miles. Trekking poles recommended, particularly for the many sections of loose soil. There are several rocky scrambling sections as well, though little to no exposure if you stay on route. There is a cliffy section at approximately 4150 ft, easily navigated but could come as a surprise in the dark. More consistent scrambling starts at about 4900 ft, as the trees begin to thin out. From this point you can see the true summit above you and directly ahead. USGS summit marker is about 30 feet beyond the high point, for those interested. Descend via the same route.
Large parking area across the forest road from the trailhead. This lot typically fills up by 10am on weekdays so plan to arrive early. Restrooms available near lot.
Day pass required and available near the stairs leading the the road. Interagency "America the Beautiful" pass is also accepted.
5/10 Not recommended for young children. The trail is steep with several dropoffs, particularly as you approach the summit.
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