Snoqualmie Mountain

8 reviews #37 hike out of 988 in
3.0 mi
Distance
40 min
Time
terrain
3,069 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

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.

Getting Started

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.

Taking Children

5/10 Not recommended for young children. The trail is steep with several dropoffs, particularly as you approach the summit.


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    1 year, 3 months ago
    3100’ feet of elevation in 2 miles. That’s a 30 degree + avg ascent the whole way. Good knee tendon testing :). It’s more scrambling/bouldering than a hike. I would definitely recommend trekking poles for parts of it. Very little snow on trail and I suspect it will disappear in the next week or two. Absolutely stunning views from the top.
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    1 year, 4 months ago
    Relentless uphill; plunge-stepping galore downhill (including some glissading!). Worth it for the views but some of the steepest hiking you'll find.
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    2 years ago
    I was expecting more snow on the trail but only a few spots in the shade and then some in the last 50-100 ft of the trail. Beautiful day with views south to Mt Adams and to the north Glacier Peak & Mt Baker. Steep rugged trail which can be hard on the knees coming down.
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