Hiked On: January 9, 2005
Weather Conditions: Approximately 35-40°F, clear skies with occasional high-level fog
Distance from Seattle: 30 miles
Forest Service: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Diann & I picked up this hike based on a recommendation from a new book
we picked up received as an xmas gift (Thanks CK and MK!) that is published by the Mountaineers ( 55 Hikes Around Snoqualmie Pass Mountains-to-Sound Greenway , ISBN 0898867770). The hike was approximately 5 miles round trip. The weather for today's hike was about as good as you can expect in the heart of winter in the Pacific Northwest, and we were glad to have some company on the trail in the form of our friends Micha and Dylan. The trail was in good condition, but as mentioned several places online gets pretty steep for the last 15-20 minutes of the climb. It took us approximately 30 minutes to get to the trailhead from Seattle and about 3 hours of hiking (and an hour at the top enjoying the view and snacks) to do the round-trip.