Elevation 3080 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1030 feet
YDS: Class 1 (walk up)
Distance: 7 miles roundtrip (10 miles if you wish to add another clearcut view of the Olympics)
Are you looking for an obscure mountain with great solitude, good views and which is good for novices. When Blue Mountain (or Old Blue) is the perfect mountain to try. This mountain which is in the heart of the forest industry provided good views of Pilchuck, Vesper and many of the other peaks.
The old logging road that is gated at the bottom. The "trail" heads up a steeper road for the first bit (it is a road: no worries or thrills). Most of the 1050 feet of elevation is done in this section. After this stretch the trail levels out and the first a number of good views open up on the mountain.
This "trail" then traverse the ridge (with views along the way) at a gradual to level pitch for the next two and half miles. There are some minor ups and down on the way to summit, but these ups and down are gradual at best. A reasonably fit person can do this section in well under an hour. You will have to walk past one more gate and walk a little while longer until you hit the radio tower. This is not exactly the true summit but the views from this vantage point over Spada Lake and North Cascades is amazing. If your goal is to hit the true summit which has no views and is covered in evergreens than bushwack east into about 100 yards past the radio facility into the evergreen forest and bushwack along that ridge.
The only downfall is that there is some active logging in the area and the area is well known for hunting. The ideal time to hit this mountain is in winter. If there is a lot of snow this would be the ideal snowshoe hike. In summer many people hit this old logging as a mountain bike path.
If you want a great view and you don't mind getting the view through a clearcut continue 1.75 miles first down a steep road then up and down a dirt road to the clearcut where expansive views of distant downtown Seattle and the Olympics await.
It is also possible to approach from the south. Redwic has found a route on Sultan Basin road roughly 6.3 miles from Highway 2 on the northern (lefthand side of the road). Hike north from the road which curves around the western die of Baby Blue then switchback up the mountain to the summit ridge a short distance west of the summit ridge. (Thanks Redwic)
Maps of the Standard and South Routes
VIA DIRT ROAD TO SUMMIT: From Route 2 in Sultan head north on Sultan Basin Road. The road will turn into a gravel road (descent condition) roughly 10.2 miles (thanks Redwic for the update) into the drive. It will pass a major clearcut on your right. The road then climbs a number of switchbacks to Olney Pass. Once you make it to the pass look to your left for a steep gated gravel road. The gated road will be 0.4 before the wide gravel pit in the pass. It will be 12.7 miles from Highway 2. That is your trailhead.
VIA FROM THE SOUTH: Route 2 in Sultan head north on Sultan Basin Road. At 6.3 miles on your lefthand side there will be a dirt road on your right. (Thanks Redwic)
Red TapeNone in terms of payment.
CampingI saw no sign about camping and by the side debis it looked like a popular hiking area. However keep in mind this is an active logging area and during hunting season a popular hunting spot.
External LinksThis mountain is a very obscure mountain.I spent two hours searching for information but to no avail. If you have additional links please PM me.
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