Hiking Red Mountain, WA - North of RoslynIn Seattle, one of the best cities on Earth, for a conference, I was able to hold out Sunday for a hike/summit. I decided on Red Mountain (the one north of Roslyn) due to its proximity to Seattle as well as the fact that I could get a visit in to Cicely, Alaska...
The weather was cool to start with, but quickly warmed up.
The topo map as well as reports all note that the trail gets hard to follow. It does. As a novice, by myself, I was wary, but found it followable up to about 5100/5200 feet. Then the trail comes to a second logging road there - perhaps the same one that you cross at 3800ft? At that point, I lost the trail entirely. I walked the road a couple of hundred yards, but saw nothing. I assume at that point, you just head up for the summit. That is what I did, but I soon stopped as I could not see up to the summit and did not know how much further it was. I needed to be back in cell phone range soon and the hike up took longer than I expected - with this and my lack of knowledge of how much longer to the summit, I turned back. Ugh. Another summit missed.
However, the hike itself was great. It meanders through forest and has great vistas all the way. And really the trail is not too hard to follow less a few spots, and of course where it hits the second road.
Hailing from Louisiana, I can't get enough of the Pacific NW. It's just so damned great.