The drive is a little longer than for Mt. Si, but it is worth it because it is a longer hike with fewer people.
Nice conditioning hike with a little scramble at the end.
Great day hike with good views. The scramble at the end gets you clear of the trees for good views.
All around a good hike. There were lots of mosquitos, and even in late July there was more snow then I planned on, making the last little bit quite fun, but otherwise good. The weather was great, the scramble was fun and not too hard, though I agree there is some definite exposure. Also saw several Pileated Woodpeckers, probably the most I've ever seen in one place. No mtn goats though sadly.
I have been up this a number of times. Turned back on one attempt because of rhime ice on the final scramble part. Everyone I know calls this mountain McClellans Butt!
Nice scramble at the top
Good conditioning hike, very similar to Mt. Si but a little longer. Short scramble to the top was fun.
Been up there four or five times. Never the scramble to the summit though
Hiked it many times with DAF... Fun little scramble at the top. Good if you want to avoid the crowds on Si...
And would you believe neither my hiking partner nor I brought our cameras that day?! Two goats - they looked to be young'ens - stared down at us as we rounded the last corner. We were not the only hikers amazed to see them there. The other handful of people on the trail were as stunned and excited as we were. Terrific day, aside from the goats, also- perfect weather, great new hiking buddy and a good workout. I like this trail despite the grim trek up the road at the start. I'll like it even more when the very latest newly blazed section, bypassing the road, opens soon.
Like others have said, be careful at the top. After hiking on a trail for the entire approach, the final scramble exposure gets your attention.
Made it to the base of the summit scramble with about 1.5 hours of daylight left... decided to wait until a day with more time. New trail reworking by the WTA is wonderful, however it does make the hike about 10-15 minutes longer.
Date is my first climb -- the year they were working on the Mt. Si trail and had it closed. I've hiked it at least once a year since then, and frequently several times a year.
Of all the hikes along I-90 from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass, this is the best for (1) easy access (2) good trail (3) nice views (4) pleasant scramble at the top.
Ever since they closed the old trail (bridge was wiped out by the creek in the 1990s) that followed an old wooden pipeline, and moved the trailhead to the current location, I've been torn between doing that, with the long traverse to the real trail, or going up the forest service road that cuts off the lower mile.
Hint -- if you go to the actual trailhead, take the old, overgrown road bed just below the forest service road for the traverse. Its much more pleasant thank hiking 3/8 mile on the gravel.
During the winter and spring you can cut off the large loop to the south by going up the steep avalanche gully if you are comfortable on steep (up to 45 degree) snow and alpine ice. Makes a great spring climb when the conditions are good, and was the way I climbed the mountain the first 3 or 4 times I did it.
another reminder to stay north of I-90 i guess...
Encountered compact snow above 3500 feet making it impossible to follow the trail. Got turned around a few times but eventually came to the right side of the final scramble. This is the moment the weather chose to turn ugly. Rain with strong gusts almost turned me around but thoughts of the summit took me all the way. Be careful on those avalanche gullies. Next time I'll make sure to bring my axe.
I still want to do the North gully ascent. Waiting for the right conditions.
Climbed by myself, didnt see a single person the entire way up, great views from the summit. High exposure scramble at the top was a nice finish to the hike.
A lot of time in the woods on the way to the top but a nice, short Class 2-3 scramble up the summit ridge at the end leads to a nice summit. Good idea to bring a scramble rope in case there's some ice, snow, or wet rock up top as the ridge has a fair degree of exposure.
Climbed this awhile ago and I can't remember much about it besides the fact that there was cell phone service on the summit, probably because of the proximity to I-90.
I moved to Seattle in July and this was my first Washington hike (and only the fourth in my life). I went with my friend, Steve-o, who lied about the distance and elevation gain. I kept thinking... God, the trail feels longer than two miles... It took us something like 6 hours RT. I should really go back and try it again... I bet I could cut that time in half.