This hike really got me back in to the climbing mood. This was the first scramble I had attempted and it was not as bad as I was expecting. Very sunny day.
My faithful companion, Quetzalcoatl, spurred us on today. About 20 cars at the Snow Lake TH at 9:00 am. We were hoping to get above the clouds. About 40' to the right of the hordes is an unmarked path heading southeast. Follow the boot beaten path across a field and then into the slide alder. It's a tunnel through vine maple. Occasional forest is reached, followed by frenzied loose dirt, with a pinch of choss. If this is too steep for you, turn back before it gets worse. From time to time, this resembles a trail. Those periods are brief. See various signs: Danger! Avalanche artillery area! Also: Cave Ridge thataway, Snow Lake thisaway, and straight ahead Snoqualmie Mt. Skirt some talus, eventually getting to a cool waterfall. More steeps, and finally the forest fades. Heather is just starting to bloom, with much Phlox. Lots of loose rubble. Please try to stay on the main path. Before you know it, we were dancing on the summit. It was blue above us, but the fog continued to limit views out. Finally it dropped long enough to peek at some peaks. Big Tahoma, Dakobed, Daniel, Hinman, and a few others above 6500'. Windy in places, but mostly sunny and warm, and there was plenty of room for a quick nap. We traversed north, came back, and then started scrambling east towards Lundin. We hit a few high points and called it good. The way down was uneventful, except for slowing down to help an old man with a bum knee. About 6 other parties on the trail today.
R/T 5 miles, 3150' gain, 1:45 up, 1:45 down
In the summer, this climb proves to be harder going down than coming up. Lots of loose rubble on the switchbacks coming down required sliding down the upper areas on my rear. Very little to grab for leverage coming down. However, its a quick climb offering spectacular views. As stated elsewhere, its hard on the knees.
Just got done climbing. It was so beautiful out today with clear skys and when you got to the top you got a 360 degree view all around. The view of the lake below and the valleys surrounding the mountain was just nice... the only bad thing was is that the sun just beat down on use going up with very little breeze... but on the way down the wind started to pick up which made it nice a cool...
Trail was completely melted out. Straightforward climb to the summit. On the way down, cut over to do Guye Peak also.
I'm not sure which route we took, as we did not go down the Snow lake trail at all. We followed a dry stream bed to the saddle between Guye Peak and Snoqualmie. Gained the ridge and followed it to the summit.
Thought we would sneak in a summit visit to this highest of the I-90 corridor peaks before the winter snows...if they ever come this year! Weather was cool, around 20 at the trailhead, with low clouds/fog lingering. The snow depth was variable, but never very deep. Didn't take snow shoes, and didn't need them. Climbing conditions are not ideal, with many slippery areas and occasional deep drifts. There were remnants of a trail that we followed most of the way, creating our own wnen necessary. The sun did shine, and the wind stayed tolerable. Made the summit in 3'50", about an hour slower than expected. Still a great day for climbing, with views of Glacier and Baker, and a peak or two of Rainier. Never saw another soul!
If you go , I lost a yellow radio on the lower section near the top of the first creek bed. Also lost a Nalgene bottle while descending from the summit, around 5500'. Post or write:email@example.com.
Nice half day climb. You can't ask for too much more at this time of year. The views were awesome and worth the slick trail to get there.
We started in good weather but some clouds moved in so we did not get to see as much as we would have liked. Still a fun time though.
Yeah, i know, it feels more like a hike than a climb. Kate and i went up on a warm, calm day. Like to never left the summit. Good views in all directions except smog north and west. Got off trail on the way down.
Crisp blue day, snowshoes on, and moving fast. Topped out and thrashed our way back down the front with a good butt gissade thrown in for kicks.
First time back in a couple of years,. and my first winter ascent. Weather was great, but visibility was mediocre. Trail was still firm from the night's cold. A few softening areas added excitement as postholing was always a possiibility. Still lots of snow, but its melting fast. 3 hrs 13 mins to the top. Had the mountain to ourselves on the way up. A big thanks to whoever kicked steps earlier in the week, and a big %&&$!*&% to the snow boarders that wiped out half the steps! Decent views from the summit. Left after 3 more hikers showed up. Passed three more on the way down, and that was it! Nice day in the wonderful Cascades. 5 hrs 9 mins round trip.
First time on this trail, and the description on the home page is fairly accurate. This was my partner's third attempt, and he was glad to finally summit. Hard to believe it is only 3200' of gain. It feels more like 4200'. The views were great until about 1000' from the summit, then the clouds/fog moved in. Only three other hikers all day. Nice training hike.
20 years of hiking in the Cascades and this was my first trip up Snoqualmie. A sunny Wednesday with few people around. I passed 2 backpadkers and 2 summiters. Great view from the top. A real knee masher on the way down.
Stiff hike, rocky, all uphill, etc. Great vista! Kind of lonely up here. Over 120 cars in the lot, all headed for Snow Lake, apparently.
Reached the top on a gloomy day, but the right combo of new snow and temps made for a glissade to the bottom in just minutes.
The climb started out nicely, weather was ok..clouds where at roughly 5,500ft. I had a bit of a chest cold so it was slow going but made it to the summit in under 4 hours. The snow was deep in spots and there were many rotten spots that sank me up to my chest in spots. After summiting the rain came and we passed two climbers still 45 minuets from the summit. Hope they made it safely. Got a little off course on the decent but made it safely with a round trip time of 4.5 hours. Camera ran out of batteries on the summit so no pictures.
Awesome day with blue skies. Climbed on small amounts of snow and heather and rock which never makes for a happy climb on exposed faces. Got to the false summit and broke trail/snowshoed up to summit block for a great lunch. Still not a good enough base of snow for skiing, but hopefully soon. Where is this Enigma Gully place?