Photos from this trip can be found here.
Access: Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trailhead
Round Trip: 11 miles
Elevation Range: 1,040′-5,924′
Today was the day to climb something scenic in the Central Cascade area. I’ve had my eyes set on Preacher Mountain for a couple of weeks now, but I wanted good weather and optimal avalanche conditions so today was it. I managed to convince two workers to come along for the ride.
One other car in the lot when we drove into the trailhead at 7:30 AM. After crossing the Middle Fork bridge we discovered trail blasting work being done on the trail. We walked around the machinery and got to the hikers path just past the creek.
We brought snowshoes but didn’t need them to get to Rainy Lake. After a brief lunch break, my coworkers decided to call it and returned to the car, while I continued onto the ridge east of the lake. Snowshoes were very much needed from the ridge and rest of the way. Some slushy and steep sections to negotiate and the snowshoes worked out great.
Summit appeared to be covered in cornices, with a thick layer of snow on top of the summit rocks. After a 45-minute jaw-dropping viewing stay and a free tan, I began the long trek back to the lake then the car.