Philadelphia Mountain by Lake Serene / 靠安詳湖的費城山

The lack of summit views kept me from going up to Philadelphia Mountain for years. The forecast for today was partly sunny. So I visited the mountain since there wouldn’t be much to see on top.

Philadelphia Mountain in hiding
Philadelphia Mountain in hiding

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Philadelphia Mountain at a Glance

Access: Lake Serene Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 600′-4258′
Gear: snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Lake Serene Trail

The weather got better after I arrived at the trailhead past noon. Quite a few cars were in the Lake Serene trailhead for a Thursday. But at least the lot wasn’t full. While walking, I took on the wrong turn at the 1.75-mile junction. So I ended up going up to Bridal Veil Falls.

I briefly talked to three guys by the waterfalls. Later, I went back down to the junction and took the Lake Serene trail. Then I hiked two more miles up to the toilet sign before the lake. Soon, I made a left through the brush and started scrambling.

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

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Philadelphia Mountain West Ridge

Lots of down trees made going up to the west ridge a little tricky. But once I was on the ridgeline, the route then became straightforward. Soon, I noticed a faint trail through the snow. Then I put on snowshoes at 3400’ on softer snow.

The forest was dense. At the same time, Mount Index became less visible higher up on the ridge. But the few clearings on the north side gave views to the expansive Skykomish River Valley. I could see the upper parts of Mount Index also.

North Fork Skykomish River Valley
North Fork Skykomish River Valley

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Philadelphia Mountain Summit

The summit was flat and woodsy, just as I had expected. After resting, I then walked around the east slopes where trees spaced out more. Then I peeked through branches hoping to get some photos.

I got a glimpse of Palmer Mountain, Crosby Mountain, and Red Mountain to the south. But the views to the northeast were nonexistent. It was sad because this summit was in a perfect spot for stunning panoramic views.

Mount Index from Philadelphia Mountain
Mount Index from Philadelphia Mountain

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Outro

I spent some time scouting out views. Then I went back down to Lake Serene for photos. A girl and her dog were sitting on the boulder at the end of the trail. But later, I caught up to them on the trail. Then we hiked back down to the trailhead together.

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