Sorcery Mountain in Middle Fork Snoqualmie via Horseshoe Lake / 巫術山

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Sorcery Mountain in Middle Fork Snoqualmie nestles among taller peaks like Mount Price. Meanwhile, it straddles five lakes on the north and west, including Horseshoe Lake. Moreover, it gets the front-row view of Big Snow Mountain.

The real summit of Sorcery Mountain
The real summit of Sorcery Mountain

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Sorcery Mountain at a Glance

Access: Dingford Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: 8 miles
Elevation Range: 1400′-5273′
Gear: snowshoes, microspikes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

Sorcery Mountain in Middle Fork Snoqualmie

As I started seeking out more obscure places in Middle Fork Snoqualmie, I came across Sorcery Mountain. It looked like it’d be a great place to avoid the mass. And that turned out to be the case.

Though, I wasn’t sure if the road would be accessible this time of the year. But thanks to NorthBen‘s recent report, it had me believe otherwise.

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Dingford Creek Trail

Road conditions worsened once we turned onto NF-5620. There were two deep ruts in the roadway, which I could go through slowly in a compact vehicle. Three cars were in the lot when we arrived in the late morning.

We first hiked the Dingford Creek Trail en route to Mount Price last year. We encountered snow and ice soon after crossing the waterfall gully. Then we left the path east of Goat Creek and headed north uphill.

Big Snow Mountain
Big Snow Mountain

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Horseshoe Lake

We followed days-old boot tracks into the forest. Meanwhile, we stayed east of the creek and soon found a trail past the first group of thickets. So we stayed on it until it dwindled under massive down trees.

Microspikes came in handy in slick snow until I switched to snowshoes at 3600′ when postholing became annoying. It was still brushy in places because of light snow. But it wasn’t as irritating as if there weren’t any.

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Sorcery Mountain West Ridge

We later rested by the serene Horseshoe Lake Basin. The frozen water allowed us to cross over to the peninsula. Afterward, we went right back into the forest and soon worked our way up to the west ridge.

En route, we crossed old snowshoe tracks and avoided cliffs from the north. Soon, we came up to a few outcrops that looked impassable at first. But we went above them using hidden ledges and vegetation.

Big Snow Mountain
Up, close, and personal

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Summit Ridge

Before long, we stood atop the southwest end of the summit ridge. But the actual summit was still another 100′ away on the other side. So we dropped 20’before going through dense shrubs straight for the high point.

Afterward, we could move up through the boulders to reach the top. Big Snow Mountain was virtually in our faces the minute we stood on top. It was the closest we were near the mountain without having climbed it.

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Sorcery Mountain Summit Views

It was a vantage point to view big mountains and lakes nestled in the basins. Many familiar peaks to the south included Mount Thomson, Red Mountain, Lundin Peak, and Snoqualmie Mountain.

I could also see Bryant Peak, Chair Peak, Kaleetan Peak Caroline Peak, Preacher Mountain, and Treen Peak. Oh my! Even Mount Rainier and Glacier Peak joined the lineup on this crisp and clear day.

Familiar peaks to the south
Familiar peaks to the south

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It turned out warmer and calmer than the forecast, in the high 50s and windless. We stayed a while before retracing our steps down to the lake. Soon, we followed our tracks and the trail out to the car.

The front passenger light was on when we reached the car. Then a nearby driver asked if the battery had died and needed a jump. In the dark, we soon realized we had met hrough Instagram a few years back. Small world!

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