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

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Sorcery Mountain in Middle Fork Snoqualmie nestles among tall peaks like Mount Price. Meanwhile, it straddles five lakes on the north and west sides, including Horseshoe Lake. Besides, views from the top are spectacular.

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, that had me believe otherwise.

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Dingford Creek Trail

Road conditions worsened once we left NF-5600. There were two deep ruts in the roadway. But I could still go through slowly in a low-clearance vehicle. Three cars were in the lot when we came in the late morning.

We first hiked this trail on the way to climbing Mount Price last year. There was snow and ice right after we crossed the waterfall gully. Then we left the path on the other side of Goat Creek.

Big Snow Mountain
Big Snow Mountain

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Horseshoe Lake

We followed days-old boot tracks into the forest. At the same time, we stayed east of the creek. Surprisingly, a trail appeared past the first group of brush. So we followed it until it disappeared under massive down trees.

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

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Sorcery Mountain West Ridge

Later, we made it up to the serene Horseshoe Lake Basin. The frozen water provided direct access to the peninsula. From there, we went right back into the forest. Soon, we worked our way up to the west ridge.

We sometimes crossed old snowshoe tracks in the trees. Then we avoided several rock bands from the north. Later, we came up to a couple of outcrops that looked impassable at first. But we got above them using hidden ledges and vegetation.

Big Snow Mountain
Up, close, and personal

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Summit Ridge

Later, we made it up on the southwest end of the summit ridge. Then the actual summit was only 100′ away on the other end. But we first had to drop 20′ and go through dense shrubs.

After that, we were able to climb up through the boulders to reach the top. Big Snow Mountain was virtually in our faces the minute we stood on the summit. It’s the closest we’ve been near it.

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Sorcery Mountain Summit

It was another vantage point to see big mountains and lakes nestled in the basins below. Many familiar peaks on the southern horizon included Mount Thomson, Red Mountain, Lundin Peak, Snoqualmie Mountain.

There were also 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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Temperatures were in the high 50s, and it was windless. So it was warmer and calmer than the forecast. We stayed a while before using our steps to go back down to the lake. Then we followed our tracks and the trail back out to the car.

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