Snoqualmie Mountain at Snoqualmie Pass / 史諾夸米山道的史諾夸米山

Snoqualmie Mountain is directly north of Snoqualmie Pass. It’s also one of the few places here accessible from its foothills. I especially enjoy the peak because it’s close to the freeway.

Snoqualmie Mountain at last

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Snoqualmie Mountain at a Glance

Access: Snoqualmie Alpental Ski Area
Round Trip: 3.2 miles
Elevation Range: 3120′-6278′
Gear: microspikes, snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Snoqualmie Mountain

Today was the fourth and final day of our Thanksgiving week hiking streak. So the pup and I went to one of my Snoqualmie Pass favorites. It’s been four years since my last visit, so it’s long overdue.

Snoqualmie Mountain is the tallest peak in the area. It overlooks South Fork Snoqualmie River with its awe-inspiring views. The nearest higher neighbor is still three miles away.

Snoqualmie Mountain-Guye Peak junction
Snoqualmie Mountain-Guye Peak junction

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Breaking Trail

Someone had carved out a trail since the recent snowfall. So we followed the path past the junction. But it soon faded before the 4400′ gully by the headwall. It looked like everyone had turned around there.

I put on snowshoes on the other side of the gully. Then we went up the steep slopes. Soon, we went out of the forest at 4800′. Then for the next 1500′, we plowed through fresh snow on the south ridge.

Today's snow plowing crew
Today’s snow plowing crew

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South Ridge

The wind started as the terrain steepened. So we would sometimes dodge the gusts by moving over to the leeward side of the crest. But then we would be in deep powder.

The wind was more tolerable in the final 300′. So we were able to stay on the crest in shallow snow. Later from the summit ridge, we traversed northwest and reached the top shortly.

Snoqualmie Mountain summit ridge traverse
Snoqualmie Mountain summit ridge traverse

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Summit Plus Views

This mountain remained one of the great vantage points to see other places in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. That includes the high points along the Pacific Crest Trail east of here.

Some notable high points viewable from the top were Chair Peak, Snow Lake, and Mount Thomson. We could also see Alta Mountain, Mount Rainier, and the Stone Kingdom. Oh my!

Snow Lake Basin
Snow Lake Basin

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Outro

Kimber and Carl from Tacoma showed up an hour later. Glad they could benefit from our tracks. The weather was so great that we spent a long time on top. Later we plunge-stepped our way down the mountain. 

The inversion swept over Snoqualmie Pass and Snow Lake Basin. It grew even more dramatic as the day progressed. Later the rising clouds overtook the lower places. So we soon dropped into the misty forest.

Outro
Outro

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