Green Mountain by Mount Teneriffe via Middle Fork Snoqualmie / 綠山

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Green Mountain by Mount Teneriffe has slowly become an off-season go-to for many in recent years. It’s a great place to avoid the mass likely visiting nearby hot spots like Mailbox Peak. The closeness to Middle Fork Snoqualmie River makes the peak an ideal short day trip also.

 Green Mountain above Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
Green Mountain above Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

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Green Mountain at a Glance

Access: Sitka Spruce Trail
Round Trip: 8.7 miles
Elevation Range: 840′-4824′
Gear: Microspikes, snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

The Hike

Of the 11 Green Mountains in Washington State, we’ve been to three so far. Because of time, we paid another visit today for a better shot at solitude. I parked south of Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and walked across the bridge.

We instantly dropped onto the forest floor from the hidden trail north of the bridge. The muddy path wound its way through the lush forest as we walked past several large spruce trees. After going over a minor ridge, we soon reached the CCC Road.

Crossing Green Creek
Crossing Green Creek

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The Climb

So far, we’ve taken the southeast route for all our visits. Another option would be to continue on Green Mountain Road over several gullies and go up on the east ridge. Then from the saddle between the two summits, move south to finish the climb.

The trail continued on the other side, and we reached Green Mountain Road shortly. East views appeared as we gained moderate elevation. After making five switchbacks, we were up by Last Chance Promontory and took a break.

View from Last Chance Promontory
View from Last Chance Promontory

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The Final Stretch

The third option would be taking the left fork 1000′ before the viewpoint and walking to the road’s end. Judging from one group’s GPS track, they went up between the main and the middle summits to finish the climb.

We gained the bulk of the altitude on the southeast ridge, at 1800′ over one mile on the forested crest. We bypassed most snow lower down before seeing continuous snow in the final 600′. I only used microspikes as postholing was tolerable.

Ridge walk
Ridge walk

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Green Mountain Summit Views

A windy summit, the worst it’s ever been! It wasn’t cold, but the wind chill was insane! The pup and I spent most time west of the crest in tge trees. I’d sometimes go up to take photos but went right back down in between shots.

Walking up and down on the summit ridge, I could see Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. If we had more time today, I’d consider checking out the north peak for a different perspective.

Revolution Peak, Web Mountain, Mount Defiance
Revolution Peak, Web Mountain, Mount Defiance

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Outro

On the way down, I stumbled upon a small clearing in the forest and took a photo of Mount Teneriffe. We reached the viewpoint at sunset and then hiked the rest of the way out in the dark.

Panoramic view from Last Chance Promontory
Panoramic view from Last Chance Promontory

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Krishna

    Hey, I tried hiking this last weekend and failed to find a route up. I was following a path on AllTrails but we got to a rock field that just seemed insurmountable. Would you happen to have a GPX recording of your route? I’d like to try it again next week.

  2. onehikeaweek

    Hi Krishna,

    Thanks for reaching out! If we’re talking about the same place, the rock field you came to had some flagging and cairns throughout. It’s a little steep to get up but definitely doable.

    That said. The link to my GPS track is at the top of this post. Good luck next weekend and stay safe!

  3. Krishna

    Ha! I can’t believe I missed that. Thanks a lot for sharing. I think you’re right in it being doable, but not being able to tell the depth of the snow made the risk more than I was willing to attempt. We crossed one snowfield and then gave up before the rocky area. I’m going to try again and follow your route up the ridgeline.

    Btw, when we were starting the trail, we ran into a guy who was taking photos of the Sitka Spruce trailhead and he said he was being paid by the state to block off the trail entrance. They turned down a $1.8 million dollar proposal to build a boardwalk through the Spruce area and instead are going to block it all off and try to redirect traffic from somewhere else.

    Here’s my GPX if you want something to chuckle at:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jh6NzrBgmCeKEM6K0zpMDNuSOo4sazCj/view?usp=sharing

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