Blue Mountain by Twin Sisters / 靠孿生姊妹山的藍山

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Eight peaks in Washington State get the name Blue Mountain. But only this one has the front-row view of Twin Sisters Mountain’s stunning west side. Like all things Cascades, the views are often subject to weather conditions.

Blue Mountain here we come
Blue Mountain here we come

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Blue Mountain at a Glance

Access: Blue Mountain Road
Round Trip: 10.1 miles
Elevation Range: 400′-2448′
Gear: none
Route Info: Connor McEntee, Martin Shetter
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Blue Mountain

I’ve been holding off coming to Blue Mountain because of permit questions. One report I found said that the area is open to walk-ins. So I decided to check it out for myself. But I had a plan B in case this idea didn’t work.

In the morning, we drove up and parked before Skookum Creek. The gate on the other side of the bridge indicated the road’s end. Then I walked uphill to the entrance and read all the signs several times. Indeed, the mountain was open to foot traffic only.

Lyman Mountain in the AM
Lyman Mountain in the AM

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Blue Mountain Road

We hiked Blue Mountain Road up to the first junction. Then we turned left onto an unnamed road and stayed west of the ridgeline for the rest of the walk. Later at the next fork, we had the Twin Sisters’ dramatic sighting poking out from the east. And we were only 15 minutes into our walk!

Views to the west were constant. There I saw the Olympic Mountains off to the distance. Though, I first mistook them for the Canadian peaks. Then there were the nearby places we’ve visited in the past. They included Lyman Hill, Anderson Mountain, and Haner Mountain (Whacme Mountain).

Secret is about to unfold
Secret is about to unfold

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Blue Mountain Summit

We continued on the main roadway for a while to reach the summit ridge. Then a side path in a foot of snow took us up to what looked like the high point. It’s hard to tell because the top of the mountain was now flat from logging. Shortly, we took a break by the clearing.

The woodsy summit wasn’t too exciting. So I wanted to see if we could look to the east somewhere on the ridge. Later we went back to the main road and went southeast. Then right before the next fork, the sight of the southern Twin Sisters came into view suddenly. Yaaaaaas!

The final stretch on Blue Mountain
The final stretch on Blue Mountain

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South Ridge

Soon, we were out of the forest with a full view of Twin Sisters. The tip of Mount Baker even poked out from behind the range! The first spur road that led to the crest’s eastern edge gave an open view of the range. But the second side path took us straight into the thicket.

The road’s end gave a clear view. The last time I saw Twin Sisters was from Lincoln Peak. So we spent a long time up here because I haven’t seen the range this close before. Other than the few ravens circling overhead, it was so quiet up here.

Twin Sisters Mountain panoramic view
Twin Sisters Mountain panoramic view

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Outro

By now, we’ve walked south quite a bit, and so I didn’t feel like backtracking. Later from the road’s end, we looked for a way to go down to the next segment 200 yards away. Going through the second-growth and fighting brambles was just the icing on the cake.

I made a ton of stops before we lost sight of Twin Sisters. So it took forever to join up with the main road. During which, we heard the rumbling of two motorbikes going up the mountain. Back at the gate, more vehicles had lined the street. Methinks there had to be a trail by the creek.

Finding our way home
Finding our way home

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