Meadow Mountain by Loser Ridge via Stirrup Lake + Meadow Pass / 草地山

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Meadow Mountain by Loser Ridge is the highest point of Cedar River Watershed. The peak rises above Stirrup Lake and Meadow Pass south of Snoqualmie Pass. At the same time, the northeast summit straddles the King-Kittitas County border.

En route to Meadow Mountain's summit
En route to Meadow Mountain’s summit

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Meadow Mountain at a Glance

Access: Road-5078
Round Trip: 3.3 miles
Elevation Range: 4240′-5440′
Gear: none
Route Info: Julie Myer
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

En Route to Meadow Pass and Beyond

While the pups were resting from yesterday’s trip, I took a stroll up Meadow Mountain. I haven’t been able to visit the peak before the snowfall. Otherwise, the five miles from the main road to Meadow Pass would be hard to swallow.

The road became rockier after the first couple of miles. Along the way were a few groups of campers out enjoying their day. From the pass, I drove uphill and later parked by the last fork off Road 5078.

Before sunrise
Before sunrise

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Meadow Mountain West Soute

According to some reports, a trail starts from the last road bend. But I didn’t see an entrance anywhere, so I walked up the grassy slope still damp from last night’s rain. At times, the dense second-growth was a bit annoying.

Soon, I found the trail above 5000′ by the Cedar River Watershed sign. Then I stayed by the boundary for a bit. Later the path went up through a couple of open fields and ended on Meadow Mountain’s south peak.

A secret passage
A secret passage

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The Old Lookout on South Peak

Granite rock piles made up the top of the south peak. There was even a walkway that led up to the former lookout. Too bad it’s been cloudy all day. Judging by the open space, the views would’ve been phenomenal!

I stayed a few minutes to enjoy the sound of silence before leaving. Then I followed the ridge trail north toward the actual high point taller by a whopping 26 feet! The path stayed mostly below the east of the crest.

Meadow Mountain South Peak at last
Meadow Mountain South Peak at last

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Meadow Mountain Summit Plus Outro

The two peaks are just a little over a quarter of a mile apart. Before long, I was on top, looking out at nothing. Tall trees lined the north side, and another 400′ down the north ridge would take me to the northeast peak.

Soon, I retraced my steps back to the fork and down to the watershed boundary. Then the path disappeared into the tree debris where I had found it. Another 300′ scrambling soon got me back on the road to hike out.

Finding my way home
Finding my way home

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