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Let's take a hike up to Mount Washington.

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Jun 17 7:00AM - 8:00AM

This hike is a replacement hike for North and Indepence lakes, which is to dangerous to do right now.

Ditch the North Bend crowds by heading six miles farther east to Mount Washington. This easy-access day hike delivers comparableif not superiorpanoramic views and lung-busting switchbacks to Mount Si, with significantly less foot traffic.

Distance - 8.5 miles

Elevation gain - 3250 feet.

High point - 4450 feet.

Pass needed - Northwest Forest pass.

Schedule:

7:00 am - meet at park and ride.

7:10 am - leave for coffee.

7:40 am - arrive in North Bend for coffee.

8:10 am - leave for trailhead.

8:30 am - arrive at trailhead.

8:45 am - start hiking.

11:15 am - snack at the top.

11:45 am - return trip.

2:00 pm - arrive at cars.

3:00 pm - lets do a after hike trailhead party. The weather should be nice.

4:30 pm - leave for park and ride.

4:45 pm - arrive at park and ride.

What to bring:

Good boots, poles optional, hat, sun screen, sun glasses, bug spray, snack for the top, lots of water, $10 for gas for the driver, and a great attitude.

Route:

Start by following the signs for John Wayne Trail and Twin Falls at the south end of the parking lot near the bathroom structure. This short spur trail climbs immediately south then west before merging with a gravel logging road in a few hundred yards. Stay right at the junction, continuing to climb uphill for another tenth of a mile, and stay right at the next junction with the John Wayne Pioneer Trail/Iron Horse Trailanother wide gravel logging road. In just a few hundred feet, head south on the second trail into the forest, 0.3 miles from the trailhead, marked by a small rock cairn. This is the start of the Mount Washington Trail.

The trail climbs steeply to the southwest before easing to a moderate grade over rocky terrain and crossing several small creeks. While mostly switch-backing through an old growth forest of pines and sheer rock faces, the trail opens for occasional views to the North, revealing just how quickly its ascended from the parking lot. Less than a mile from the trailhead, hikers pass the base of a small cave-turned-climbing wall, with several anchors speckling the inverted hang of its upper reaches. Continue climbing and veer right on the main path when the trail reaches its first official markera hand-carved wooden sign that reads MT WA.

About 1.6 miles from the trailhead, a small clearing oft referred to as Owl Hike Spot offers the first westward views, allowing a brief photo-op of Rattlesnake Ledge. Previous trail guides often stopped at this point, but superior views are enjoyed farther along. Continue climbing and stay right at the junction with the Great Wall Trail at two miles, revealing the first views of the summit.

The trail eases, exiting the dense cover of forest as it approaches a small marsh and turns sharply east toward another unmarked trail junction. Again, stay left, following the main path east as it navigates long switchbacks and bursts into an alpine meadow decorated with scree slopes, boulders and spring wildflowers at about the three mile mark.

You'll soon arrive at a sharp switchback. At the curve of the switchback you're right on the boundary between public land and the Cedar River Watershed, the water supply for the city of Seattle. Signs along this section of trail ask you to respect the watershed, so be sure to stay on the trail here and practice Leave No Trace as you round a southwest-facing slope and make the final push to the summit of Mount Washington.

From the top, take in views of the peaks surrounding you, but be sure to look down at Chester Morse Lake and Masonry Pool. It's amazing to realize that these two lakes are what help keep the megalopolis of Puget Sound hydrated.


Driving Directions

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 38. Head south (right), immediately crossing the South Fork Snoqualmie River, and take the first right turn into Ollalie State Park, a few hundred feet from the highway. Follow the gravel road to the end, parking near the bathrooms at the west end of the lot.

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