- Close by and right off the Interstate
- Got good distance and elevation gain numbers
- Not a high traffic trail like the Mt. Si trail on the other side of the highway.
- On the northern exposed slopes on the way up to Snoqualmie Pass so you hike mostly in shade.
Here’s what it looks like on the map.
This trailhead starts from the bike trail formerly named the John Wayne trail but now called the Palouse to Cascades trail. It is not well marked. Probably by design.
This tree marks the trailhead with “MT WA” carved in it
Assuming you find that, it is steep going for the first two miles or so
There are a lot of rock faces in the lower part of the trail. It is obviously a rocker climbing spot, though we didn’t see any on this day
Lots of rope anchors up there
After about 2 miles through the trees you come to a lookout they call the “Owl Hike Spot” where you get your first view of the Interstate valley. It’s at this point where you stop hearing the cars too.
Mt Si on the other side of the Interstate where all the people are
When you get over the ridge you might get a view of Mt. Rainier like this
and below the Chester Morse Lake and Masonry Pool from where we get our drinking water.
The Seattle municipal water comes from here
I did see one snake. I think it kind of hissed at me as it crossed the trail in front of me. I also saw some flowers
Do you see the bee?
Looks like asparagus