Alpine Scramble - Bryant Peak


Alpine Scramble - Bryant Peak

Bryant Peak is a exciting scramble on the ridge north of Alpental Ski Area

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  • Strenuous 3, Technical 4, Winter Scramble
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft

Meet inside the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage NE corner at 7:00 AM

We will form carpools there, then drive to the trail head.

Cars at the trail head need a Northwest Forest Pass.  If you have one, please bring it.  Even if you ride in somebody else's car, bring your pass just incase somebody forgets theirs.

This trip is open to scramble students who have completed the snow field trip. HOWEVER, the rating is a "Technical 4".  That is because the top section of this peak is quite steep.  If you were 100% comfortable diving head first down the slopes at the Snow Field trip, this trip is for you.  If not, then please sign-up for one of the less technical trips as your first scramble.

Bryant peak is near Snoqualmie Pass on the ridge that includes Alpental Ski Area, Denny Peak, The Tooth, Hemlock Peak and Chair Peak.  The views from the summit are awesome.  If you have hiked to Melakwa Lake Bryant was on your right just before the lake.  If you have hiked to Snow Lake, it was on your left as you hiked over the pass.  Here is a link to a printable map with Bryant in the center.

The route up will follow the trail Melakwa Lake, but will be snow covered for more than half the way. 

About a mile up the trail, we have to cross Denny Creek.  There used to be a bridge, but it washed away a few years ago.  In the summer, you can hop right across it, but in May the water will most likely be too deep to get across without getting our feet wet.  So, everybody MUST bring a pair of strap on sandals, (such a Tevas) and a washcloth sized towel.  We will swap our boots for sandals and wade across the water.  After drying off our feet and putting our boots back on, I will bike lock the sandals to a tree so we don’t have to carry them the rest of the day.  Don’t worry about this crossing – we have even done it in January and it works out just fine.

The upper section of the route will be entirely on snow.  The picture above was taken in June.  We will find even more snow!

Before we get on steep terrain AND on the way down, we will take time to practice our safe snow travel and self-arrest skills.



Bryant & Hemlock Peaks

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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