Bessemer & Moolock Mountains


Day Hike - Bessemer Mountain


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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,028 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

TBA - probably trailhead at 8am. Drivers will need a Discover Pass. Carpooling with people outside of your household is not recommended at this time. 

This is a Phase II trip, requiring that King County is in Phase II, and we will adhere to all club COVID protocols.

WTA calls this a hike, but it has also been listed at various times as a Mountaineers snowshoe, scramble or climb. Let's see for ourselves! We will stay within the parameters of club hikes, though, which means no technical terrain and no off-trail travel.

Recent reports call it "a great quarantine hike," and mention stunning views. It's mostly walking on a logging road, which might or might not be under construction. Bring microspikes and an adventurous but flexible attitude. Be ready to navigate, hike in the rain, not tag any summits, and potentially return in the dark.  Should be a good leg stretcher and calorie-burner after the holiday on a hopefully not crowded route.

This is a strenuous hike due to distance and elevation gain. We will not be moving very fast, but please be prepared for the stats.

WTA route description:


Bessemer & Moolock Mountains

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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