Intermediate Snowshoe - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

Trip

Intermediate Snowshoe - Granite Lakes via Granite Creek

Challenging snowshoe to a pair of lakes in the Middle Fork. Seizing the rare opportunity to play in the snow at a lower elevation!

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

Meet at 7:30am at the Preston Park & Ride, 30303 SE High Point Way, Issaquah, WA 98027. Take exit 22 off I-90 and it's on the north side of the interstate. Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/fdxKDx7SaNbENeKo9 

From the park and ride we will then caravan or (depending on individual preferences) carpool to the Granite Creek trailhead.

Discover Pass
is required to park at the Granite Creek trailhead.

  • Be aware that the Middle Fork Road may not be plowed in the morning! I recommend driving a high-clearance vehicle with snow tires.
  • Please check the avalanche forecast for West Slopes Central before this trip at  https://nwac.us/avalanche-forecast/#/west-slopes-central
  • COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED! Recommend chemical handwarmers, thermos of hot drinks, extra layers.
  • Weather forecast.
  • Map: https://tinyurl.com/2p97c3fu
  • Discover Pass is required to park at the Granite Creek trailhead.
  • Directions to the Granite Creek trailhead: Take I-90 east to exit 34. Turn left onto 468th Ave SE and follow it 0.6 miles to the junction with SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right and follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.1 miles, until reaching a fork. Stay to the right on Lake Dorothy Road, and pass the Granite Creek Connector trailhead 0.7 miles later, on your right. 2.2 miles farther, just before the bridge across the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, reach a driveway to your right, which leads to the Granite Creek trailhead. The trailhead has parking for 37 vehicles (2 disabled spaces). A privy and kiosk with a map are at the parking area. There is overflow parking along FR 56, opposite the trailhead, for 14 vehicles.
Route/Place

Granite Creek Trail


Roster
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Snowshoes
  • Poles
  • Gaiters (knee height)
  • Mittens/gloves, balaclava, warm hat
  • Eye protection (sunglasses, goggles)
  • Extra layers, handwarmer packets, thermos, etc., to keep warm
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