Bryant & Hemlock Peaks


Winter Scramble - Bryant Peak

Bryant (winter)

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  • Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft

7:00 AM at Issaquah Transit Center

Bryant Peak is on the ridge between Denny Peak (Alpental Ski Area) and Chair Peak
The conventional route is to head up the Denny Creek Trail toward Melakwa Lake and Kaleetan Peak. BUT THAT IS OUR BACKUP PLAN.
If the avy conditions are "MODERATE" between 4000 and 6000 feet, we will start at Alpental Ski Area, hike up to Source Lake and then approach the peak via the very steep gully between Bryant Peak and Chair Peak.
This route goes through a narrow pass, then DOWN 300' toward Melakwa lake then south around the cliffs and up the south west ridge of Bryant Peak. We will return via the same route. This route is quite steep and will require considerable strength, confidence and stamina.
If the avy conditions are "LOW", the pass will be too icy. and we will approach the peak via the standard route via Denny Creek.
If the avy conditions are "CONSIDERABLE" or higher, we will go somewhere else in the Snoqualmie Pass area, likely Mount Catherine

Meet inside the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM.

- Ice Axe is always required.
- MSR brand snowshoes are required.
- Crampons, and experience using them, are required for this trip.
- Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and the skills to use them are highly recommended but not required for participation.
- No parking pass is required

Here is a link to a printable map of the area:,-121.461239&t=t4&z=15&hillshade=18&coord=latlng&directions=off&mylocation=off&label=off&layers=off&screen=auto&streetview=on

I would encourage you to review and print this map. If you can't get the 'Mapping Support' print feature to work, Press Ctrl-PrntScr to copy the screen Image to the clipboard, paste it into the Microsoft Paint program, crop it to size, and print it out. Please don't show up without map compass and the skills to use them.


Bryant & Hemlock Peaks

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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