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

Note that winter scrambles are open only to GRADUATES of the Scramble or Basic Climbing class. Students of either one must wait until next year to participate

Bryant Peak is up the Denny Creek trail toward Melakwa Lake and Kaleetan Peak. It is on the ridge between Chair Peak and The Tooth
NOTE: The top section of this route is very steep and will challenge us all. The pace will be moderate, but you must be in good physical condition for this trip.
Meet inside the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.

- Ice Axe is always required.
- Snowshoes with aggressive points on the bottom such as MSR.
- Crampons 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

We will drive I-90 like we are going to Granite Mountain, but instead of turning left toward the Granite/Pratt Lake trailhead, we turn right and follow the road up between the two sections of I-90. We won’t be able to drive all the way to the trailhead, but should be able to get to just below the campground.
We will walk up the road to the trailhead then follow the trail under the west bound lanes of I-90 and up the valley to just before Hemlock Pass (4400’), where we turn northeast and climb to the basin between Bryant Peak and Hemlock Peak, (but not all the way to the col). From there we ascend Bryant. Those that brought their paraglider can fly down to Source Lake and Alpental Ski Area. The rest of us will slog our way back down the mountain.

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.

NOTE: In the event of high avy danger we will snowshoe to Mt Catherine from the Lake Annette trail head.


Bryant & Hemlock Peaks

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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