The Pulpit

A challenging scramble of 10 miles and 3,500 feet of elevation gain near Snoqualmie Pass.

getting there

From Exit 34 on I-90, drive north on 468th Ave SE and then turn right onto SE Middle Fork Rd. It becomes Forest Road 56. Continue on Forest Road 56 to the Middle Fork Trailhead.

approach & ascent

From the Middle Fork Trailhead parking lot, cross the bridge and turn right (west) onto the Pratt Connector Trail.  Follow the trail until its junction with the unofficial Rainy Creek Trail. Leave the trail around 3,200 ft, heading west toward the ridge (it may be brushy).  Once on the ridge ascend north to Point 4440, then northwest to Point 4523 (aka The Pulpit). If conditions allow continue north on the ridge  to Lookout Point, descending a steep gully on west side and traverse below cliffs before ascending back to ridge (Class 3).

FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 4, Winter Scramble
  • Length: 10.0
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • 4,523 ft
  • Green Trails Mt Si No. 174
  • USGS Lake Phillipa
  • Red Marker
    47.547665, -121.537113
    47.5476650252 -121.53711319
  • Red Marker
    47.521264, -121.551747
    47.521263691 -121.551747322

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