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Day Hike - Green Mountain (Glacier Peak)

Steep but short hike to a fire lookout and great views of the weather cooperates.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • FS 26 (Suiattle River Road) and FS 2680, the road to the TH are both in great shape (for now).  FS 2680 is narrow so be careful of vehicles travelling in the other direction.  Look for a small parking area on the right side of the road and a sign on a tree that says "Green Mountain".  The standard sign-in kiosk and message board are up in the woods a few feet.  Trail traverses through forest for about a mile before breaking out into south-facing meadows.  Continuing upward at a decent grade, the trail swings east around the edge of a ridge and then descends to a small basin below Green Mountain. There are a couple of shallow tarns here but the water is a bit iffy and will likely dry up at some point in the summer.  From the tarns, if it's clear you can see northish up across the meadows to the lookout.  It's much steeper from the tarns to the lookout as the trail switchbacks up the meadows, climbs a ridge to the right then follows the ridge crest the last short section to the lookout.  There is a steep drop off on 2 sides of the lookout.

Lots of cancellations due to the weather forecast, but we escaped the rain and thunderstorms.  Views were limited but the huckleberries were out on the south-facing slope below the tarns.  Lookout was locked up and socked in cloud, but the sections below the lookout had partial views of the surrounding terrain. Even had a few sun breaks.  Trail is in good shape until the tarns, then it is quite rutted and eroded, so watch your footing.  Watched a family of grouse  poking about the rocks and flowers just below the lookout.