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Day Hike - Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)

The Mount Washington Day Hike was a good one, but also very wet. In places you could see water dripping off overhanging rocks covered with moss. Definitely a good hike, but preferable on a nicer day.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  •  We found water running down the trail in places and pooling on the trail in other places.  Mt. Washington always has a pool of water to cross with rocks to aid in the crossing a little more than a 1/4 of the way up.  That pool is there all year long, but now as we are into our winter weather it is a bit deeper.  With the pool crossing and all the rocks on the trail above ankle  hiking boots are greatly advised.  Also, for the one pool crossing at least one trekking pole is a plus.  There were a couple of minor downed trees across the trail.    There are a couple of places for views of the valley and the mountains across the valley.  One of the view is of Rattlesnake Ridge.

Exit 38 is the exit you want to take.  At the stop sign turn right and then take the first right about a block up the road into Olallie State Park.  There will be a road that goes up to the left that is closed off.  The trailhead is just a short distance further on the road to the right.  There is a perma-potty at the trailhead.  Plenty of parking here for most days.  Discover Pass is needed.  Round trip time for this hike is about 5 hours at a good pace.  Elevation gain is 3,200 ft.  The trail up from the parking lot will take you up to a service road and you will go maybe a block up to find a rock carin on the left to mark where the trail starts.  When we were there the carin had been knocked down.  You have to look closely for this trail.  This trail is noted to be 8 to 8.5 miles in length.

 

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