Trip Report    

Winter Scramble - Zorro Point

Great views!

  • Snow and ice on road
  • Route was snow covered from the parking lot.

Brr!  It was a chilly 23 degrees at the trailhead when we started just after 7am with headlamps on.  The "new" connector trail starts right before the big concrete bridge on the Middle Fork Road. This trail saves about 3 miles roundtrip over taking the old road/trail. There are plans to build a 45 stall parking lot, according to the sign.  

We followed the trail, admiring the many benches with small views, until it joins the Granite Creek road/trail.  We followed this old road passed the Granite Lakes junction where we put on snowshoes.  Turned left at the Thompson Lake intersection.  The road above here has great views of Seattle, the Olympics, and surrounding mountains (but no benches!)

The cabin at Zorro Point has deteriorated since I was last here 5 years ago, the south side of the metal roof has blown away.  We scrambled the .1 mile to Thompson Point and turned around about .5 mile short of Revolution, mostly due to the leader being tired.  But also the forecast was for rain at 4pm, so we wanted to beat that (it never rained of course).

Made it back to the cars around 3pm, a 7 hour day.  ~13 miles, 4300' elevation gain round trip.

Cabin History - The land was sold to Forterra in 2016 with plans to transfer to DNR (http://forterra.org/editorial/ridgetop-in-middle-fork-snoqualmie-valley-unmasked)