Granite Mountain

North Bend, Washington

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This 9.6-mile out-and-back hike is a quick jaunt off Interstate 90 and easily accessible from the Seattle area. While not an easy hike, its open upper slopes make for a scenic outing from early June on, when its open south slopes melt free of snow. The fire lookout at the summit is still in use, making for a rewarding destination, along with the 360-degree views. For being so accessible from the Seattle metropolitan area, Granite Mountain can feel like a world away.Though strenuous and occasionally crowded on weekends, this mountain hike will reward you with delightful gardens of granite splashed with wildflowers, sweeping views of Mount Rainier and teardrop alpine lakes, and a historic Cascade Mountain fire tower. Granite Mountain is located in the heart of the region’s self-named Mountains to Sound Greenway, straddling I–90.The summit sits just west of the crest of the Cascade Range and south of the rugged Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
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by Ron Adkison & David Wortman (Falcon Guides)

This 9.6-mile out-and-back hike is a quick jaunt off Interstate 90 and easily accessible from the Seattle area. While not an easy hike, its open upper slopes make for a scenic outing from early June on, when its open south slopes melt free of snow. The fire lookout at the summit is still in use, making for a rewarding destination, along with the 360-degree views.

For being so accessible from the Seattle metropolitan area, Granite Mountain can feel like a world away.Though strenuous and occasionally crowded on weekends, this mountain hike will reward you with delightful gardens of granite splashed with
wildflowers, sweeping views of Mount Rainier and teardrop alpine lakes, and a historic Cascade Mountain fire tower.
Granite Mountain is located in the heart of the region’s self-named Mountains to Sound Greenway, straddling I–90.The summit sits just west of the crest of the Cascade Range and south of the rugged Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

©  Ron Adkison & David Wortman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 3,770 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 - 6 hours
Season: Late June through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, North Bend Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Granite Mountain

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