Granite Mountain Lookout Tower

North Bend, Washington

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This tough but rewarding hike leads to one of the highest peaks west of Snoqualmie Pass and includes some 2,000 feet of climbing in the alpine zone; the trek is capped by a long boulder-hop up the final ridge. From the summit lookout tower, Granite Mountain enjoys a commanding view of the surrounding area and much of the central Washington Cascades. Four high volcanoes frame the unforgettable scene.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

This tough but rewarding hike leads to one of the highest peaks west of Snoqualmie Pass and includes some 2,000 feet of climbing in the alpine zone; the trek is capped by a long boulder-hop up the final ridge. From the summit lookout tower, Granite Mountain enjoys a commanding view of the surrounding area and much of the central Washington Cascades. Four high volcanoes frame the unforgettable scene.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Season: Hikable late spring–fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 425-888-1421; www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=17986
Local Maps: Green Trails: Snoqualmie Pass 207; USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Granite Mountain Lookout Tower

Recent Trail Reviews

7/4/2007
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We hiked the trail on a hot and sunny July 4th. No snow present until we arrived at the lake and saw a very small melting patch next to the trail. The trail is well shaded and mostly steep switchbacks above the valley. Annette lake is very picturesque and easily accessible from the trail. Numerous backcountry campsites existed arount the trail but the mosquitoes were ravenous near water. We hiked the trail up and back in three and 1/2 hours but had a vigorous pace downhill. Be sure to arrive early as we passed multiple parties who literally were waiting to pass on our way down by noon.



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