Snowshoe Routes: Washington
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
It's amazing how the weather just seems to stop right at Hex mountain. I watched all day as the clouds hung over Snoqualmie but never made it to me. I did this route solo today and had a great time. Get an early start to get those limited parking spots located a Newman Creek. They are labeled for single use only so snowmobile trailers can not park there. It was also nice to get out on the trail before all of the snowmobiles were sharing the trail. Once on the actual (marked) trailhead, it is a straight shot up that follows a nice ridge line. You will reach the top of a little hill, cross a saddle, and then up the last long ridge to the top. Just be sure that you are aware of the cornices on the ridge. They are fairly well loaded with the wind coming from the North. Snow is still covering the entire path from bottom to top. Great day trip! Spectacular 360 degree views.
The road to the trailhead was plowed all the way but we could hear few scratching noises underneath our low clearance vehicle during the last mile or so.
Parking is available on the side of the road few hundred feet before the trail starts in a form of plowed shoulder. There is space for 3, maybe 4 vehicles available so arrive early to ensure a spot.
The actual trail starts with gentle climbing gently up the snowy side road until it reaches Y where you want to keep right. There are few other possible turns but this one is marked by a blue spot on a tree on your right side.
From that point on you are travelling in the backcountry and will need some route finding skills to keep on the right track unless a trail is already established.
We weren't that lucky and had to break trail from the very bottom which especially in the steep uphill parts was quite exhausting. Our efforts were rewareded by serene winter wonderland and the higher we got, the more peacefull our surroundings got.
It was overcast today and we only got few glimpses of the views from the ridge. On a clear day the views must be magnificent.
It was a great trip and most of the way we travelled away from any avalanche slopes. It was great to actually get somewhere in this time of high to extreme avalanche danger here in NW.
This was an end of the snowshoeing season hike. The first half mile or so was muddy but once we hit the snow it was great.
Great views all day. We were the only two on the trail for the entire day. There are few or no trail markings once you turn off the logging road and start towards the summit on the Hex Mountain trail. Common sense and our GPS helped.
This was a physically challenging hike with some fairly steep spots. The knife ridge is pretty narrow and we were cautious not to get too close to the wet snow overhangs along the eastern edge..
We made it to the top in a little less than 4 hours. The hike down was 3 hours.
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