Vesper Peak

Granite Falls, Washington 98252

Vesper Peak

Vesper Peak Professional Review and Guide

"This 6.6-mile hike follows mining trails up to the summit of Vesper Peak. The Sunrise Mine Trail #707 begins by threading through a ragged stand of trees, with almost no underbrush. Greenery soon appears as a series of creeks and rivers cut across the rocky trail. The largest and most formidable of these is the South Fork Stillaguamish River, located about 0.5 mile down the trail.

The trail is not easy and at times is little more than a scramble, but the rewards are worth the effort to reach the rocky summit. From the top you can pick out dozens of peaks. It is difficult, scaling more than 4,000 feet in a little over 3 miles on rough trail. Some route-finding skills are occasionally required, depending on how snow-covered the trail is, and above Vesper Creek you can expect to encounter snow all year."

More Vesper Peak Professional Reviews and Guides

"Seen from Seattle, Vesper Peak is the broad pyramid at the front of the range, just north of Glacier Peak. The southern slopes may be seen from US 2 south of Monroe. This tour has an engaging “up and over” approach that is augmented by a speedy return to the trailhead, snowpack permitting. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel (optional); permit / fee area."

"Vesper Peak is a great moderate summit ski destination, but you usually must hike a little to get to the snow if the snow on the roads has melted out enough to access the tour. This ski tour provides a lot of variety in a single day: some classic Cascadian stream crossings, a friendly couloir to boot up and ski down, and a beautiful view from the summit.

Follow the summer trail as it heads southwest into the woods and toward the Stillaguamish River. Crossing the river, which is often swollen with snowmelt, can be challenging at times. If there is no obvious, safe crossing where the trail intersects the river, then bushwhack a bit upstream, where there will likely be a good log crossing on a springtime logjam. Once you are beyond the river, look for the continuation of the summer trail, which switchbacks up a steep meadow and exits through trees to gain the hanging valley to the east of Sperry Peak."

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Trail Information

Granite Falls
Nearby City
3,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7-9 hours
Best season: July–Sept
Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Hwy., Granite Falls, WA 98252; (360) 691-7791;
Local Contacts
USGS Silverton; Green Trails Map #110 (Silverton), #111 (Sloan Peak)
Local Maps

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Oct 2018