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    North Bend, Washington

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    Bellevue, WA
    Explorer | 37 pts
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    6/13/2019
    Yesterday was a perfect day at Granite Mt.
    No bugs!! Sun and nice breeze and tons off Beargrass, even at lower elevations. Flowers should last for at least 2 more weeks although they will be higher up.
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    Mercer Island, WA
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    3/15/2012
    Bluebird day but the snow was very soft. The avalanche chute buried the trail at about 2200 ft and I looked for the trail which I now know is only 20-40 meters above the blockage (I figured that out on the way down). Instead I just went straight up the chute. The snow and ice is hard in this area and it rewarded me with a beautiful waterfall at about 2500 ft. The challenge in this route is making it up the waterfall. I decided to take the left side of the falls straight up and successfully free climbed the rock to the top. I entered the forest and climbed straight up through snow and forest debris. It was a challenge getting to the trail at about 3300 ft but then it was free wheeling. I say freewheeling except for the deep soft snow where I postholed more times than I care to count. One gentleman I talked to on the trail summed it best when he said "if you have to posthole then today is a great day for it"...another said "I feel like I have climbed this mountain twice today if you count sliding backwards, falling down and getting my legs out of deep post holes". It was one of the most beautiful and toughest days on Granite for me...part was my route selection and part was the depth and softness of the snow. But it was another great day in the cascades!
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    Adelaide, WA
    Pathfinder | 91 pts
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    8/9/2009
    A great trail and a great workout. The trail is well maintained (WTA was there while we hiked making some improvements). Can be hot as is is quite exposed over longer stretches for a hot day, but as we had a cooler day in August it was perfect. I hear it is even more beautiful with fall color, so I may have to return.
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    Tacoma, WA
    Pathfinder | 181 pts
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    7/13/2008
    This was an excellent hike for a beautiful summer day. The middle 2 miles up are a bit steep, but the rest of the trail is well maintained and a moderate grade. The last 600ft of elevation are gained by a moderately technical scramble over some boulders and some snow fields. There is still quite a bit of snow, which makes coming down a lot easier and a lot of fun. Out and back should take an average hiker 6 hours at most. All in all a fun trip.
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    Bellevue, WA
    Adventurer | 240 pts
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    1/21/2008
    This is a great hike to test yourself and get in shape for something bigger. The top 500 feet can be very icy at times and you should really have at the very least an ice axe. We snow-shoed to the top yesterday and the conditions were pretty good. Some wind (20 mph) gusting at the top make us glad we had some warm gear too. The first third of this hike you can do with just boots then the rest is snow shoes or skis, but I would be careful on the top like the last person mentioned its steep and can get very icy. Not much traffic past about 4000 feet due to difficulty the lower trail is fairly busy with people trying out their new snow gear.
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    Four Corners, WA
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    7/4/2007
    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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    Interbay, WA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    1/14/2007
    Though not mentioned in the ski guide, this trail is primarily a boot pack, in fact would recommend leaving the skins in the car and save the weight. Also, if it''s at all icy up above tree line the fall potential is high and I would highly recommend a self arrest device of some sort. The day we went there were many groups of climbers doing the same ascent with crampons and ice axes.
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    Issaquah, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    8/21/2006
    The day was hot and sunny and much of the trail is without shade but we stayed well-hydrated. I'm a bit flabergasted to see people hiking without water for themselves or their dogs. The trail is rocky and steep but not difficult for experienced hikers. We turned around short of the summit since we only had 4 hours allotted to the hike and it takes at least 6 at a leisurely pace to summit. It was a perfect day and climb. There were a few hikers coming and going along the way. I would recommend being at Pratt Trailhead no later than 7:30 to begin the descent before the heat of the day. Highly recommend this hike. Views are spectacular of Mt Rainier and others.
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    Everett, WA
    Explorer | 21 pts
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    8/14/2002
    Hiked in prep for Rainier. During the summer months this is a gorgeous hike. The patches of snow here and there keep you cool. This is an advanced hike and is comparable to Bandera mountain just west of Granite. During the winter months there are many avalaches and Granite has taken many lives. Would recommend for the scenery though!
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    Seattle, WA
    Trailblazer | 3048 pts
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    2/24/2002
    I just snowboarded this route for the first time, but certainly not the last. When snow conditions are stable, this is one of the greatest and closest backcountry routes near Seattle. The hike up started in the forest then opened up to the rocky SW ridge. The west side was icy and worked best for the crampon crew, we stayed on the east side with snow soft enough to kick steps in. There is fire tower at the summit, but it provides no shelter from the wind since it sits high on posts. The descent was superb. We rode just west of the ridge then dropped into the avalanche gulch at treeline. The gulch was fun, but petered out at the top of a waterfall. Here we snowshoed down east of the fall and down all the way to the road. It required bushwacking, but took less than an hour. Most would rather head back down the trail at treeline or just below.
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    Trail Information

    North Bend
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    8
    Distance
    3,800 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    July–Oct
    Season
    Wild Flowers
    Features
    Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
    Local Maps

    Trail Log