Mount Catherine

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington 98068

Mount Catherine

Mount Catherine Professional Review and Guide

"Cross-country skiers and snowshoers have long enjoyed Mount Catherine, but hikers have pretty much ignored this Snoqualmie Pass peak since the middle of the twentieth century. The route is short, and the close-in views encompass sprawling clear-cuts, so perhaps hikers simply decided it wasn’t worth a visit—even map makers have neglected to include the trail on their maps. But when the masses wrote off this route as unworthy, they actually made it more enjoyable for the rest of us.

You’ll find fine views from Mount Catherine once you lift your eyes above the logging scars on the slopes below. You’ll also find broad thickets of huckleberries and an array of birds and animals that take advantage of that abundant juicy fruit. Once on the ridgetop, the trail turns and runs steeply up the spine to the summit of the mountain. Along this section the trail pops in and out of forest, providing grand views as you hike."

Mount Catherine Reviews

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This is an awesome little hike. The trail guide lists this as a 2 mile hike round trip. Be warned most of the walk up is 30 degrees or more. We had rainy conditions for the hike with the sun playing hide and seek. The brilliant greens and the sun hitting the rain drops hanging on the leaves and needles was like walking through a forest of diamonds and jewels. Along the few level spots the trail pasted through mossy glades and huckleberry patches. We saw bear signs and very few signs of other hikers. The pay off is the summit which was used as a fire watch back in the day. You have a 360 degree view of Snoqualmie Pass, Keechelus Lake, Mt Rainier and all the surrounding peaks and ridges. This is a trail worth looking for, and a great hike.

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Trail Information

Snoqualmie Pass
Nearby City
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best Times
Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018