Dog Mountain (Snoqualmie Lake quad) via Taylor River Trail
We parked at the Taylor River Trailhead and rode our mountain bikes up
the Taylor River Trail to the Marten Creek bridge. We stashed our
bikes, crossed the creek, and headed north toward the ridge that
starts forming around 4000 feet. There was a fair amount of brush
going up this hillside. We often crossed the remnants of an old trail
that switch backed up the slope. Around 4400 feet we traversed west
to the small pass east of Dog Mountain (Snoqualmie Lake
), this involved a bit of class 3
Once we passed over the ridge we dropped down about 100 feet and
traversed to the north east slope of Dog Mountain (Snoqualmie Lake
) and then ascended to
the top. There were some nice views at the summit.
From the summit we followed the southwest ridge to around 5000 feet
and then followed the fall line down the south side of the ridge. We
meant to drop to the upper part of Marten Creek, cross the creek, and
take the bootpath on the south side of the creek to the Taylor River
Trail. Unfortunately we were unable to cross Marten Creek and decided
to go cross country on the north side. It turned out that the north
side was awful terrain to cross, lots of gullies and creek crossings.
Interestingly we also came across an abandoned tarp hut out there.
After much frustration we finally reached our bikes back on the trail
and rode back to our car.
Trip type: mountain bike, scramble
USGS quads: Snoqualmie Lake, Lake Philippa
In: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, North Fork Snoqualmie Drainage
Reference: Middle Fork Guide: Seattle's closest mountains
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.