Avalanche Mountain via Snow Lake trail (attempted)
I parked at Alpental and took trail 1013 (Snow Lake trail) to the pass
just south of Snow Lake. At the pass I left the trail and followed a
bootpath east on the ridge. I was planning to go to point 5,200+ on
the ridge and then go north on another ridge to Avalanche Mountain.
But at around 4,975' the ridge became very rocky and steep so I
turned around. (Maybe I could have contoured below it, at the time
the rainy and foggy conditions didn't let me see low enough to tell.)
On to plan B.
I returned to the trail at the pass and followed the trail to the low,
broad ridge that runs east from Snow Lake to Avalanche Mountain. I
pushed through tolerable amounts of huckleberry bushes on this ridge
until I reached the base of Avalanche Mountain. Inexplicably, I
turned around here and took the ridge back to Snow Lake.
On the way home I took the Source Lake loop trail, it has great views
of Bryant Peak, The Tooth, and friends.
Elevation gain: approx. 2,260 feet
Trip type: scramble
USGS quad: Snoqualmie Pass
In: Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Reference: The Northwest Peakbaggers Asylum
Car-to-car time: 6 hours 27 minutes
- 5 minutes driving there from Lower Queen Anne to Larry's Market
- 15 minutes driving there from Larry's Market to I-90 and I-405
- 43 minutes driving there from I-90 and I-405 to Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental)
- 1 hour 2 minutes ascending from Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental) to pass S of Snow Lake
- 54 minutes ascending from pass S of Snow Lake to unpassable section of ridge
- 20 minutes ascending from unpassable section of ridge to pass S of Snow Lake
- 27 minutes ascending from pass S of Snow Lake to turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake
- 39 minutes ascending from turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake to base of Avalanche Mountain
- 49 minutes descending from base of Avalanche Mountain to turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake
- 1 hour 37 minutes descending from turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake to Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental)
- 57 minutes driving back from Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental) to Lower Queen Anne
Avalanche Mountain, just visible from Snow Lake trail
Impassable section of ridge east of trail
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.