Sorcery Mountain via Goat Creek
Carla, Yana, and I parked at the Dingford Trailhead on the Middle Fork
Snoqualmie Road and hiked up the Dingford Trail. After crossing Goat
Creek (which is distinctive because it forks into a couple streams
before crossing the trail) we headed north cross-country toward
Horseshoe Lake, staying east of Goat Creek and within hearing-distance
of the creek the whole way. Supposedly there is a fisherman's path to
the lake, but there was too much snow for us to find it.
At Horseshoe Lake we headed east on an intercept course with Sorcery's
west ridge. We hit steep, frozen turf and thin, frozen snow that
forced us to don crampons. We were happy to gain the more moderate
ridge, which went with no difficulties to the summit. It was a nice
scramble up the ridge with some unusual granite boulders.
Elevation gain: approx. 4,095 feet
Trip type: scramble
USGS quad: Snoqualmie Lake
In: Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Car-to-car time: 8 hours 18 minutes
- 1 hour 28 minutes driving there from Capitol Hill to Dingford Trailhead
- 3 hours 18 minutes ascending from Dingford Trailhead to Horseshoe Lake
- 1 hour 45 minutes ascending from Horseshoe Lake to summit of Sorcery Mountain
- 54 minutes descending from summit of Sorcery Mountain to Horseshoe Lake
- 2 hours 4 minutes descending from Horseshoe Lake to Dingford Trailhead
Copyright © 2007 Gabriel Deal.