Collar Mountain and Alaska Mountain via PCT

I parked at the Snoqualmie Pass PCT trailhead and headed up the PCT. There are lots of people on this trail on a pretty Sunday. The crowds thinned out to almost nobody after passing Kendall Katwalk.

Right before Ridge Lake I took a quick detour north to scramble up Collar Mountain, a minor summit named by John Roper and company in September 2002. It has a nasty, brushy summit but does have nice views of the south side of Mount Thompson. After a quick look around, I descended to Ridge lake.

There were a couple short, steep snow slopes to cross on the trail between Ridge Lake and Alaska Mountain. Once I was south of the summit of Alaska Mountain, I left the trail and scrambled to the summit.

The summit of Alaska is pleasant, it has nice spots to sit and enjoy views of nearby Huckleberry Mountain, Chikamin Peak, Alta Mountain, and the very impressive Thompson Mountain. There is also just enough room for a 6'3" guy to sleep if he doesn't mind his feet hanging off the edge, which is what I did.

  • Date:
    2006/07/02 to 2006/07/03
    Elevation gain:
    3,015 feet
    Trip type:
    scramble
    USGS quad:
    Chikamin Peak
    In:
    Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage
    Car-to-car:
    21 hours 27 minutes
    • 55 minutes driving there from Lower Queen Anne to Snoqualmie Pass PCT trailhead
    • 2 hours 33 minutes ascending from Snoqualmie Pass PCT trailhead to Kendall Katwalk
    • 29 minutes ascending from Kendall Katwalk to PCT
    • 20 minutes ascending from PCT to summit of Collar Mountain
    • 12 minutes ascending from summit of Collar Mountain to PCT
    • 1 hour 2 minutes ascending from PCT to PCT
    • 17 minutes ascending from PCT to summit of Alaska Mountain
    • 1 hour 42 minutes descending from summit of Alaska Mountain to Kendall Katwalk
    • 2 hours 32 minutes descending from Kendall Katwalk to Snoqualmie Pass PTC trailhead
    • 1 hour driving back from Snoqualmie Pass PTC trailhead to Lower Queen Anne
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  • Marsh Marigold
    Marsh Marigold
  • Mount Thomson from Collar Mountain
    Mount Thomson from Collar Mountain
  • NW side of Alta Mountain from PCT
    NW side of Alta Mountain from PCT
  • Huckleberry Mountain from Alaska Mountain
    Huckleberry Mountain from Alaska Mountain
  • Chikamin Peak from Alaska Mountain
    Chikamin Peak from Alaska Mountain
  • Sunset behind Mount Thomson from Alaska Mountain
    Sunset behind Mount Thomson from Alaska Mountain
  • Evening light on Alta Mountain from Alaska Mountain
    Evening light on Alta Mountain from Alaska Mountain
  • Sunset behind Mount Thomson from Alaska Mountain
    Sunset behind Mount Thomson from Alaska Mountain
  • Morning light on Kendall Peak from Alaska Mountain
    Morning light on Kendall Peak from Alaska Mountain
  • Morning light on Mount Thomson from Alaska Mountain
    Morning light on Mount Thomson from Alaska Mountain
  • Sunrise behind Chikamin Peak from Alaska Mountain
    Sunrise behind Chikamin Peak from Alaska Mountain
  • East side of Collar Mountain from PCT
    East side of Collar Mountain from PCT
  • Heather flowers
    Heather flowers
  • Huckleberry flowers
    Huckleberry flowers
  • South side of Red Mountain (Snoqualmie Pass quad) from PCT
    South side of Red Mountain (Snoqualmie Pass quad) from PCT
  • Columbine
    Columbine

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