Snoqualmie Mountain is situated less than 3 miles north of Snoqualmie Pass. It is one of the prominent peaks visible at the Interstate 90 pass which is the main highway across the Cascades, especially in the winter. There is a 5 mile trail from near Alpental to the summit which gains over 3000 feet via the southwest slope and takes about 4-6 hours round-trip to reach the summit and back. There are other climbing routes including the difficult Northwest Face which is rated Grade III, class 5.8. Check with the Forest Service in North Bend before attempting a climb in the winter because of avalanche control (explosives) in the area. Snoqualmie Mountain was named by The Mountaineers in 1923. Snoqualmie comes from the Salish language and means "moon."
Directions: From Seattle drive east on Interstate 90 and take the West Summit exit at Snoqualmie Pass. Drive the Alpental Road to the parking lot at the Alpental ski area entrance and the Snow Lake trailhead. Forty feet to the right (east) of the Snow Lake Trailhead is an unmarked trail which is the climber's path that leads to Snoqualmie Mountain and Guye Peak. After passing through brush and forest, the steep rocky trail opens up to a boulder field. Here at the bottom of the boulder field, look up at a sign on a large tree with arrows directing the route to the left for Snoqualmie Mountain, and to the right for Guye Peak. Continue following this left path to the summit. On a clear day the summit panorama provides an expansive view: Adams, Rainier, Granite, Denny, The Tooth, Bryant, McClellen Butte, Chair, Kaleetan, Snow Lake, Garfield, Three Fingers, Whitehorse, Baker, Sloan, Glacier Peak, Overcoat, Chimney Rock, Chickamin, Stuart, and a hundred others.
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1898|
|First successful climber(s):||Albert Sylvester and USGS survey party|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
|Convenient Center:||North Bend|
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NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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- Log #22529 - by theyogiclimber on June 05, 2016Recall it was a clear day, but windy and cold on the summit. Didn't linger on the summit.