Hiking:

Hard

 
 
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Mount Si: 8 miles, 3,150 ft gain

This hike is a great way to challenge yourself, and test your hiking abilities. It switches back and forth throughout the trees, with not much view. However, once you get to the top, the views you get there immediately make up for lack thereof earlier on the trail. Once to the top, you get views of the entire Snoqualmie Valley, Bellevue and Seattle. You can even see Rainier! If you are feeling extra-adventurous, take the extra climb up to the haystack. It is a 200 foot scramble, so only go if you feel comfortable.

*Discover Pass Required



Mailbox Peak (new trail): 9.4 miles, 4,000 ft gain

While this is not the old trail of mailbox peak, it is not much easier. Gaining 4,000 ft of elevation in 4.7 miles is no small feat. This trail uses switch backs all the way up, until the final push of 960 ft of gain in half a mile. This last section is made easier with incredible views of neighboring peaks. At the top, there is a mailbox with toys, beers and trinkets. If you are going to take something from the mailbox, make sure to bring something in replacement. If not, the views of Rainier are a treat in itself!

*Discover Pass Required

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Snow Lake: 7.2 miles, 1,800 ft gain

This hike lies somewhere between intermediate and hard. It starts off in the Alpental ski area parking lot and starts going in and out of trees and through boulder fields. You will start to gain elevation quickly to get to the saddle above the lake. Going down to the lake and around it is a real treat and worth the swim if you’re brave enough. If you an extension, Gem Lake is just another mile beyond.

*Discover Pass Required


Most Difficult


Granite Mountain: 8.6 miles, 3,800 ft gain

This trail gains nearly 1,000 feet per mile and is definitely for the more seasoned hiker. You will have your legs burning as you work through the switch backs. After the switch backs in the trees, eventually you will enter into the high mountain meadows and spot all different peaks around the area. Towards the top, you will be boulder hopping with, but still gaining elevation. At the top there is an old fire lookout that you can stay in overnight. This hike is definitely more difficult but beyond rewarding.

*Northwest Forest Pass Required



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McClellan Butte: 9 miles, 3,700 ft

The rewarding summit of this peak is not without effort. The switchbacks are steep, there are avalanche chutes and the top if exposed. While this may sound daunting, the 360 degree view from the top is every bit worth it. This challenging hike will serve as a confidence boost and earn you some bragging rights.

*Northwest Forest Pass Required