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Spectacular Views, A Hiking Trail 40 Minutes From Seattle That Will Measure Your Metal: Granite Mountain Hiking Trail

Spectacular Views, A Hiking Trail 40 Minutes From Seattle That Will Measure Your Metal: Granite Mountain Hiking Trail

Granite Mountain

Photo Compliments of laffertyryan

The Granite Mountain hiking trail is strenuous and an excellent measurement of your fitness progress for the summer.  It’s within 30 to 45 minutes of Seattle and the views are absolutely stellar.   You will need to take this hike a little more seriously: you will need to carry water and wear appropriate footwear.  The only bathroom is at the trail-head so stop before you get on the trail that is wide and easy to follow…This will be a hike you will talk about for some time.

What To Expect: What To Enjoy

The trail starts out climbing. You’ll hike away from the trail-head parking area through a lush old forest. The elevation gain is 800 feet in the first mile. At 1 mile the trail forks (it is well marked). Turn right off this relatively flat piece of the trail for some serious climbing (those going to Pratt Lake will turn left at this sign).  In the next half mile the switchbacks are easy, but a bit steeper. As you near 2 miles the switchbacks get tighter, the trail again gets steeper.  At 4000 feet elevation you’ll get a breather as the trail angles across an avalanche chute.  Once you are across, the trail starts climbing again. At this point you’ll break out of the trees into steeply slanted meadows. The meadows are filled with bear grass in early summer, and then later in the season lupine and paintbrush color the slopes.  At 5200 feet you’ll crest the summit ridge. As you cross the meadow you will get a brief reprieve from climbing. You still have another half mile or so to cover along the ridges crest and then up to the summit crown.  The hardest work is behind you. You have reached the top and you will enjoy an absolutely spectacular 360 degree view from the lookout which is open on some weekends.  You can see Rainier, Baker, Stuart, and the peaks around Snoqualmie Pass. You can also see a number of lakes.

Take time to enjoy this very spectacular and very special journey.

Quick Facts

  • Accessibility: July-October
  • Distance: 8 miles round trip.  This is an in-and-out hike.
  • Elevation Gain 3800 ft
  • Highest Point 5629 ft
  • Hike Time: 5.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trail Condition:  Well maintained
  • Northwest Forest Pass required
  • Green Trails Map: Snoqualmie Pass No. 207 (Map is available at REI)
  • Dogs: Allowed on leash

Directions

Take 1-90 east from Seattle to exit 47. Take a left (north). Cross highway, go left (west).  Trail head is 0.5 miles ahead at the end of the road. Trail head is shared with Pratt Lake trail head.

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