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Granite Mountain Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 3,687 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

Please note that as of mid June 2020 the lookout is closed for COVID19. Take a trek up to the lookout cabin at the top of this beautiful peak in Snoqualmie Pass. Follow a very steep trail to the summit of this tall peak alongside I-90. You will have spectacular views from the top, where there is a fire tower, of the surrounding alpine lakes and peaks. You will also have a great view of Mt. Rainier towering above all the other peaks to the south.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass A vault toilet at trailhead

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Snoqualmie District (North Bend) Tel: 425.888.1421 www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs

Take Exit 47 off of I-90 in Snoqualmie Pass and follow signs to the trailhead. Don't try this trail in the winter or early spring as there is severe avalanche danger in the area.

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 47. Left off the freeway. Left at T in road for .5 miles to trailhead.

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Recordings (861)
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Scott Luxfiat
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Really awesome hike. Don’t let the first 90% fool you, the last bit is what makes this challenging. At the first bit of snow (it’s a long skinny strip), you can either go right and the trail goes into the snowfield and up the back side. I did this with only poles and no foot traction, but I do not recommend. Bring at least micro spikes, it is steep, narrow, and slippery in some sections. I went up this way. If you go left, you follow the trail onto the ridge where it simply ends before the top. You’ll have to scramble the ridge off-trail to get to the summit. It can be hairy, proceed with caution. This route involves no snow. I came down this way.

Nima Forghani
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HikingRockySnow

Completed the hike yesterday though climbing to the summit (last 300’ vertical) was an adventure given that the last portion of the official trail was completely covered in snow. I definitely recommend micro-spikes for the last stretch of the summit. I managed to climb up using already established footsteps on a steep slope to the top and poles but at times I regretted my decision. Use your judgment and don’t hesitate to stop if you feel you may slide. There’s another path to the top which is mostly through a boulder field which might be a safer option.

Kristin DeCou
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HikingGreat!Off trailScrambleSnow

Started our hike at 7:30am on a cloudless Monday. Parking lot had maybe 6 cars. Easily marked at the bottom and at the one turning point when you go right for Granite Mountain (vs. left for Pratt Lake). Gorgeous hike through the trees, pass switchbacks until you reach the split between the summer and winter routes. Summer route was still largely covered in snow, so we took the winter route and took the "Granite Way", scrambling up boulders until we reached the lookout. I took images of the scramble so that others could get an idea of what it looks like now, mid-July, at different angles. There really wasn't a 'path', you had to find your own, but mostly we stayed in the center of the rock way. I felt nervous climbing the first stretch of granite boulders, but with secure footing with each step, I gained much more confidence as I progressed to the top. There was a small lockbox sitting on a wooden lookout ledge with a few items in it and an "Explore Washington" sticker. Stunning 360 degree views at the top, clear view of Mt. Rainier and fields of snow below. I came alive on this hike and feel like I now have in addition to the "travel bug", the "mountain bug". This peak will do that to you.

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Laura Cervantes
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HikingScrambleSnow
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Brandon Eastman
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HikingGreat!ScrambleSnow

Great hike! not for children! once you hit the dirt from the parking lot your on an incline to the top! trail head is shared with Pratt Lake so watch for the sign on the right side to switch up to Granite moutain. Steep incline most the way up. pass through 3 avalache chutes (so if hiking in winter be very cautious) It opens to a nice meadow field near the top, and a chance to see the tower then you know you have about a mile left to go. The trail recorded for the app is still covered in snow after climbing the meadow you start to see snow and stay to the right (by the snow/right side of hill) and then cross the snow to follow a creek around the hill which takes you to a snow field. Cross that then the final very steep ascent to the top I recommend mirco spikes but not required someone already used their boots and kicked some shoe steps into the snow to walk up as well. Today the wind was blowing so much got a little bit of all weather patterns except hail and snow. I tried to go down on the rock face was taking too long so I slid down the snow hill back to the field to make my way down. Which if you have bad knees the downhill feels like forever too! I've never been happier to see a parking lot!!

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Lana S
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Hiking

Great trail , although not easy , but so beautiful , so much wild flowers and great views literally just when u thing you saw a nice view , Then you get to the top then it’s literally way better ., enjoyed rock climbing to the top , saw lots of dogs on trail as well . Worth the hike.

Benno Grieser
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Hiking

Tough but totally doable

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Anand Arumugam
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Hiked this trail over the July 4th weekend. A fantastic hike. Great views. Last bit was literally on all fours - scrambling on boulders since the usual trail is fully covered by a huge snow patch.

Brent Bradbury
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Don’t take the marked summer route yet- it crosses a large snow field and the approach to the summit is treacherous and difficult. Instead use the west fork of the trail near the summit for a challenging but safer scramble over boulders to summit, with only 20 yards of snow. This hike is beautiful!

Kent Rozenberg
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HikingGreat!

I did this hike solo last week on a Monday. I saw Hardly ran into any people which was nice. This is a challenging trail that can be steep at times. I would highly recommend good boots and poles especially helpful for the way down. The last .5 is a bit of boulder climbing mixed with snow. I had my spikes on me for the snow so it was no problem.

Jack Li
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Ani Rao
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HikingSnow

The last 0.5 miles at the top is covered with snow for which you might have to be equipped with snow boots. Beautiful views throughout the hike. Started at 6 AM and came back by 9.15. Would recommend.

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Erin Richardson
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HikingSnow

Absolutely stunning trail. The view from the top is completely work the climb. You pop out of the trees about halfway up and the views from that point on are breathtaking. Got to the trailhead at 9am and had to park on the road but the trail wasn’t crowded at all. Some snow on the last half mile but if you climb the ridge you can avoid the most of it. The wildflowers are already out!

Paulina D
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Hiking

Nice maintained trail. Made it to the look out without any problems. Snow is starting to melt.

ashish aleti
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FeeGreat!Snow

fantastic hike. starts off with a good grade and continues on pretty much a step climb all the way with a few occasional breaks where it flattens out. breathtaking views once above the tree line. absolutely gorgeous. there is snow at the top and continues melt makes crossing streams a challenge. deep holes in the snow to watch out for. the snow shelf appears to be about 5-6ft above the rocks and streams beneath. except heavy crowds

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