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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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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!

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

Nicklaus Hester
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HikingGreat!RockySnow

Highly recommend! Water is affluent until top 1/2. Then use the snow! Stunning. Not even that crowded on the 4th.

Kerlan Wolsey
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Scramble
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Aaron Mcgee
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HikingScramble

Awesome trail the last quarter mile had snow but the ridge provides a route requiring a boulder scramble

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Denise Batura
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The trail is perfect, it has water and views with beautiful flowers along the way. snow at the top. did not make it to the lookout cuz my yellow lab was with me. it was a perfect day and a great challenge

Deborah Krier
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Hiking

Trail was in pretty good shape, especially considering al the rain recently. Arrived around 10am on Saturday to find parking lot better than half full. Almost all the hikers coming down as I was going up had face masks they quickly deployed upon seeing me, which is the reverse of my experience going back down. If you are especially concerned about social distancing, it would seem you want to hit that early time frame, as the later crowd was much more relaxed in both their coverings and not pausing until one party could find room to safely step off the trail and create space for the other party to pass by. All that said, the vast majority of the hike was nicely solo with no other souls nearby. The trails itself were mostly spacious and well kept up. There were a few small streams you could easily skip over in the first half of the hike. The muddy bits were only lightly so, and didn’t present much slip hazard. I forgot to wear any big spray, but I still only swatted away a handful of insects on the hike, and a day later no itchy bites bother me. My only complaint is that the din of I-5 was omnipresent the vast majority of the hike. If you want to get lost in the sounds of nature, find a trail more removed from the highway.

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Jamie M
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

I started at 5am and reached the snow around 6:45am while it was still somewhat cold. The current route is the snow route along the ridge (not the red line that is on the map right now). Three snow fields at the top. The first was no big deal, did it without spikes. However the transition from snow to boulder was a big gap and I was worried about the stability of the snow at the edge. The second snowfield had a few posthole spots along the bootpath (one of them was mine) where the hole went all the way down through and you can see the rocks ~5ft below. The transition off this second snow field to boulder was NOT good. The whole underside is melted off so its just an ice ledge, and looking underneath I couldn't see where it connected, at least from the angle I was looking at. You don't know about it when your going up but when you're going back you can see it. Super sketch. The bouldering after this second snow field seems like a class 2 scramble, although I'm not an expert at categorization :). A few moves feel more like rock climbing. The third snowfield up to the summit was pretty good, although there was a section of the cornice that has fallen off at the top. Just stay on the bootpath. I spiked up and had poles and it felt great. Hopefully no one gets hurt on this, wouldn't advise doing this snow route much longer. That snow ledge will break off soon and the post holes I saw go ~5 ft down to rocks underneath. The snow fields start at ~5000ft so you still have awesome views of Rainier and to the south, east, and west if you decide to turn around here. Besides that, it was a sunny and BEAUTIFUL hike with views of Mt. Rainier and Kaleetan Peak. Would highly recommend this hike, but via the normal backside route at this point. Not sure if there is a boot pack for that yet, I didn't see it but also I wasn't looking. Snow will probably be gone in a few weeks.

Heather Dachary
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HikingScrambleSnow
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Lisa Vipond
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Started this hike early to beat the rain but instead was unprepared for the humidity. The hike was beautiful. Much less snow than an earlier attempt. Still lots of snow at the top portion. Definitely prepare for bouldering near the tower at the top. Wish I had brought my spikes. The tower is closed.

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