Silver Peak Trail

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Silver Peak Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,922 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

forest

views

rocky

scramble

First half of the trail is actually a part of famous Pacific Crest Trail. The trailhead is located on intersection of National Forest Development Road 9070 and the Pacific Crest trail, and direction to Silver Peak is to South from the intersection. After hiking about 1.7 miles, there is a fork, which doesn't have any sign, so can be missed easily. However, there is a rock pyramid at the entry point, which can be a good mark to look for. The second part of trail is much steeper, and requires some kind of scrambling closer to the top of Silver Peak. View from the top is great. Most of surrounding mountains are easily visible, including Granite Mountain, Snoqualmie Mountain, Catherine Mountain, Tinkham Peak, etc.

hiking
18 days ago

Top trail takeaways:
1. The road to the trailhead is an old forest road, and it’s pretty washed out in places. I’d not recommend without an SUV.
2. This trail is not maintained by the WTA, so it gets pretty faint/ confusing at times. GPS is recommended, otherwise you’ll end up at Mirror Lake.
3. Trekking poles were pretty helpful for the final .5ish gravel scramble to the top.
4. Despite it being a very warm day, it was very chilly in the wind at the top. Pack a light jacket.
Trip time: 5:30 with :45+ at the top
Report:
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to hike up loose gravel, this is your chance! The final half mile of this hike is up shifting rock of various sizes, but the view from the top is well worth it. Leave your sedan at home and go for the SUV instead, the road to the trailhead is pretty rough. Bring a GPS application or device if you’re unfamiliar with this area for Snoqualmie, the trail isn’t maintained by the WTA and is pretty faint at times. Start from the trailhead at mirror lake and hang a right about a mile/ mile and a half in, this was marked by a Cairn when I was there, but otherwise has no distinguishing sign. Bring a jacket for the top, it was chilly despite an 80+ degree day when I hiked. There was still a tiny bit of snow at the top last weekend, but you don’t need micro-spikes. Poles were an immense help for balance up the final gravel scramble. Bring sunscreen as the final mile or so us uncovered. Enjoy!

Photos from the hike: https://www.instagram.com/kjcoop/

hiking
25 days ago

Was pleasantly surprised with this hike today. Left the trailhead at 6:30am and made our way up to Silver Peak. Loved being on the PTC. Be careful to watch your mileage or you might miss the trail to Silver Peak at 1.7 miles. Lots of great views, Mt Rainer was majestic today. Only two things that were a pain were the bugs and the road up to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with stunning views, but....the mosquitos were a horrible annoyance. Wear bug spray and long sleeves- we were constantly swarmed by mosquitos the last 1.5 miles up. Other than the bugs, it was a beautiful hike with a fun final ascent to the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Last bit of snow still clinging to the peaks but the sunny weekend led to amazing views. Last 1/3 of the hike is a pretty intense loose rock trail culminating in a bit of a scramble but it was worth it!

1 month ago

Still too early for this hike. Snow on ground and rain in the sky kept me from the last scramble. Gorgeous wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike. cool different terrains during hike

1 month ago

Snow fields at higher elevations and a fair amount of water and exposed roots on trail. Consider micro spikes. Route finding skills will be handy. Not a dog friendly hike due to the scrambles toward the top. Road is clear. Be back in late summer.

skiing
2 months ago

Great tour to the saddle area below the peak. Road is open a good amount, with about 1/2-3/4 of mile to hike until you can skin for the rest of the time. Views at the top were stunning. Skiing was quality with good corn, it got soft by about noon.

11 months ago

Great trail. Scrambles, forest walks, and summit! This was not hard at all. All the steep uphill trekking is almost immediately met with flat meadows. Not the easiest but certainly not hard. The road up was filled w pot holes and washouts but if U take your time, almost any car will make it.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Practically perfect in every way.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

We had great weather. Easy trail for the first mile or two. Take a right at the poorly marked trail to loop back up to the peak. There begins the grunt. Great spot for lunch.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This is an awesome hike.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Definitely one of my favorites, the change in environment is consistent from dense forests to nothing but straight rock (fist sized gravel) that you climb through the last bit till you reach summit. Full panorama view of all mountain ranges from every direction. True mystic!

Monday, October 03, 2016

It was a great hike! Loved it would defiantly recommend anyone doing this.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Worth it

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 27th, 2016: Trail head was HARD to find. Three other hikers came back that I passed. Fortunately, one took my offer to come along. We ended up finding the SMALL rock design, and somehow, never really followed the actual trail while ascending. Today was pretty hot, but not as hot as when I did Mailbox about 3-4 weeks ago. Due to the trail not being used much this season, it was difficult to stay on path. On the way down, we were able to follow it much better. Enough snow to glissade for 20-30 feet in parts, but without needing ice axes or crampons.

LOTS of loose rocks at the top...especially the smaller ones. Parts of the rock trail were definitely not for the super afraid of heights.

In my opinion, this view was the best overall I've seen in climbing Mailbox, Granite mtn, and now Silver Peak since moving to the area in late April this year.

Overall, I liked this trail, but ironically, I wasn't as aerobically tired as from Mailbox or Granite. Still definitely worth all of it. I've tried to put good pictures on the trail page/site.

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