Tinkham Peak / Silver Peak Loop

MODERATE 23 reviews

Tinkham Peak / Silver Peak Loop is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.5 miles
1,837 feet

dog friendly


19 days ago

pretty hike with lots of shade. found the trailhead fairly easily but the sign is slightly off the road a bit so keeping an eye on your odometer for 3.5 miles off the exit ramp helped. while parts of the trail are heavily overgrown it's easy to see where the trail goes and.the overgrowth doesn't extend too terribly far each time. would definitely recommend wearing long pants and having some bug spray or some type of repellent because the mosquitos and other bugs swarmed as soon as you stopped. once you get to the PCT it's fairly easy hike and well signed. loved the large amounts of shade and to avoid hiking back to the car on the dusty gravel road, cut back to the trail (which added some more distance) but was much nicer.

1 month ago

My friend and I decided to do this loop yesterday. We missed the trail head (labelled "Cold Creek" off to the left), and started a few miles further up the road, just past the Mt. Catherine marker (1348). It was unclear to us that the gravel road is actually a significant part of the loop, so we got our wires crossed. There was one hairy part of the road that prevented most smaller cars from getting up the road. You need an SUV or something with clearance to get over this part.

Anyway, it definitely would have been helpful to have a working GPS map. We ended up starting the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. This part of the trail was fine.
Had we started where we were supposed to, I'm sure we would have quickly aborted. I say this because this is the section of trail we ended the hike with, and it was significantly overgrown with blackberry and raspberry bushes. Not well maintained at all. Several times we almost lost the trail before finding it again. This continues for almost two miles until you reach the junction to Mirror Lake. We did take a detour down that way, but there didn't seem to be any good lake access in the spots we were at (though we didn't search very far).

The rest of the trail was in good shape and not difficult. We didn't go to either of the peaks. I'd recommend doing just this part of it and skipping the full loop. That last part (i.e. the actual trail head entrance) really sucked. I even broke a pole it was so steep in places!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Trail quickly begins to ascend steeply, and you complete most of the climb in one go. It's a tough one! There are points where the trail is overgrown a bit, especially with wild raspberries. It's not hard to follow, though, and once you reach the Pacific Crest trail, the rest is a breeze. Great forest views with ridge lines in the distance. You don't actually reach a peak if you follow this route.

The last section of the trail is on the gravel forest road. You have some great visibility of the surrounding mountains, but it's a dusty trip back.

No snow when I went, and the bugs were there but not bad. The road is in good shape, and my compact handled it well. It was really quiet, even on the weekend. We only saw 4 other groups and 6 cars at the trailhead. Trail was dog friendly, although he had to climb over a lot of fallen trees (as do you).

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Still a lot of snow on PCT part of the trail

Sunday, July 05, 2015

07/02/2015 - Thursday - (see my previous review below) I returned with my hiking companions to do this hike earlier in the day to see the sun go down. We hiked to Silver Peak starting from the PCT intersection with FR9070 just past the Mt Catherine trailhead. There were more bugs on the trail this time, so be prepared. The top was stunning of course, but also windy and cold after a strenuous climb with sweaty clothes. Bring layers including a wind breaker and you'll be happy.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

06/23/2015 - Tuesday - I hiked to Silver Peak starting from the PCT intersection with FR9070 just past the Mt Catherine trailhead. The idea was to enjoy sunset at the top and eat. I needed another 45 minutes to do that and almost turned around numerous times because the sun was lower than I'd hoped. But, I kept going and made it to the top just before dusk. The trail is in great shape. There are some brief areas where it is a scramble, but overall the trail is well delineated and easily climbed with caution near the top. It was late enough in the day that bugs were not an issue. I came down by head lamp. I only passed three other hikers near the start of the hike, so the whole place was mine. Stunning views and well worth the trip.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Just did Silver Peak yesterday. It was beautiful at the top, and although there is definitely a scramble (which looks rather daunting from down below), it wasn't too bad. However, I would like to reiterate that the insects are really a problem. I slathered myself in mosquito repellant, and like another reviewer, still managed to get a bite on my finger. This morning, my finger is swollen and red, to the point where it is difficult to move. There are definitely some nasty bugs up there..

Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday 8-16-2014: I joined our group and hiked to Silver Peak from Pacific Crest Trail on FR9070. We followed the description on the WTA hiking guide. Wildflowers are blooming and blueberries are ripe for picking. The weather was partly cloudy. We did not have great views, but it was fun nonetheless. On the plus side it was not too hot. I took 1 liter of water and drank about 0.7 liter.
I read the warning about bugs so I applied bug repellant. However I was bitten on the back of my hand, where I didn’t apply repellant. It was probably a deer fly and my skin is red and swollen.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Trail is steep past twin lakes and is overgrown. Mosquito's were very bad all the way to the top of silver peak. The summit trail off PCT is marked with a Cairn and the wildflowers were amazing.

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