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Tinkham Peak (Tinkham East Boot) Trail

HARD 31 reviews

Tinkham Peak (Tinkham East Boot) Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,830 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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camping

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nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

river

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wild flowers

muddy

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

this makes a great day scramble loop route from mirror lake. Find the steep trail up the ridge from the South outlet of the lake and follow it up to the great views on the east peak. Scramble across the ridge crest to the airy west peak, then carefully pick your way down the west scramble to the treeline and meet the trail coming up from the silver/abiel saddle. head down the silver peak trail to the PCT and turn right past pretty little tarns for a couple of miles back to Mirror lake. A moderate fun loop for those who don't mind a little exposure along the west side.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Went Tinkham to Silver Peak via an unmaintained trail that follows a trespassing barrier. It was steep but we got another Peak in (Aible?). Overall it was great to have a high cloud ceiling. We got incredible views but we definitely worked for them.

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rocky
5 months ago

Did this hike in early August on a clear, sunny day as an add on to cottonwood lake and mirror lake. Agree with other posters that the trailhead for Tinkham is not clearly marked and it does get confusing heading up. The incline is insane, and you do have to scramble at some points. However, the views are epic and 100% worth the effort. We had a majestic view of Mt. Rainier. Beware of bugs - lots of mosquitos and horseflies greeted us the higher we ascended.

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5 months ago

This trail is lovely—great views near the top. I definitely got some vertigo up there in the very steep sections that were a bit of a scramble and didn’t go all the way to the peak. Pay careful attention to the trail on the way up. I found it difficult to find some sections of the trail on the way down and did a bit of bushwhacking.

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bugs
rocky
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Loved this hike! Amazing views along the way. Trail was a little hard to find off mirror lake. We created a new marker to identify the steep hike up. It was dry today which made it perfect hiking conditions. This hike would not be good in the rain due to the steepness of the trail and rocks.

hiking
Mon Oct 22 2018

Fun easy scramble, be back soon

Tue Oct 16 2018

Can be difficult to find and stay on the trail once you’re past the lake, but it’s worth the time and effort to make it to the top. Beautiful views at the top on a clear day! The trail is very steep, but idk if I’d rate this trail as hard.

hiking
Thu Aug 17 2017

Finally made it and it is spectacular !!! Once you go all the way around the lake cross outflow/spillway and when u see a gully to the left, head that way... just before u cliff-out, look right and u will see the path. Steep climbs are broke-up with somewhat easy meadow walks. Once you find the path it's pretty easy to follow… I honestly had a much harder time coming down… once at the top you can easily find the path to the west(if you are doing the loop). As of today August 16, I really did not have any problems with bugs... but plenty of hornet nest to avoid. Pro tip: if you're running low on water, fill up at lake. There are no water sources beyond that on this boot path. At least not in late summer. Be safe... leave no trace.... have fun!

Mon Sep 12 2016

Great hike, the last climb is a butt kicker. Be careful coming down.

hiking
Sun Jul 03 2016

Directions to the trailhead on the iPhone are poor; the road is pretty sketchy and I had to finally back up and go to Lost Lake to reach the start. The initial trail to Mirror Lake has several streams crossing it so there is mud. A particular spot between Cottonwood Lake and Mirror Lake has some stumps to help you across a nasty pitch of black mud. Beware the slick beveled stump. I bit it there on the way back and stunk of muck. The trail up Tinkham is hard to find at Mirror Lake. I ended up scrambling up a rock fall, inching along a small ledge when the climb became a class 5 affair, and eventually had to do the class 5 climb because I had nowhere else to go but up. As I topped over the ridge suddenly I found the trail. I figured I'd find the trailhead on the way out but unfortunately lost the trail again and ended up sliding down the mountain (I called it glissading on debris) to Mirror Lake on the way out. The climb to Tinkham on trail is steady to the saddle, then eases a bit before the final steep push. Getting to the very highest point on the peak takes a scramble over some exposed rock. I suspect the views are glorious. I went yesterday morning and had wonderful views of clouds and mist.

hiking
Sun Sep 20 2015

From beginning, this trail is basically like a regular hike to Mirror Lake, and starts from the same trailhead. When you pass around the Mirror Lake and begin hike on actual Tinkham East Boot trail, it becomes steep and elevates very fast. Actually, you gain above 1000 ft in less than a mile, so this is a demanding part of trail. But, the view you get on the top of Tinkham Peak definitely worth your efforts.

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