Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Snoqualmie Pass with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I did small potion only 13 mile of the trail , it was great weather today 10/21/18 and fantastic view

Just checked this trail today. As some have mentioned, the road to get to the trail is pretty brutal. I have a Jeep and I hit a few very iffy spots. Once you are there the parking is sufficient for about 10-12 vehicles. No facilities nearby.

The trail is in good shape, well maintained, with minimal roots. The bookends of the hike are rocky, but not bad at all. I experienced minimal bugs and people. It was just me and my little 9lb dog and we made it to the peak in about an hour and made it back down in about 45 minutes.

The peak is a sight to behold! Amazing 180 mountain views on a clear day. To get up to the peak there is a cable wire to use, which came in handy! We sat up there for about 30 minutes, had a nice lunch, and prepared for the climb down.

This is easily one of my new favorites for a shorter, moderate hike!

Random note: as we hit about the halfway point I regained cellphone service (AT&T) and the signal grew stronger the higher we went. Which is always nice if there is an emergency.

Trail was in great condition. Brushy towards the summit

Fun hike! Not hard if you pace yourself. Once at the ridge its an easy cruize to the scramble, which is loads of fun with the cable to help. View was mist today, so coming back when there is sun.

Road has some very rough patches, suv highly recommended, if not required.

This was pretty good. Definitely strenuous (legs burning today and I don't think I'm in terrible shape). The hike up was worth it and pretty with lots of interesting fall colors, mosses and views throughout. The view from the top was not totally mind-boggling but was interesting and ultimately worth it.

2 months ago

Great challenge for an out of shape hiker! NOT 2.6!! It was about 2.6 for one way! Lots of people seem to think it’s super short but it is definitely about 5 miles round trip.

Beautiful hike. Pretty quick hike, but you’ll definitely get a good workout in. Amazing view from the top. Lots of smoke because of wildfires at this time.

First of al, if you follow the recording provided by this trail information (the loopI), you won’t find the peak. And do remember to drive up counter-clock wise, until you see the trail entrance to your left that is off the road. We hiked this trail by following the recording a loop but couldn’t see the trail head, then turn back to by following the cold creek trial said by the recording. But it was not worthy to came back that way. The cold creek trail was totally over grown.

Next time we would just drive up the road until we see the entrance then walk up and pass the PCT sign then come down the same way. When we got up and saw the sign of PCT trail, my husband just gave up and wanted to get down, but it was definitely a mistake. For the scene, I would definitely try again next time.

I hiked southbound July 13th in two days. Started at 6 a.m. and set up camp at Deep Lake around 6 p.m. Decided last minute to take the Goldmyer Alternate route and finished up at Alpental late in the evening in day 2.

I do this Section a couple of times each year and am amazed at the great condition of the trail. A great big thank you to all those volunteers that do the hard work keeping the PCT safe and in good condition.

This was the earliest I have done this section and the snow was present in many areas, but very manageable. I also tend to camp at Deep Lake each time out and tolerate the mosquitoes. Lot’s of bug spray and am thinking of passing by next time to avoid them.

Great couple of days of solitude. Just what I needed.

Very scenic trail, went before 8 am and there was not another person on the trail heading up. This was a nice change of pace from the trails around Seattle. Prepare for an elevation gain of roughly 1000’ in the first 1.5 miles. Levels off steadily after that. There are small falls and a stream adjacent to the path after mile 1.5. Turned around at mile 3 so I can’t review anything beyond that. Be careful of the road to the trailhead, overgrown brush left the car with some brand new scratches.

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.

3 months ago

I solo hiked this section going SOBO in early July. With luck I had amazing weather each day, but still had to cross several snow fields even in July. This section offered lots of ups and downs with many switchbacks, scree with several stream ford crossings.

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!

Attempted a SOBO training hike this past weekend and had to turn back despite my spikes. Hopefully the sun this week will help

Four of us departed our meeting place in the Eastside in my Subaru Forester at 8 am. The 1.5 mile road (FR4308-120) to the trailhead was really rough but we arrived safely at the trailhead just after 10 am. Another party in a Subaru Forester arrived shortly after us.

The first part of the trail is a meadow full of wildflowers. We reached Kachess Ridge trail in 1.3 miles with 1000 feet of elevation. Here we turned north on Kachess Ridge Trail. Two young men who passed us went south on Kachess Ridge Trail by mistake and had to turn around to get to Thorp Mountain.

Kachess Ridge Trail is in a forest and cool. At 2 miles from the trailhead we reached a junction to Thorp Mountain Trail. The Thorp Mountain Trail is steep and there were some snow patches we had to walk around.

We arrived at the lookout cabin just after 12 pm. The cabin was locked. We had lunch on the deck on the north side of the cabin where it was in the shade. A swarm of mosquitoes bothered us while we were having lunch. After we finished our lunch two young men arrived and explained what happened. We enjoyed the views from the summit and took a lot of pictures. Then we went down the way we came. We passed three more people on the way down. There were four cars at the trailhead including ours. All cars were high clearance all wheel drive vehicles.

This hike was first time for four of us and we were very satisfied with the views of mountains and wildflowers.

5 months ago

Very thick snow on the trail, especially close to the summit. It was very slippery and hard to climb for the last few hundred yards because of all the snow covered slopes. The view was spectacular.

5 months ago

Still a LOT of snow on the trail. 2-4 feet deep in most places. Impossible to see the trail majority of the time. Got off track many times and had to refer back to map and GPS. Round trip took 3.5 hrs and 4 miles because of the snow! Nobody else on the trail and the summit is always breathtaking.

11 months ago

Drove as far as we could on my truck. Almost got stuck but it was a long hike to the trailhead on the right of the road. You can’t see the trailhead sign from the road but once you walk up the trail a little it will say Mt. Catherine. Trail was hard to follow but made it to the top to a great view. It ended up taking about three hours up to the top. And an hour down.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fresh snow for an excellent first snowshoe of the season! Short distance (made longer by having to park 1.5 miles from trailhead) but a healthy angle made for a glute-slayer in snowshoes. The fire road there is riddled with pot holes and snow so my Outback didn’t make it to the trailhead — snow tires or chains recommended. Caught a quick glimpse of a spectacular view and blue skies at the top though!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Best hike ever!! It was so perfect and the way the clouds shifted we were able to stay up there for hours because the scene would be always changing. The hike was pretty easy just when I went there was a lot of slush and snow and so it was slippery and wet.

Monday, October 02, 2017

This hike is just before the Silver Peak trailhead. Nice short hike, good views at the top, light traffic

on Mount Catherine (#1348)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I did this hike on a foggy, drippy day. After getting very lost driving to the trailhead, the trail was pretty easy, but I couldn't see any views at the top. Definitely go on a clear day. It isn't worth the drive if you can't see the top - even though it was a pleasant hike. ...I'll do it again someday since the climb was nice.

a lot of up and down along this trail. We did it backwards but it was a great hike.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

9/7/2017 (Thursday) -- A sunny, mild day, but densely smoky, 68-72F, no view, no traffic. Very difficult and dangerous drive to/from the TH. The trail is in good condition, not rocky, not rooty, not muddy, gently grade, short distance. Only several steep steps up to the top.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Saturday 9-2-2017: My wife and I hiked to Mt. Catherine. There were about 10 cars at the trailhead when we arrived at around 10:30 am. We parked right next to the trailhead. It took us an hour to get to the summit. The temperature was around 80 degrees F. We were glad that the trail was mostly shaded. It was fun to use the cable on the last short steep climb to the summit. There were six other people on the summit. Mount Rainier was visible. Good reward for a short hike. It took us 50 minutes to get back to our car. It was 85 F when we returned to our car.

72 miles in 4 days!!!

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).

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Road up is very rough. Trail is in good condition. The summit is a little airy so not a good place to bring up young kids without heavy supervision. Views are great. This used to be a little known trail but despite the very rough road this trail is now very popular on weekend. Nice lighter hike.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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