Green Mountain via logging road (Middle Fork Snoqualmie)
I parked at Mount Teneriffe Trailhead and bicycled the CCC Road-Trail to the Green Mountain
trail head. I locked my bike to a tree a quarter mile up the trail and
continued hiking up Green Mountain. At 2,900 ft I took the west fork of
the trail, about half a mile later (shortly after passing a window cut
in the trees on the left) the road/trail looked like it dead ended but
I skirted around to the right and the road/trail started up again.
Soon after that the trail markers go left off the road/trail into the
forest, I followed the markers off the road/trail. After this point
there was no trail, I just followed the orange trail markers through
the trees and brush. After following the markers for half a mile or so
I broke out into the bottom of a rock field. The ridge leading to the
peak was dead ahead, there were mountain goats up on the side of the
rocky ridge, one adult and three children. I followed the rock field
west to the side of the saddle and made an easy climb to the top of a
4,640 ft peak, the second peak on the ridge south west of Green Mountain.
I had lunch in this perfect spot and admired the 300 degree view.
After taking lunch I headed back down, on my way down I wondered why I
didn't try forging on to the peak of Green Mountain, I probably would have
tried it if I hadn't been hiking alone.
There wasn't much of a view until I got to the rock field, until that
point I found it a dull hike through a recovering forest. After the
rock field it gets beautiful, lots of bear grass and ferns and open
space. It was a beautiful Sunday and I only saw two people (headed
for Absolute Last Promontory) the whole day.
Mount Teneriffe trail head to Green Mountain trail head: 50 min.
Green Mountain trail head to 4,640 ft peak: 3.25 hours.
back to Green Mountain trail head: 2 hours.
back to Mount Teneriffe trail head: 25 min.
Mosquitoes in rock field: countless and hungry.
Elevation gain: 3,685 ft.
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