Moolock Mountain and South Bessemer Mountain via logging roads
I parked my car at the Bessemer CCC Road-Trail Trailhead on the Middle Fork Road.
I rode my mountain bike up the Bessemer Road Connector Trail, went right on the CCC Road-Trail, and went left up the Bessemer Road-Trail (the map showed this as being gated, but I didn't see one). (The Bessemer Road Connector Trail and the Bessemer Road-Trail are both so more traveled than the CCC Road-Trail that it would be easy to not notice when you join or leave the CCC Road-Trail.) I rode my bike up the Bessemer Road-Trail until the 5th switchback (around 2,220') and locked my bike to a tree.
From there I went on foot to the intersection of the Bessemer Road-trail and the logging road to Moolock Mountain (around 3,120'). After a couple miles this logging road was barricaded and on the other side of the barricade was a footpath lined with boulders, this footpath was pretty neat and it continued almost to the end of the road. After crossing the ESE ridge of Moolock Mountain there were half a dozen chairs made out of stumps (did the loggers make these and the boulder-lined path?). I continued on to the end of the logging road, just S of Moolock Mountain, and then fought brush up the small ridge to the top of Moolock Mountain. (I should have traversed W to the boulder field and ascended the side of the boulder field. Better yet, I should have ascended the way I descended.)
The summit is a large pile of boulders with a film cannister summit register under a cairn, the only other party that signed the register was in June, maybe because there is no pencil. At this point I was soaked, chilly, the wind was driving the sleet diagonal, and fog obscured all but my immediate vicinity, so I didn't see much of anything at the summit and was only left with an impression that the views would be good on a nice day.
Because of the rotten visibility I almost descended down the ridge that leads to the North Fork Snoqualmie, fortunately I checked my compass before heading down and avoided what could have been a very bad mistake. The ridge down was very nice old growth, through the fog I thought I saw old growth and meadow on the N side of the ridge (is it really?). I dropped S off the ridge to the road-trail when the old growth ended right before a boulder field. This is a much better way to ascend or descend than the way I made my ascent. (When ascending the turn off of the trail and up the ridge is marked by a cairn on the N side of the road-trail).
I descended to Kiss Your Ass Goodbye Pass (just NW of the borrow pit, a road not shown on the map connects the borrow pit and the pass) and went up South Bessemer Mountain. The summit of South Bessemer Mountain looks like the end of a gravel road.
I descended via the Bessemer Road-Trail, I wish I had taken my bike up to the Moolock Mountain turnoff and cut half an hour off of this wet descent. On the CCC Road-Trail I saw my only people for the day: a half-dozen crazy mountain bikers coming from the Middle Fork Road. What were they thinking biking on a rotten day like this?
approx. 5,034 feet
mountain bike, hike, and scramble
Mount Si, Lake Philippa
Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, North Fork Snoqualmie Drainage
7 hours 21 minutes
15 minutes driving from Lower Queen Anne to intersection of I-90 & I-405
26 minutes driving from intersection of I-90 & I-405 to Middle Fork Road
16 minutes driving from Middle Fork Road to Bessemer CCC Road-Trail Trailhead
21 minutes ascending via bicycle from Bessemer CCC Road-Trail Trailhead to Bessemer Road-Trail
35 minutes ascending via bicycle from Bessemer Road-Trail to the 5th switchback at 2,220' (right after Green Mountain turnoff)
39 minutes ascending from the 5th switchback at 2,220' (right after Green Mountain turnoff) to the turnoff to Moolock Mountain
2 hours 17 minutes ascending from the turnoff to Moolock Mountain to Moolock Mountain
1 hour 4 minutes descending from Moolock Mountain to Kiss Your Ass Goodbye Pass
50 minutes ascending from Kiss Your Ass Goodbye Pass to South Bessemer Mountain
44 minutes descending from South Bessemer Mountain to the turnoff to Moolock Mountain
24 minutes descending from the turnoff to Moolock Mountain to the 5th switchback at 2,220' (right after Green Mountain turnoff)
27 minutes descending via bicycle from the 5th switchback at 2,220' (right after Green Mountain turnoff) to Bessemer CCC Road-Trail Trailhead
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Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.