Avalanche Mountain via Snow Lake trail (attempted)
I parked at Alpental and took trail 1013 (Snow Lake trail) to the pass just south of Snow Lake. At the pass I left the trail and followed a bootpath east on the ridge. I was planning to go to point 5,200+ on the ridge and then go north on another ridge to Avalanche Mountain. But at around 4,975' the ridge became very rocky and steep so I turned around. (Maybe I could have contoured below it, at the time the rainy and foggy conditions didn't let me see low enough to tell.)
On to plan B.
I returned to the trail at the pass and followed the trail to the low, broad ridge that runs east from Snow Lake to Avalanche Mountain. I pushed through tolerable amounts of huckleberry bushes on this ridge until I reached the base of Avalanche Mountain. Inexplicably, I turned around here and took the ridge back to Snow Lake.
On the way home I took the Source Lake loop trail, it has great views of Bryant Peak, The Tooth, and friends.
approx. 2,260 feet
Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, Alpine Lakes Wilderness
The Northwest Peakbaggers Asylum
6 hours 27 minutes
5 minutes driving there from Lower Queen Anne to Larry's Market
15 minutes driving there from Larry's Market to I-90 and I-405
43 minutes driving there from I-90 and I-405 to Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental)
1 hour 2 minutes ascending from Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental) to pass S of Snow Lake
54 minutes ascending from pass S of Snow Lake to unpassable section of ridge
20 minutes ascending from unpassable section of ridge to pass S of Snow Lake
27 minutes ascending from pass S of Snow Lake to turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake
39 minutes ascending from turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake to base of Avalanche Mountain
49 minutes descending from base of Avalanche Mountain to turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake
1 hour 37 minutes descending from turn off trail onto flat ridge E of Snow Lake to Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental)
57 minutes driving back from Snow Lake trailhead (Alpental) to Lower Queen Anne
Avalanche Mountain, just visible from Snow Lake trail
Impassable section of ridge east of trail
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.