Solomon Mountain via Scatter Creek
Our Mountaineers party parked across the street from the Scatter Creek Trailhead. The trailhead is marked by a sign on the east side of the road, we missed the sign on our first pass.
We headed up the Scatter Creek trail. We went left (NE) at the intersection of trails #1328 and #1226.2. After this point the trail became more faint and often faded out entirely in the meadows. We followed the trail to Scatter Creek Pass (AKA Fish Eagle Pass?), the 6,160'+ pass between Scatter Peaks and Solomon Mountain. These trails are shown correctly in current Greentrails maps, but aren't shown on The Cradle USGS quad and are apparently incorrectly shown on National Geographic Topo! maps.
From the pass we went NW up the ridge, often dropping to the west side and eventually staying on the west side until we reached the summit.
The summit was roomy and had an infrequently-signed Mountaineers summit register. There were excellent views of the Snoqualmie Range from Three Queens to Bears Brest. Also visible were Mount Daniel, Granite Mountain (The Cradle quad), The Citadel, The Cradle, Cashmere Mountain, Mount Stuart, Argonaut Peak, Ingalls Peak, Hawkins Mountain, Goat Mountain (Davis Peak quad), etc. I haven't enjoyed peak identification this much for while, I was glad I brought the four surrounding Greentrail maps to help identify all the peaks.
approx. 3,640 feet
The Cradle, Jack Ridge
Cle Elum River Area
7 hours 39 minutes
25 minutes driving there from Lower Queen Anne to Preston Park and Ride
2 hours 1 minute driving there from Preston Park and Ride to Scatter Creek trailhead
2 hours 53 minutes ascending from Scatter Creek trailhead to Scatter Creek Pass
1 hour 3 minutes ascending from Scatter Creek Pass to summit of Solomon Mountain
2 hours 40 minutes descending from summit of Solomon Mountain to Scatter Creek trailhead
1 hour 57 minutes driving back from Scatter Creek trailhead to Preston Park and Ride
32 minutes driving back from Preston Park and Ride to Lower Queen Anne
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.