Glacier Peak Wilderness: Poe Mountain via Little Wenatchee River Trail

This dayhike quickly gains 3,000 feet in 2.5 miles and ends on top of a summit where mountain views extend in every direction.
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This dayhike quickly gains 3,000 feet in 2.5 miles and ends on top of a summit where mountain views extend in every direction.

Mapped by Alan Bauer

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.0

Waypoints

PMT001

Location: 47.918155670166, -121.087303161621

Hike N for steady climb on Little Wenatchee River Trail

PMT002

Location: 47.9194602966309, -121.086334228516

Turn R @ marked 3-way onto Poe Mountain Trail 1520 (pay attention—trail sign on L is easy to miss); begin E ascent

PMT003

Location: 47.9158515930176, -121.078407287598

Switchback N on path speckled with seasonal wildflowers; pine-fir forest thins

PMT004

Location: 47.9176139831543, -121.076126098633

Continue relentless climb; W and NW views of Cady Creek Valley and Cady Ridge fade in and out between trees

PMT005

Location: 47.9187240600586, -121.070960998535

Trail swings R, heading S into thick fir forest

PMT006

Location: 47.9156112670898, -121.066070556641

Take a breather at this scenic spot; Glacier Pk. creates a dramatic NNW backdrop (more than a dozen glaciers cover the slopes of this volcano); continue E

PMT007

Location: 47.9157867431641, -121.065017700195

Go R (SE) @ unsigned 3-way for traverse of Poe Mtn.'s SW slopes (trail to N leads to Poet Ridge, linking Poe & Longfellow Mtns.)

PMT008

Location: 47.9142913818359, -121.061111450195

Turn sharp L on saddle; head NW for final half-mile push to summit

PMT009

Location: 47.9162330627441, -121.062889099121

Bear R @ unsigned 3-way for ascent NE. In 150
ft., R on ridge, going S

PMT010

Location: 47.9160232543945, -121.062355041504

Poe Mtn.: A sea of peaks surrounds this 6,015-ft. summit. To N and NE, see Longfellow, Bryant, Whittier Pks., and snowcapped Rainier in the distant SW. Retrace route