Glacier Peak Wilderness: Poe Mountain via Poet Ridge

This 2.5-mile climb up huckleberry hillsides and a fir-dotted ridgetop leads to expansive views of Glacier Peak Wilderness from the top of Poe Mountain.
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This 2.5-mile climb up huckleberry hillsides and a fir-dotted ridgetop leads to expansive views of Glacier Peak Wilderness from the top of Poe Mountain.

This 5-miler starts out gently on an abandoned road lined with deerbrush and alder trees, then climbs through an old, clear-cut area. Pass huckleberries, hummingbirds, and seasonal wildflowers before heading into a deep fir forest. After 1.8 miles, the route swings to the northwest near Irving Pass and travels along the spine of Poet Ridge (Wenatchee Ridge on USGS topo maps). Watch for views of the White and Chiwawa mountains that start to appear along the ridge after 0.5 mile. (In the fall, you'll find huckleberries and stunning, crimson-colored hillsides.) At mile 2.3, bear right at an unsigned junction for the final 750-foot stretch to the top of Poe Mountain.
-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.1

Waypoints

POE001

Location: 47.8952866, -121.0359802

Before the hike, look south and west for incredible views overlooking the Little Wenatchee River valley toward Nason Ridge. Next, head north for a gentle climb on a long abandoned old road; pass deerbrush and alder trees.

POE002

Location: 47.8961563, -121.0351028

The trail takes an obvious left turn off the road bed and heads up the slope through an old clear-cut area. Huckleberries, hummingbirds, and wildflowers thrive in this open terrain. In a few hundred yards, head into deep forest of old firs.

POE003

Location: 47.8998947, -121.034584

Irving Pass: Turn left @ 3-way, heading northwest. Follow trail through dense forest for a steep climb up the hillside.

POE004

Location: 47.9007607, -121.0368195

Hike northwest; the terrain levels along Poet Ridge (Wenatchee Ridge on USGS topo maps). Seasonal wildflowers flourish as the forest opens along the ridge.

POE005

Location: 47.9017372, -121.040741

Stay left @ unsigned Y-junction to remain on the ridgeline trail; a faint boot path drops off the ridge on the right.

POE006

Location: 47.9041519, -121.0449982

Ridgetop views start to appear to the northeast toward the White Mountains and Chiwawa Mountains and to the southwest toward Grizzly Peak.

POE007

Location: 47.9073486, -121.0502853

Photo op: Snap shots of Mount David to the northeast and the Panther Creek valley to the east. Continue hiking northwest through open meadows speckled with seasonal wildflowers (in the fall, you'll find huckleberries and stunning, crimson-colored hillsides).

POE008

Location: 47.911747, -121.056633

Stay left @ unsigned Y-junction. Trail descends slightly through a lush gully (filled with glacier lilies in July).

POE009

Location: 47.9142494, -121.0611267

Bear right @ unsigned junction for the final 750-foot stretch to the top of Poe Mountain, a former lookout site.

POE010

Location: 47.9159737, -121.0621796

Poe Mountain: A sea of peaks surrounds this 6,015-foot summit. To the north and northeast, look for Longfellow, Bryant, Whittier peaks, and snowcapped Rainier in the distant southwest. Retrace your route.

Fall Colors on Poet Ridge

Location: 47.8998947, -121.0345001

Fall Colors on Poet Ridge

Location: 47.8998948, -121.0345002

Fall Colors on Poet Ridge

POE001

Location: 47.8952865, -121.0359802

Before the hike, look south and west for incredible views overlooking the Little Wenatchee River valley toward Nason Ridge. Next, head north for a gentle climb on a long abandoned old road; pass deerbrush and alder trees.

POE002

Location: 47.8961563, -121.0351028

The trail takes an obvious left turn off the road bed and heads up the slope through an old clear-cut area. Huckleberries, hummingbirds, and wildflowers thrive in this open terrain. In a few hundred yards, head into deep forest of old firs.

POE003

Location: 47.8998948, -121.0345841

Irving Pass: Turn left @ 3-way, heading northwest. Follow trail through dense forest for a steep climb up the hillside.

POE004

Location: 47.9007607, -121.0368194

Hike northwest; the terrain levels along Poet Ridge (Wenatchee Ridge on USGS topo maps). Seasonal wildflowers flourish as the forest opens along the ridge.

POE005

Location: 47.9017372, -121.040741

Stay left @ unsigned Y-junction to remain on the ridgeline trail; a faint boot path drops off the ridge on the right.

POE006

Location: 47.9041519, -121.0449982

Ridgetop views start to appear to the northeast toward the White Mountains and Chiwawa Mountains and to the southwest toward Grizzly Peak.

POE007

Location: 47.9073486, -121.0502854

Photo op: Snap shots of Mount David to the northeast and the Panther Creek valley to the east. Continue hiking northwest through open meadows speckled with seasonal wildflowers (in the fall, youâ??ll find huckleberries and stunning, crimson-colored hillsides).

POE008

Location: 47.911747, -121.056633

Stay left @ unsigned Y-junction. Trail descends slightly through a lush gully (filled with glacier lilies in July).

POE009

Location: 47.9142494, -121.0611267

Bear right @ unsigned junction for the final 750-foot stretch to the top of Poe Mountain, a former lookout site.

POE010

Location: 47.9159737, -121.0621796

Poe Mountain: A sea of peaks surrounds this 6,015-foot summit. To the north and northeast, look for Longfellow, Bryant, Whittier peaks, and snowcapped Rainier in the distant southwest. Retrace your route.