Seattle, WA: Snowy Creek to Rock Mountain

This half-mad dayhike requires a stiff climb through overgrown brush, then rewards hikers with miles of wildflowers backdropped by alpine peaks.
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This half-mad dayhike requires a stiff climb through overgrown brush, then rewards hikers with miles of wildflowers backdropped by alpine peaks.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.8

Waypoints

SNW001

Location: 47.8077812, -120.9963913

Trail parallels road then turns S into forest

SNW002

Location: 47.8005981, -120.9992371

Hike into overgrown meadows of cow parsnip, bluebells, and bracken

SNW003

Location: 47.7967339, -121.0001068

Cross a branch of Snowy Creek coming in from the W--an easy rock-hop in mid-summer

SNW004

Location: 47.79459, -120.9997635

Stay straight, passing an unsigned junction and little-traveled trail on R

SNW005

Location: 47.7930489, -120.9925308

Cross Snowy Creek again (expect wet feet). Small falls upstream

SNW006

Location: 47.7930908, -120.9897079

The scenery improves in this meadow of rare and colorful wildflowers, including pink monkey flower, elephant head, bog orchids. Look up and see the ridge climb to Rock Mtn.

SNW007

Location: 47.7970428, -120.9857559

Plod up tight, steep switchbacks

SNW008

Location: 47.7986526, -120.9803848

Hit a switchback overlooking a deep massive avalanche gully that must roar with activity all winter. From here to the summit, it's one wildflower meadow after another

SNW009

Location: 47.7986908, -120.9794083

Your hard work begins to pay off as views of Mt. Daniel start coming into view to the S

SNW010

Location: 47.7966194, -120.973465

Once on ridge, glance down to Rock Lake. Turn L, possibly climbing past snow patches until late-July

SNW011

Location: 47.7997665, -120.974472

Rock Mtn. (6,852 ft.): Take in a bird's eye view of Glacier Peak Wilderness and White Mtns. Then tighten your boots for the 3,200-ft. descent back to trailhead