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PostWed Oct 18, 2006 1:57 pm 
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A fine new hike along the I-90 corridor, recently opened. Actually reopened, as the North Ridge was the original route used to get to Mount Washington. To get to the North Ridge, follow the standard trail past the Owl Hike Vista to the major junction at 2900'. Here, follow any signage and instructions you see, going right at the junction instead of left (the standard route up). Volunteers have done incredible work brushing out the road/trail that leads up into the upper basin of Washington Creek. The actual North Ridge trail is steep and involves a few tricky steps up rock ledges.  Otherwise, it's a fun scramble.  The views should be great from here, but I climbed the route in clouds and didn't get to see anything.  At 4000 feet the scramble ends at the side of an old logging road, which you follow until you rejoin the Standard"Great Wall" route at a junction with another larger road. The final 200' climb to the summit proceeds as usual.

Another nice thing about Mt Washington is that it gets much less use than Mt Si or Mailbox Peak. Snowshoeing is supposed to be good here, too, at higher elevations (I haven't tried it but talked to people who have).

The climb to Mt Washington via the N Ridge is fun, highly recommended--a great new addition to the stock of close-to-seattle hikes.
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PostWed Oct 18, 2006 7:07 pm 
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Thank you, Whitebark.  I must try this!

When residing at Mercer Island, it was such a quick trip to State Park parking lot (up stream of Twin Falls).  Explored some of the lower route and hoped to do more in the future.  Well, the future is here!  Now!

Can two biggish dogs make the trip up and over the "rough spots"?  I keep my two on 4 foot leads.  We had some trouble on the slab going up to Glacier Basin in 2005...had to help pups down so they would not get injured.  One pup broke a nail; it bled and required a visit to the vet.

Saturday, we made our 2nd visit of 2006 to Rattlesnake Ridge, TH just off I-90.  The fog parted just as we reached a high point on one of the logging roads and a view that was great, excepting the reason the view was there at all, power transmission line clearcuts.  Quite a few glorious vine maples colonizing the "transmission" corridor.

Of disappointment and note:  a road has been cut, running off the regularly used road. That old gravel road bed serves power lines and the water tank and continues upward to recent and old clearcuts.  The new road starts across from the east gate to the water tank and contours, heading east.  It may head toward North Bend and a housing development.  It is too soon to walk it...well, I suppose one could.  It has been graded but appears not yet ready for any drivers.

What a shame...it was near here I have seen bear not far from the Snoqualmie City Park...which is undergoing "improvements".

Happy Trails!
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PostWed Oct 18, 2006 9:08 pm 
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Thanks for the info.  Are there any maps or guidebooks to describe the trails on Mt Washington?

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PostThu Oct 19, 2006 12:04 pm 
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Sabahsboy wrote:


Can two biggish dogs make the trip up and over the "rough spots"?  I keep my two on 4 foot leads.  We had some trouble on the slab going up to Glacier Basin in 2005...had to help pups down so they would not get injured.  One pup broke a nail; it bled and required a visit to the vet.


Happy Trails!

I think that dogs could do the N ridge (which is 2 miles shorter than the standard route, by the way)
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PostThu Oct 19, 2006 12:08 pm 
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c4jc88 wrote:
Thanks for the info.  Are there any maps or guidebooks to describe the trails on Mt Washington?

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Jason

The Green Trails map (Snoqualmie Pass gateway peaks #206s) covering this area shows the Mt Washington hike , except for the N ridge path, which is too new. This map is well worth getting. The "Winter Walks and Hikes" guidebook (Mountaineers) I think also has info on Mt Washington.
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PostThu Oct 19, 2006 2:26 pm 
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Thank for the information about a "new" route up Mt Washington. Using the information provided I have guessed at the track of the new route shown here:

NEW-MOUNT-WASHINGTON-TRAIL
NEW-MOUNT-WASHINGTON-TRAIL
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PostThu Oct 19, 2006 10:37 pm 
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Hmmm - nice, but I think it's still shorter to bushwhack straight-aways to the north ridge, then follow the bootpath up from there.  New path might make a nice descent route, though.

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PostFri Oct 20, 2006 3:24 pm 
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Went up to check this out today. The map Rodman posted is incorrect. The path pretty much follows the scramble route mentioned by Mark.  After passing Owl Point you continue strait and cross the creek and follow old roads under the pinnacles and recross the creek up to a shallow pond then another old road intersects the ridge. These roads used to be choked with brush and were effectively impassable. One on the ridge you follow the old scramble path which has seen some clearing but still contained mossy boulders and steep dirt. Soon you intersect the spur high on the ridge which can be followed to the main road then up the path on the South ridge. This trail eliminates a steep dirt devilclub section. I will post a map later.

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PostFri Oct 20, 2006 4:44 pm 
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rodman wrote:
Thank for the information about a "new" route up Mt Washington. Using the information provided I have guessed at the track of the new route shown here:

yep, this map is not correct on the location of the N Ridge route.

NEW-MOUNT-WASHINGTON-TRAIL
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PostFri Oct 20, 2006 5:07 pm 
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Here is the corrected map with abandoned roads in Red Old Trail Green and New Trail in Yellow. Incidently there are maps at the junction.

New Mount Wasington Trail
New Mount Wasington Trail

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