On the evening of 5/11/10 I hiked to the top of StimsonHill. I left the gated logging road at about 6:30pm thinking it wouldn't take very long to get to the summit. Being my first time up to this highpoint, I wasn't sure what to expect. Per google earth, I knew that it was roughly 3.5 miles to the summit and about 2,600' of elevation gain. So I knew it would be a decent incline, and thats exactly what it was. The logging road goes up and then it just keeps going up.
This would be a good hike for conditioning and training. Most of the hike is through forested areas with lots of ferns and typical undergrowth. You can look back in some spots and start to see views of the Puget Sound as you rise quickly in elevation. The hike gains elevation (2,600’) the whole way up to the summit.
There's a whole USGS quad named after this highpoint. StimsonHill rises to 2,892’ with an impressive prominence of 1,852’. In fact, Stimson makes it into Washington States top 200 peaks by prominence.
It took me about 1.5 hours to get to the top. This was stoping here and there to look at the flowers and what not.
Once you reach the true summit the views are great looking down on Arlington and out into the Puget Sound. When I reached the summit it was a bit clouded and getting late, which limited some of the views. You can hike from here to other highpoints to see amazing views of Three Fingers, Whitehorse, Big Deer Peak and other peaks in the local area. Some of the viewpoints will require some bushwhacking through Alders, Cascara and Willows.
One of the highpoints had some pretty cool looking rocks that you could climb in the timber. However there weren't any views from this spot.
The sunset views were... well, pretty dang sexy.
Coming back down you look out over the town of Arlington. There sure was more lights then I would have ever of thought. Kind of sweet to look over the town from this vantage point.
Round Trip is approximately 7 Miles. If you search around for viewpoints like I did, mileage could be added to this figure. Total elevation gain to the Summit is 2,600’.
Take Highway 9 north out of Arlington to Bryant. Turn east (Right) on Grandview Road for 4.6 miles, then north (left) on Cedarvale Road. A little over a mile you will come to a right corner in the road and will pass over rock creek drainage, immediately to your left you will see a yellow gate. Park here, but make sure not to block the gate.
I discovered this one via an old Footloose 3 book and went up solo one morning 2-3 months ago. It was lovely - even the family of ATV people weren't around me enough to disturb the peace for long. I'll have to get some people together for a sunset trip up there sometime - looks gorgeous. I assume it's an active road weekdays? Probably we wouldn't want to get there before 5?
Highwalker's Daughter- I did notice some ATV tracks up there, but I don't think they can get around the lower gate. There are a couple homes in the area that might have a back trail access... It really is a good evening hike for sunsets.
Hikingqueen- I love sunrises too!!! How about sunsets, you like those?
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