Puzzlr and I teamed up for a hike of this old lookout peak on the south side of Snoqualmie Pass. In summer one can nearly drive to the top on forest roads, but we decided to combine MeadowMtn with a visit to Stirrup Lake for a longer hike. We followed directions from Whitebark's site to get to the trailhead.
We contemplated talking the old trail down the north side of the mountain to the PCT and making a loop, but it looked like we would be adding on quite a bit of distance. We returned the way we came but walked the road to the PCT crossing taking it about 1/4 mile back to the Stirrup Lake Trail.
Old PCT sign.
Back to the car. We didn't park at the actual trailhead due to a lingering snowbank.
How far is the trailhead from where you parked? I am thinking about going up there this weekend or next.
The trailhead is about 100 yards from where we parked. The sign was laying flat on the ground when we arrived since the post was rotted off at the bottom. If you have a spare piece if wire, it could be wrapped around the post and that tree to hold it up. There are no other signs identifying this trail besides the little one at the PCT crossing and I don't think it gets much use at all from the looks of it.
Isn't the summit within the City of Tacoma watershed ?
We saw Ceder River watershed signs while ascending the SW ridge but the summit is right on the border and is not in the watershed. We didn't have to set foot in the watershed to make the ascent as signs marking it were just below the summit. Kind of like Tinkham or Abiel in that way.
Photos from the other camera on the trip, mostly non repeats. Thanks to Richard for planning the whole trip, I just went along for the ride. The mostly road-walk peak was perfect for me because I'm healing from elective surgery on my hand to straighten out two fingers with Duputryn's contracture. That's why there's a colorful brace on my hand. No ice axe or scrambling allowed!
Nearing the end of Upper Snow Creek Road. Is this really driveable in summer?
Cedar River Watershed boundary. We stayed on this side of it.
Approaching the summit ridge
MeadowMountain summit ridge from the lookout site. The high point is at the other end
Walking the summit ridge to the high point
As far as land ownership, here's our route superimposed on King County tax payer info. The parcel line near our summit ridge climb must be off because we were clearly on the right side of the Cedar River Watershed line based on the signage. The Green River Watershed must be managed differently because those tax parcels are not owned by Tacoma the way the Cedar River land is owned by Seattle.
The old trail north from MeadowMountain is completely gone in the clearcut areas - I looked for it some time ago. It would be interesting to see how much of the trail exists in the higher areas out of the clearcut zones. A remnant of the trail is still visible on the crest of MeadowMtn.
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