Mileage: 8 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 2300ft/4500ft
Map: Green Trails Stevens Pass No 176
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Cafe
This was my first hike today and this report is just for the first part of the trail to the log bridge over the creek before you start to climb up. The road to the TH is short with a few potholes. I was the first to get there this morning so the lot was empty. The trail is mostly snow covered when the wood steps start and you could put snow shoes on when the trail starts to hug the creek. Unlike a lot of trails, there were very few fallen trees. When I got to the log bridge, it was covered with layers of snow, crunchy on top and mushy underneath. My first few steps slid, so I backed out to put on my spikes. Too late, I slipped and fell into the creek anyway. Since I have a history with falling into water (waterfalls, in particular), I decided that was my sign to turn around and find another trail. There were about 16 folks that were coming in after me, hopefully with the numbers they will be able to flatten the snow on the log and make it easier to cross. PS: I found an SD card on the trail with pictures of a teenager rainbow unicorn birthday party if anyone lost it. That’s a first for me. 🙂
Directions: Drive US 2 east to Skykomish and then continue for another 10 miles. Turn right (just after passing the Iron Goat Interpretive Site on your left) into a large paved turnout. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right, following a narrow and bumpy dirt road 0.3 mile to the TH. It is a very small parking lot but it does have a picnic table and pit toilet.