Rooster Mountain – 05-26-2013

Mountaineers hike up Rooster Mountain. We traveled the old “Sunday Creek Rd” to its end along the south ridge of Rooster Mountain, marked on most topographic maps as “The Ark”. We were about a month too early this season – we hit steady snow at about 3600 ft.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Sherry Kytonen, David Coate, John Kooch, Roland Sonia, and Virginia Klamon.

Rooster Mountain – 05-26-2013 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

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Reference: Green Trails Mount Si No. 174 Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, No. 36 Rooster Mountain.

If you’re up for it, the steep hike up Rooster Mountain will have you crowing–in agony after the thigh-burning 4000-foot gain, and with pleasure over the outstanding views. The Rooster Mountain Trail takes advantage of old logging roads for much of the route, but then follows an old boot-built path up a side canyon above Quartz Creek. Not for the faint of heart, but this route does boast outstanding rewards for those willing to put in the (considerable) effort.

Driving Directions
From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 (Edgewick Road). Turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 12.5 miles to the Taylor River Road (just past the Middle Fork trailhead parking area). Turn left onto the Taylor River Road and drive to a wide parking area at its end, in about 0.5 mile.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5597,-121.5328)
National Forest Service Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
9.96 miles, 2865 ft. gain, 6 hrs 47 min.

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