Linda Kuramoto and I hiked over the top of Norse Peak to Scout Pass, along the PCT across Big Crow Basin, descending via the Goat Lake trail to our starting point. We were scouting snow and camping conditions for the upcoming Big Crow Basin backpack the following weekend.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader) and Linda Kuramoto.
- Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan Nelson and Alan Bauer, Norse Peak
- Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271
Hike here in summer and you’ll want to pack several quarts of water, then toss in two more once you’ve got all you think you’ll need. And you’ll want to be hydrated and feeling good, because the scenery along these parched slopes will be something you’ll want to see and remember for a long time. When you tire of the rainbow of wildflowers on the ground, you can look up to find breathtaking vistas around every corner. Herds of elk frequent the meadows, and mountain goats dance and prance around the rocks at the ridge top. Hawks and golden eagles soar overhead, and small snakes and alligator lizards live on the sun-heated slopes underfoot.
From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) about 34 miles and turn left (east) onto Crystal Mountain Road (Forest Road 7190) leading to the Crystal Mountain Ski Area. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road. The road sign is absent. Park on the south side of Crystal Mountain road and walk across the road to the fork. Walk .25 mile up Gold Hill road and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (46.9644,-121.4829)
NW Forest Pass required.
11.62 miles, 3129 ft. gain, 6 hrs 53 min.