Distance: 3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1330 feet
This hike has been on my list for a few months, but every time I looked at recent trip reports, it was still unaccessible due to snow. I was looking for a hike that was high payoff without too much distance or gain in the Snoqualmie area— this hike had it all plus a serving of temps in the 90s. ☀️ It was worth it for the view at the top of Mt Rainer, and for the easy peak bag! ✅
The trail itself is short but steep— The first part starts climbing immediately with switchbacks until you reach the ridgeline where it evens out substantially until the short 100 feet to the summit. The views are usually great, but this day was a little hazy and lower visibility.
From Seattle, head east on I-90 and take exit 54. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp, and reset your odometer. Cross State Route 906; the road turns into Hyak Dr NE 0.2 miles later. Proceed on Hyak Dr NE until the paved road ends in 0.6 miles, and the road becomes FR-9070. Continue on FR-9070 for 4.4 miles, until you see a sign on the right for trail #1348. FR-9070 can accommodate 3-4 cars parking on the side of the road. There is no privy available.