A few months ago a friend told me about peak in the Snoqualmie area that caught my interest. A 12 mile round-trip hike with a class 3/4 scramble to reach the top which sounded like a perfect way to spend a Saturday to Aimee, kayuh, and I. (Just for the record, taking pictures with a puppy is not an easy task)
We got an early start and traveled the first 4.3 miles to Melakwa Lake in good time. This first part of the trail is absolutely beautiful but usually gets very crowded. After the lake the trail climbs straight up gaining at least 1,000 ft of elevation before breaking through the trees and giving way to stunning views of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and Melakwa lake below.
From there we thought the trail continued along the ridge line. The further we went, the more dangerous the route became. Loose rocks were falling everywhere and we hadn’t brought our helmets because we didn’t think we would need them (Lesson: always be over prepared).
When a rockfall almost pushed me off the ridge we decided to turn back, cutting our trip short. As always we’d rather be safe than sorry, but after getting a glimpse of that peak we’ll definitely be back for another attempt!
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