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Seatle WA area, for New years

Postby Steve Gio » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:44 am

So I know there are some folks on here from Washington state so I am throwing a question out. What would you recommend for hikes, snowshoe trip of mountains for new years weekend? We may be heading up to visit friends for the holiday and they are not active outdoors types. I was thinking there must be some great hikes to do, whether on the Olympic peninsula or in the Rainier area. But having no experience I am looking for some input. Don't know what to expect for weather either.

Thanks mountain gods.

Steve

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Re: Seatle WA area, for New years

Postby Matt Lemke » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:31 pm

The weather will likely be cloudy...with light snow or rain and mild temperatures...with little wind compared to Colorado...with excellent snow conditions and little avy danger.
Ahhhhh...reasons why I like Washington. Being a native to the Seattle area, I may be able to give you some pointers. What exactly are you looking for...summits? forest snowshoe hikes? frozen lakes?
Famous WA places?

I may be able to give you some pointers based on what you are looking for.
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Re: Seatle WA area, for New years

Postby PattyCakes » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:01 am

What would you reconmend for a hike or backpacking trip in North Cascade National Park in summer time conditions? Thanks

Re: Seatle WA area, for New years

Postby sstratta » Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:13 pm

If you want to go somewhere with good views from the parking lot (for those who don't want to hike/snowshoe/etc., and assuming the weather is clear) I'd head to Paradise in Mt. Rainier NP or Hurricane Ridge in Olympic NP. The roads to these places are open throughout the winter (unless it snowed a lot the night before, in which case they might have a delayed opening the next day) and you can also do many snowshoe/XC skiing trips from the parking lot. The Staircase area of Olympic NP is also cool since the forest there is so lush. There's also some cool places to go around Snoqualmie Pass (closer to Seattle than Rainier and the Olympics) and Stevens Pass on Hwy 2. It's pretty rare to get good weather during the winter though, so I'd stick to lake/forest hikes unless you get lucky with a bluebird day and get some good views. I can recommend specific places and/or hikes if you specify the difficulty level you're looking for, or how far you want to drive, etc. Hope that helps!

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Re: Seatle WA area, for New years

Postby Matt Lemke » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:55 am

PattyCakes wrote:What would you reconmend for a hike or backpacking trip in North Cascade National Park in summer time conditions? Thanks


Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm would be a scenic (but busy) day hike. Depending on whether you want to stay on a trail or not Whatcom Pass is a long trail leading deep into the N Cascades with lots of opportunities for side trips like Copper Ridge and Mt. Ruth. Great views of the Picketts from this area. The only bad thing about this trail is all the time you do spend in the trees.
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Re: Seatle WA area, for New years

Postby Steve Gio » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:29 am

Sorry for the late reply, but thanks for the info. What I would be looking for is something within 1-1.5 hours from Seattle. A hike up a peak would be awsome but anything that gets us above tree line views would be a bonus. We are strong hikers but not climbers if that narrows it down. So snowshoeing, hiking or something to give us a good idea on the area. Cool suggestions so far. Thanks.

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Re: Seatle WA area, for New years

Postby Matt Lemke » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:10 pm

Granite Mountain just north of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass will get you above the trees and be a great snowshoe with just hiking skills required.

Make sure the avy danger is low though as there are some big chutes you'd have to cross.
I did this one on winter solstice last year and loved it.
3000 feet vertical topping out around 5629 feet

http://www.summitpost.org/granite-mountain-snoqualmie/150562
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