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Snoqualmie Pass: Silver Peak

It appears that Silver Peak is one of my favorite hikes as I have been there three times now. Thinking briefly about it I guess this should not be a surprise as Silver Peak is easy to drive to, moderate in length, and provides excellent views.

Silver peak is located south west of the Snoqualmie Central Ski area. The hike starts off heading south on the Pacific Crest Trail which is easy to follow. However, after loosing some elevation on the trail and just after you being to gain elevation again you need to take a trail off to the right. When I was there this junction was marked by a large rock cairn. Once on the trail to Silver Peak you will be greeted by a much steeper climb. After you get out of the forest you will see a boulder field that must be climbed to reach the top of Silver Peak. This bolder field is easy to climb as long as you take the time to make sure that you have a firm footing on each step.

The view from Silver Peak is a real treat. The entire Snoqualmie Pass area can bee seen from the summit as well as Mt. Rainier to the south. You can also see I-90 cut through the mountains and Annette Lake. This wonderful view is the reason I have make this hike three times now. Round trip this hike may take about 4 hours with fast hikers being able to do it easily in less time.

September 24th, 2005

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I've included this picture because the boulders in the foreground give some perspective to the mountains in the background. That is me, Eric Blom. One of the things that I really like about the view from Silver Peak is the variety of colors. White, red, gray, and green mountains as far as the eye can see.
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There was a strong wind coming up the east side of Silver Peak as the sun went down. Numerous crows were playing in the wind between Silver Peak and Annette Lake. The view west from Silver Peak. This picture reminds me of the Smoky Mountains. Tajar relaxing on Silver Peak.
Mt. Rainier in the distance.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera. Any use of these pictures without permission from the photographer is strictly prohibited. Email me to request permission to use any of these pictures or if you would like a higher resolution version.

Last updated: 10/17/05