Snoqualmie Point to Stan's Overlook
|February 16, 2008 - After weeks of illness,
storms and extreme avalanche conditions, this short hike up to Stan's
Overlook on Rattlesnake Mountain felt like a good stretch after a long
car ride. As I strapped my snowshoes onto my backpack at the
Snoqualmie Point trailhead two men dressed in tennis shoes and blue
jeans looked at me, then looked at each other, and I knew they would be
having a good laugh at my expense once they got on the trail. It
was foggy and rainy as I
hiked up through mossy woods, and I
encountered icy patches on the trail at 1500'. About that time
I met the two men coming back down the trail; they sheepishly admitted
that they turned back because they weren't properly dressed for the
snowy conditions further up the trail. "You have the right idea,"
they told me as they beat a hasty retreat out of the woods. By
1700', the trail was buried in snow, and I strapped on my snowshoes and
headed up to Stan's Overlook and the picnic table above North Bend.
The fog obscured the views, so I enjoyed a brief snack and a cup of
coffee before heading back down to the trailhead, saving the trip to
Grand Prospect for a day when I had more time.
3 miles roundtrip
1120' elevation gain