Tuesday, July 30, 2013

KUOW Hike of the Week- Norse Peak

Updated July 30, 2013

Snow free hike up to 6800+ with great views of Mt. Rainier. Wildflowers out. Thanks for Brian Fagin for photos.

Views of Mt. Rainier on the  way up. @ Brian Fagin

Bring your Green Trails Maps- One of the 10 essentials

Check out map 269S for this hike

Dog (Frank) friendly hike but take advance of shade @ photo Brian Fagin
Lots of open views @ Brian Fagin
View of Basin Lake from the top @ Brian Fagin
View of the Cascades @ Brian Fagin
Lots of lupine!! 
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 past the town of Greenwater and turn left on Crystal Mt Road. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road (which is not marked). Turn left and park on this road (next to Crystal Mt Road) and walk the road about .25 mile up (unmarked Gold Hill road) and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side which is also not marked.
Trail Stats: Hike Norse Peak number 1191 to the top which is about 5. miles or about 10 miles which is an elevation Gain 2400 ft and high point of 6858 feet.
Directions and trail stats are our best estimate however please have a good local map and or a GPS unit.

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Annette Lake

Photo of Craig crossing small creek near lake @ Heather Romano
Directions Exit #47 from I-90. Turn south at the first stop sign and then turn left on FS Road #55. Drive 0.25 mile to the large parking lot on the right. The trail begins at the east end of the parking lot, up the gravel road and to the left. Hike is 7.5 miles roundtrip and 1400 foot gain.

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