Silver Peak is located at Snoq Pass. You should do it soon before too much snow makes this difficult too to access. Please be advised there is new snow close to 4500 feet and above and perhaps 4 to 6 inches near the top now. However with dry conditions this Thursday and Friday some (much?) of the snow will melt. Bring good boots and trekking poles. Thanks to Alan Bauer and Dennis Long for photos.
|View of Mt. Rainier from the top of Silver Peak @ Dennis Long|
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|Below the summit taking a break @ Alan Bauer|
|Nice fall colors @ Alan Bauer|
|View of Annette Lake from the top @ Alan Bauer|
Trail stats: 6.5 miles roundtrip.Hike south along the PCT for approximately 2.0 miles, until a faint trail leading uphill on the right side (west side). The trail junction is unofficially marked, but a large cairn is typically at the location. Follow the unofficial trail west for approximately 0.6 miles, until reaching a saddle (~4720' elevation) located between Silver Peak and Tinkham Peak. From the saddle, turn right (north) and follow the trail to and up the south ridge of Silver Peak. The trail traverses through forest and meadows, passing by a minor forested highpoint (~4900' elevation), before heading up the open talus south ridge of the mountain to the open rocky summit (5605' elevation).
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