Friday, December 9, 2011

KUOW- Bessemer Mountain Saddle

Updated 12-9-2011. Weather this weekend light showers later on Saturday and into early Sunday.
This trailhead is near North Bend Washington. It is a logging road walk that takes you up to saddle at about 4100 feet. We suggest that you DO NOT go up to the top of the Mountain as there might be avalanche issues. Besides snowshoeing to the saddle is about 3000 foot gain which is a big workout in itself.
Photo below is of a moss draped tree on lower portion of logging road, photo by Michael Fagin

Photo below is one of the waterfalls, photo by Michael Fagin

Photo below is snowshoe on the way up, photo by Michael Fagin

Photo below is at the saddle at about 4100 feet, photo by Michael Fagin

Photo below is of Russian Buttes west (view towards the west), photo by Michael Fagin

Driving Directions: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 and turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 7.4 miles park at gated road on the left. Gate is marked "905 " and it is blue. You need discovery pass as this is state land DNR.
Trail Stats: About 3000 foot gain high point is 4100 feet. About 10 miles roundtrip. Start on logging road and walk about a mile and then turn right on logging road, going left takes you on an old hiking trail which you do not want. Basically continue to follow logging road and follow it uphill until you reach saddle at about 4100 feet. Do not go to the summit, safe that for the summer. Saddle at Location GPS way points
Latitude: 47.545972º N
Longitude: 121.618268º W
Altitude: 4,077 ft
Thanks George for GPS waypoints.

Please bring map and compass and or GPS as these directions are just estimates.
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