Monday, February 13, 2012

KUOW Hike- Granite Creek/Lakes

Issued: Tuesday 2-14-2012
For later on Tuesday chance of some snow at at Snoq Pass area at 2000 feet with about 1 to 3 inches of new snow. Wednesday 2-15-2012 should be partly sunny at Snoq Pass.

This road hike is north and east of North Bend and the start of the walk is just past the trail to Mailbox. There is just patchy snow for the first 2.5 miles, thus now snowshoes are needed. This road follows Granite Creek and ends up at Granite Lakes.
Photo below is view from the road, photo by Karen Sykes
Photo below is view from road looking toward north and east, photo by Karen Sykes
Photo below is hiker on road with patchy snow at 2.5 miles in no snowshoes, photo by Karen Sykes
Photo below is Granite Creek, photo by Karen Sykes
Driving Directions: Drive east on I-90 to exit 34 (Edgewick Road). Then you turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (FS 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road about 3 miles you will find a gated road on the right. Park here but do not block gate. You will need a Discover Pass.
Trail Stats: Start at about 800 feet and all the way to the Lake is 5.5 miles one way and 2500 foot gain. However most people just hike 2.5 miles one way and minimal elevation gain and you do not need snowshoes.
Track to Granite Lake thanks to Dennis Long

Trail stats and directions are the best estimates so please bring map and compass and or GPS for precise directions.
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