Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rock Mountain

Updated 9-24-2014

There are two ways to Rock Mountain one is a shorter hike (option 1) but on a brushy logging road. Option 2 is longer hike but you have access immediate off of Highway 2.
If you are looking for views and dry weather this hike would be best done this weekend 9-27 or 9-28.

View of Rock Lake from Rock Mountain @ Fagin
First part of hike in the forest @ Henryk Melcer
Meadow below Rock Mountain @ Henryk Melcer
Hiker on Rock Mountain @ Fagin
Option1 - Shorter hike, but go on logging road that is very brushy.
Driving Directions: On Highway 2 eastbound  and go four miles past Stevens Pass then turn left onto Smithbrook Road (FR 6700). Note you go straight across Highway 2 westbound directly onto Smithbrook.  Do not go on Highway 2 westbound.  Follow Smithbrook Road (FR 6700) for 5.0 miles and then turn right onto FR 6705.  Note there is a sign on the right (see photo below). Also note there is not a road sign c that is marked FR 6705 ( I assume that has fallen down). As noted this road is very brushy in places.  Take this FR 6705 and proceed for 3.6 miles to trailhead which is on the right.

While on FR 6700Smithbrook Road & after 5 miles from Highway 2 turn right on this road when you see is worn out sign

Trail stats: 9.8 miles roundtrip and 3200 foot gain. Take Snowy Creek trail number 1531 for about a mile and then go left on Nason Ridge Trail go about 4.5 miles to a short spur that takes you to the top.

Option 2-  Longer hike but easy trail easy.
Driving Directions: On Highway 2 eastbound and go 8.5 miles past Stevens Pass.  Turning left onto an inconspicuous dirt road leading almost immediately to the trailhead  ft). The turnoff is just after milepost 73.
Trail stats: 11 miles rountrip and 4175 foot gain.

Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.
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