Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Hansen Ridge

Update 5-19-2015
Extensive work has been done on the  de-commissioned logging roads that has been turned into several trails. This is the Hansen Creek drainage west of Snoq Pass. This is marked at trailhead as Harris Lake (Trail 1020) but that lake is rather far away (estimated 9 miles one way) and we did not try to get to the lake. In fact not sure the trail is even completed yet to the lake. We did a loop hike part of it is on a  logging road and than hiked on the trail which was also marked Hansen Ridge. There are nice views on the trail. Note you might find some bikes on the trail. Also next to the parking lot there is an area that some use for target shooting.  However, we went on a weekday and just saw two bikes on the trail and no target shooters were seen.  .

View of Kaleeteen @ Dennis Long
Michael taking a snack break @ Dennis Long
Beargrass just starting to bloom
Gentle grade and mellow hike @ Dennis Long

Driving Directions:  From Seattle, take I-90 east to exit 47. Turn south and then turn right at the T towards Hansen Creek Road (Forest Road 5500). Go 1.3  miles and then turn  left on Forest Road 5510. This will climb continuously for 4l miles ending at a gate and an old borrow pit. Park on the left

Trail stats: 5.6 mile loop and if you go counterclockwise start where sign says "Trail 1020 to Harris Lake" (even though you never end go to the lake.)  Gain with ups and downs is close to 800 feet. This starts on the trail (going counterclockwise) and then on the way back you go on a gated logging road.

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Our route- Thanks Dennis Long for the track.

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