Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Norse Peak

Issued June 7, 2017

This hike is just below Crystal Mountain Resort. Wildflowers are just starting to come out at about 5000' level. However once we are at 5800' consistent snow is found. Bringing micro-spikes and trekking poles is very handy and have necessary skills on snow important. Probably at least a month before all the snow is gone. Or one can just hike to snowline and enjoy the scenery.
View from summit of Mt. Rainier and  lenticular cloud

Summit lunch


Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 past the town of Greenwater and turn left on Crystal Mt Road. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road (which is not marked). Turn left and park on this road (next to Crystal Mt Road) and walk the road about .25 mile up (unmarked Gold Hill road) and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side which is also not marked.
Trail Stats: Hike Norse Peak number 1191 to the top which is about 5. miles or about 10 miles which is an elevation Gain 2400 ft and these are with the summer trail.  The high point of 6858 feet. We ran into snow at about 5800' so we left the trail and here is our track. 

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