Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Humpback

Updated  September 7, 2017

Great views but a caution that this hike is not for everyone. You will need real good navigation skills as this is a an unmarked trail that has been getting some use so follow the boot path. However, no trail signs. Also parts of the trail near the top you go over some boulders.  Views are great and just west of Snoq Pass.and view of Mt. Rainier
At the top beargrass and Frank (dog) 
Michael (hiker) @ Jill Doebler Ryan
View from the top @ Dennis Long
Yes there are some rocks to hike over @ Dennis Long
Trail is steep @ Dennis Long
Jill enjoying the views
View to the north and west cumulus build up over Kaleetan Peak 

Driving Directions; From Seattle, take I-90 East to Exit 47. Take a right at the exit and cross the bridge. At the 'T' (the pavement ends) turn right onto FS 55 (Tinkham Rd) and drive approx. 1.3 miles to an intersection and go left uphill onto the Hanson Creek Road (FS 5510). Drive uphill past the power line clearing and under the old railroad trestle for approx another 2.2 miles. At approx. 3.5 miles from the 'T' you'll see an old gated road on the left.  Park where you can find space and start hiking up the old road but do not block gate although you will find several GIANT boulders blocking the gate, GPS N 47.22.193 W 121.30.683 at 2858 feet

Trail Stats:   From the gate hike about  0.80 miles on the road and you will see a boot path on the right (no trail sign) but a orange ribbon with some rocks marking the trail. Then go UP. GPS waypoint is N 47.22.931, W 121.30.693 at 3222 feet.  Roundtrip is 4.4 miles, although I have seen other reports say 4 miles. Also a 2318 feet gain much of that over a short distance.

 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.

Track of hike- Thanks Dennis Long
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