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Twin Falls, John Wayne Trail - Snoqualmie Pass — Nov 07, 2013 — Louise Penberthy
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns
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I left the parking lot at about 1:00, hiked up to the John Wayne Trial and east to dip down to the H...
I left the parking lot at about 1:00, hiked up to the John Wayne Trial and east to dip down to the Homestead Valley trailhead, and then back. Light rain at first, getting heavier. Mist at higher elevations. No one else on trail.

There are two blowdowns -- photos attached.

Also, up near the John Wayne Trail, there are two small sinkholes in the trail.

There were several mud puddles but no big deal.

I had a great hike, it was nice and quiet -- not surprising for a rainy weekday afternoon in November.
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Hall Creek, Mount Washington --- Great Wall Trail, John Wayne Trail - Snoqualmie Pass, Greenway Mountain — Jan 24, 2013 — Jeb
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Overgrown | Snow on trail | Avalanche danger
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Today was another late start due to work getting canceled at the last minute. I have been thinking a...
Today was another late start due to work getting canceled at the last minute. I have been thinking about visiting Greenway Mountain near Mt Washington and Change Peak for months, waiting for snow to make the off-trail sections less painful for the dogs and humans involved. Several other factors made this an ideal day for the trip, including a relatively low avalanche danger forecast and a short drive to the trailhead (45 minutes from Seattle) to compensate for the late start.

With and roads covering most of the routes and a complete lack of necessary travel on South facing slopes, this would even make a good destination during moderate avy danger, though I would not recommend approaching from the Hall Point trail during such conditions. I also would not take a dog above Hall Point under any conditions as it would require significant added road-walking mileage, elevation loss, and/or bushwhacking in order to avoid loose, rough 30-degree-plus terrain with some exposure. The Great Wall Trail is a much more dog friendly route and adds less than 2 miles to the trip.

From exit 38 I parked at the gated road east of Hall Creek, crossed under an old railroad bridge and followed the Zig Zag Trail up to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, where the unofficial Hall's Point trail has two obvious starting points. The one further to the West next to Change Creek starts with a short scramble assisted by some fixed webbing. The dog-friendly entrance is behind a short section of railing to the East.

We made great time up the windy gully despite the trail being mostly covered in ice and compacted snow. About a mile from the John Wayne Pioneer Trail a boot path branches off towards what I thought was Halls Point. Automahn had a bit of trouble crossing a sharp and narrow section of ridge on the way out. Views were unobstructed from McClellan Butte to Mount Si, but continuing past the turnoff and up the ridge I found a sign pointing to Hall Point, still ahead. The snow at this point (about 2500') was about 2 feet deep and mostly firm below a few inches of powder in open areas, and about 6" of cascade concrete under canopy.

I strapped on my snowshoes before crossing the first apparent road around 3500'. Auto had some difficulty with the steepness of the ridge above, which looked like it only got worse, so we dropped back and followed the road toward the south. After losing about 200' of elevation we started through thinly spaced trees directly up the slope to the West. Across the next road up, the slope became steeper and trees gave way to massive stumps, mostly buried in the snow. With increased exposure the snow became harder and my snowshoes seemed to barely penetrate the surface. At this point I regretted leaving my ice axe behind, and decided it would have been much smarter to have continued further south into the protection of the forest before beginning the ascent. Either way, up was the safest option from where we sat so up we went to the road at the top of the ridge at 4100'.

The road brought us nearly to the summit of Greenway Mountain. The sky was mostly overcast around 10,000', covering the top of Tahoma but leaving the rest of the Cascades in clear view. Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan sat in the saddle between Mount Teneriffe and Green Mountain. Chester Morse Lake and the start of the Cedar River were in full view. I had a great vantage point on the two small peaks on the ridge to Mount Washington, each with about 200' of prominence.

Other than the short bushwhacks to the two small summits, the rest of our descent was on roads or trails. We could have saved a mile or two on the way out by dropping down towards Change Creek and exiting via the Hall's Point Trail, but being unfamiliar with the route and with the sun setting soon, we made our way out via the Great Wall and Mount Washington Trails. I somehow managed to make a wrong turn following mostly buried tracks along the road, but luckily realized my mistake before having to backtrack too far.

Compact snow and ice covered most of the trails below 3000'. We passed 3 hikers on their way in on the Mount Washington Trail, the only souls I had seen all day. I planned on taking the John Wayne all the way back to the Zig Zag Trail above my car, but frigid winds at the start of the bridge over Change Creek sent us down early on the Change Creek Trail. Compact snow and ice covered most of the trails below 3000'

~12 miles round trip
~5000' elevation gain
4 hours up to Greenway Mountain
3 hours down

more pictures and route info @ http://jebtastic.blogspot.c[…]in-and-points-4304-and.html
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John Wayne Trail - Snoqualmie Pass — Jan 19, 2013 — The Hiking Geologian
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Drove to near Garcia but was stopped by snow. Hiked up a mountain bike trail to the railbed. Walke...
Drove to near Garcia but was stopped by snow. Hiked up a mountain bike trail to the railbed. Walked south about a mile or two. A foot of snow before Mine Creek, though less than 6 inches west of Mine Creek. We found lots of icicles along the way, especially 1/4 mile west of Mine Creek at a large cut. Also saw both fallen ice and falling ice. Helmet might be a good idea.
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Cedar Butte, Twin Falls, John Wayne Trail - Snoqualmie Pass — Dec 15, 2012 — mtnlou
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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We set this hike up as a one-way trip with a car shuttle from the lower Twin Falls trailhead to the ...
We set this hike up as a one-way trip with a car shuttle from the lower Twin Falls trailhead to the Iron Horse TH near Rattlesnake Lake.

Starting out, it was pretty cold, so we kept moving, taking short and infrequent breaks. I forgot to pack dog treats which was a mistake. Not for my own dog; I don't have one. But for all the dogs out with their people on the trail. Nice dogs!

The side trail to view Twin Falls had a little ice so we bypassed it and kept going up, through some slick spots, to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. For the next 3.5 miles on the trail, it snowed lightly but with determination. There is another waterfall along the way, which was beautiful.

We found the turn-off for Cedar Butte and went up the direct route, admiring the light snow along the way. The summit was like a winter wonderland, but not icy or treacherous to get there. No view, but we used our imagination.

From there, it was a short jaunt to our waiting cars at the Iron Horse TH (where there are more bathrooms) and we did the shuttle back to Twin Falls and home.
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John Wayne Trail - Snoqualmie Pass, Iron Horse Trail: The Tunnel — Sep 29, 2012 — Maddy
Day hike
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I finally got around to doing this 22mi long downhill oneway bike ride from Hyak to Rattlesnake Lake...
I finally got around to doing this 22mi long downhill oneway bike ride from Hyak to Rattlesnake Lake along the old Chicago, Milwakee, St Paul Railway. Great fun for the family. We dropped a car off at the Rattlesnake lake parking lot and then shuttled up to the State park trailhead at Hyak. The trail enters the 2.3 mile long Snoqualmie tunnel after about 1/4 mi. The tunnel is very cold (about 40 degrees) and pitch black so a jacket and a bright headlight are needed. Emerging on the West side we thawed out and enjoyed views of Granite Mountain and surrounding peaks. The very nice and smooth gravel surface path decends very gradually at a 2% grade. You have to pedal but its easy to go 15-20 mph without much effort. Intermittent view to the peaks north of I-90. The path crosses about 5 or 6 cool trestle bridges. Some are over 100 feet tall and it's fun to peer down to the creek below. After making sure no one was under the bridge, I helped our gang of 11 year old boys toss some boulders over the edge to see them explode on the rocks on the rocks below. We also enjoyed watching rock climbers practice on cliffs next to the path. Cedar Falls is the turn off to the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot. It is not signed as Rattlesnake lake so don't miss it.

This Railline ran from Chicago to Puget Sound starting around 1908. It was built by the Chicago, Milwakee, St Paul Railway to compete with the Union Pacific and Great Northern (Stevens Pass) Railways which were already established. It had many names including the "Milwaukee Road". Originallyit was routed over Snoqualmie Pass. This steeper grade however required helper trains to pull the trains over the pass. The Snoqualmie Tunnel was built in 1914 to flatten the grade and therefore helper trains were no longer needed. The railway was used until 1980. The name "John Wayne Pioneer Trail" was named after the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders Association for their assistance in creating the trail.
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