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Silver Peak

Spectacular 360 degree views from one of the highest peaks in the Snoqualmie pass ares, light scramble, with only 2200 feet elevation gain.

Follow the PCT for a gradual elevation gain, then turn off and follow a well established but a little more adventurous trail, requiring a few instances of light scrambling.

Side trail off Tinkham Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.
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Annette Lake, Silver Peak — Dec 08, 2013 — Leaf Eater
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Snow on trail
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I Kinda wanted to climb Silver peak, but the slope conditions were a little dicey for me. Essentiall...
I Kinda wanted to climb Silver peak, but the slope conditions were a little dicey for me. Essentially the entire 1500' steep exposed accent to the summit was icy frozen snow covered with a thin layer of light dusty snow. I found it hard to ram the spike of the ice-axe very deep at all, and even with my crampons i slipped a couple times. So I figured I'd save the summit for another day.

The Lake is quite beautiful and the ice formations on the creeks along the trail were pretty rad.

my GPS track
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/413839897
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Annette Lake, Silver Peak — Nov 21, 2013 — Walksalot
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Snow on trail
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Snow started around 3,200' - just as the main switchbacks come to an end. Snow around the lake was m...
Snow started around 3,200' - just as the main switchbacks come to an end. Snow around the lake was maybe eight inches. Still very navigable. There are a few blowdowns along the trail - two disrupt the trail significantly.
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Silver Peak, Cold Creek, Pacific Crest Trail - short segment, Mount Catherine — Oct 23, 2013 — xtreem
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes
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Road potholey, but passable. Visited Twin Lake, then up to PCT. Route up Silver Peak disagreeabl...
Road potholey, but passable.

Visited Twin Lake, then up to PCT. Route up Silver Peak disagreeably muddy in many places, but still no snow to speak of, at least on trail. Otherwise, an absolutely outstanding day hike and mind-blowing views all the way up, especially at the top. Descended PCT to Olallie Meadows, down the road about a quarter of a mile, then finished descent on Mt. Catherine Trail and Cold Creek.
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Silver Peak, Tinkham and Silver Peaks — Sep 02, 2013 — icelandickory
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
Issues: Blowdowns | Bugs
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This was of the most enjoyable day hikes of my life if that helps in your decision making. Keep your...
This was of the most enjoyable day hikes of my life if that helps in your decision making. Keep your eyes peeled for the trailhead marker #9030, park at the hairpin on the gravel road, where the book recommended. Lovely ascent full of brush, streams, lakes, and tarns. The signs seem to say its two miles, walk another mile and the next sign will say 2 miles. Get to the Pacific crest trail sign turn right, about a mile or less up you will see two carns on your left, that is the entrance to the climbers path. For Silver peak just try to stay right at each trail crossroad, the main peak becomes really big and obvious.
Say goodbye to the gentle ascent, you will work for the view, but WHAT A VIEW. It is worth making it to the very top, there's a talus field and a rock scramble-- frankly I found that much easier than it looked. My companions insisted it was not, but they made it no problem. A glorious use of your time and effort!
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Silver Peak — Aug 20, 2013 — Joe Hendricks
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
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9 minutes of video highlights: http://youtu.be/eeiCuBf1ijk Wonderful combo of a couple miles along ...
9 minutes of video highlights: http://youtu.be/eeiCuBf1ijk
Wonderful combo of a couple miles along the Pacific Crest Trail and then a fun climber's path with talus & boulder Class 2 sections up to Silver Peak's summit. Clear, sunny day so the panoramic views were amazing. I show distant and close-up panoramas in the video.

Met an amazing group of older hikers including Greg, who still hikes, climbs and downhill skis black diamond runs at 92 yrs of age!

The road can be done without high clearance or 4x4 but be careful and take it slow.

the trail has been recently worked on and is great; the climber's path can be confusing. I show in one of the video clips where to turn off the PCT. Then you need to stay headed for Silver Peak to avoid the alternate trails to Tinkham and Abiel peaks - just keep taking right turns at the 2 junctions.

Once you start up the summit block, I'd stay off the main, sandy(slippery) climber's path by keeping to the left of it and going up the stable talus and boulders. A slide could send you down the cliffs on the right.
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Location
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip 2.0 miles
Highest Point 5603 ft
Features
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Summits
Ridges/passes
User info
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

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