Sep 22, 2010
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Green Mountain
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
- Agency: Department of Natural Resources
- Avg Rating: 4.25
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with a dog
- Be Aware Of
At the 3000 foot level, 700 feet above the Brawling Creek crossing, the road splits at an unmarked junction. The right branch continues on to The Promontories. This time, I turned left and followed an old road up to a prominent ridgeline at about 3300'. Through gaps in the trees, I enjoyed a great view south toward Mt. Washington. The rugged upper slopes of Green, much of it steep talus, loomed above...quite a dramatic alpine setting. There supposedly is a scramble route up to the top, but I didn't have the time to check it out.
What's the catch with all this? Well, access to the Green Mountain road, is difficult. You can hike to it from the end of Mt. Si Road, a boring 3 mile slog through a tree farm-- and that's if you dare to park at the gate. Because of hostile landowners surrounding the gate, you may want to park at the bus turnaround, adding another mile. A mountain bike can make the trip shorter. Getting to Green Mountain via the Bessemer and CCC roads is more scenic but even longer, nearly 4 miles.
There are rumors of a shorter route that starts on the Mid Fork road, good if you can find it. Eventually, an official trail should be built that connects directly from the Mid Fork road to the start of the Green Mountain road.
The Green Mountain road is suffering from erosion. The DNR really needs to get a crew up there and dig water bars to perserve the road bed.