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Granite Creek Road Trail

Feb 27, 2011

by john deer last modified Feb 28, 2011 08:49 AM
Type of Outing
Snowshoe/XC Ski
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Hike: Granite Creek Road Trail
Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Agency: Washington Department of Natural Resources
Avg Rating: 2.33
We had 3 criteria for an outing: back in town by 5:30; snowshoes required; safe during high avalanche danger. That led us to Granite Lakes Road. The roads deteriorated as we left I-90 and the last little bit down the hill towards the Mailbox TH was exciting in the morning. The county snow plow was out there by the time we left. The road was kind of driveable past the Mailbox TH but that is where we parked. The trees were dropping giant glops of yogurt-like snow so we also parked away from the trees.

Snowshoes were not really required right away but we donned them anyway. It was a great winter wonderland up the gradual road walk although I seem to have yogurt magnets getting nailed multiple times from the trees above. We stopped after about 2.5 miles (and about 1100' of gain) which is where the road crosses Granite Creek. This is one of our favorite rest/lunch stops and it is usually where the snowshoeing starts in earnest. Only 2 lonely ski tracks had gone past this point recently. We did hear avalanche activity across the valley - probably on Green or Bessemer Mts. Again, over the years, we have never seen any sign of avalanche debris on or near this road but there could always be a first time especially this coming week.
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