Jul 28, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Greenway Mountain
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
I chose the to take the Mt Washington trail out of Olallie St Park off Exit 38 on I-90 east. The Great Wall trail circles around Change Peak and on to the Great Wall. You could also take the Change Creek trail but I don't think you'd save much, if any mileage. Crossing the Great Wall, you arrive at a junction. A right turn takes you another mile to Mt Washington, a left turn takes you east along a mostly flat road to the base of Greenway, passing a couple of minor peaks on the way. At the final junction, stay left and up the hill to almost the summit of Greenway, at about 3 miles from the Great Wall. The road curves around the peak and starts to drop a bit on it's way to McClellan Butte area, which looks to be at least 5 miles further on. At this high point in the road, you can do an easy scramble through the trees to the mostly open summit, or follow the road a bit until the summit ridge opens up, and then cut back on the open ridge all the way up to the summit. The latter is probably the easier way.
The summit itself is rather pretty, and you get good views in all directions except back to Mt Washington. Even though the hike out is on logging roads, the summit itself is covered in a small meadow with bear grass, lillies, lupine, paint brush and other flowers, and you can't see the roads you came up on. Big views of the Cedar River watershed, Mt Rainier, the Puget Sound, and the peaks on the north side of I90.
I measure the elevation gain at around 3300', and the mileage is probably 15 miles, virtually all of it on rocky logging road. There is no water and little shade on the upper half of the journey, although it is mostly flat once you get to the Great Wall. The last water is about 50 yards past the Great Wall turn off, and it's a good place to water the livestock before heading up. Horseflies were thick on the far side of the great wall, but not a problem on the summit. Saw no one all day, except in the parking lot. I've done hikes this year that were as long, and ones with more elevation, but this one really beat up my feet and legs, being rocky, hot and humid at ground level. I think I heard my feet screaming when I pulled my boots off at the car.