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Mount Gardner

Jun 17, 2013

by cyleriggs last modified Jun 17, 2013 01:55 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Mount Gardner
Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District
Avg Rating: 2.80
Hiking Companions
Hiked with a dog
Be Aware Of
Blowdowns
Bridge out
Overgrown
Mud/Rockslide
Mudholes
Washouts
Water on trail
Bugs
Road to trailhead inaccessible
I just checked almost every checkbox offered for "issues on trail" -- skip this one.

This route is an abandoned forest road, and for the most part a rather boring hike. The "trailhead" described in the book and on this site is permanently inaccesible and not a valid description at all. There are some good forest road hikes around, but this isn't one of them. You will have to park at the intersection of FR 9020 & the mclellan butte trail, 3.5 miles away, and ~700 feet of elevation below the advertised trailhead in this site and various hiking guide books.

With the exception of an interesting crossing at Harris creek and the single exposed view of Snoqualmie pass at the scree slope there isn't much to see here other than an overgrown, poorly built logging road.
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to each his own

Posted by Chuck Nordhoff at Jun 17, 2013 01:55 PM
My daughters (ages 15 and 11) and I hiked this route yesterday (June 16). We made it to within about 1/4-mile of the "viewpoint" at 3,800' described here, but were turned back by an enormous black bear (we saw lots of bear poop along the trail, too).

Granted, the trip was longer than advertised due to the gated access road, but we enjoyed both solitude and many fine views along the way -- including a 270-degree panorama near the top, where we stopped for lunch.

A great Fathers Day was had by all!

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