Begin climbing on the Alki Crest trail after the rainforest loop at the trailhead near Carbon River Ranger Station. Climb through switchbacks heading west, and cross out of the park boundary. Don't worry, you'll be back.
Find a waterfall a mile and a half into your hike. If you do this one early enough in the season, be aware of snow or slick water crossings, as well as snowfield traverses late into the season.
Hit the crest after a 3000 foot elevation gain, continuing on the main trail which heads down the ridge you have just reached the top of. Descend this ridge to Tolmie Creek, then head back uphill to the west side of August and Virginia Peaks. The trail continues on to Martin Peak, and then drops into Mowich Lake Road, just west of the Paul Peak Trail.
Mowich Lake Road is closed for the season
Hiking Alki Crest
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 46.9819, -121.9421 Open in Google Maps