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French Cabin Mountain

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
47.3507, -121.1364 Map & Directions
Length
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1750 feet
Highest Point
5580 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Winding water channels visible from French Cabin Mountain. Photo by John Soltys. Full-size image

Hike to the three summits of French Cabin Mountain ending with a class-3 scramble on West Peak. Continue reading

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Rating
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Hiking French Cabin Mountain

French Cabin Mountain is composed of three peaks culminating in West Peak; the highest at 5,528 feet. A network of trails provides access to the area and all three can be visited in a single day trip, though a little off-trail navigation is required for North Peak and some class 3 scrambling is necessary for West Peak.

The most direct access is via the Domerie Peak Trail, which starts at the end of Forest Service Road 4308-115. The trailhead itself is reserved for high-clearance vehicles, but a moderate-clearance vehicle can get to a sharp switchback with room to turn around.

This trail was renovated by an ORV group and is regularly used by motorized vehicles. It climbs steeply for the first mile passing through second-growth forest with many short switchbacks gaining 1,200 feet. The tread is largely loose dirt.

After the first climb, the trail traverses with small gains and losses below North Peak. (If you're intent on tagging all the peaks, follow the ridge to the summit, gaining 150 feet and down the other side to rejoin the trail. From North Peak, the trail continues the traverse south 1.3 miles to South Peak.

The trail splits. The Domerie Peak trail continues south while the Silver Creek Tie Trail (1380.1) leads east to an overlook of the south fork of French Cabin Creek. 0.9 miles from South Peak, the trail drops abruptly and drops 250 feet only to climb right back up to the shoulder of West Peak. To gain the summit, follow the arête north. This is where some class 3 scrambling is required.

WTA Pro Tip: Hike this route on a dry day in the fall for excellent blueberries.

Hike Description Written by
John Soltys, WTA Correspondent

French Cabin Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3507, -121.1364 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90, take Exit 80 and drive north on Highway 903 through Roslyn. Continue on the county road along Lake Cle Elum to Forest Road 4308 (about 13 miles from Roslyn), then turn left (west) on FR 4308. Drive about 4 miles to 4308-115. Turn south onto 4308-115 and drive it for 1 mile to trailhead. High clearance vehicle required to get to the trailhead. A moderate clearance vehicle can get to within half a mile of the trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Domerie Peak Trail (#1308), Silver Creek Tie (#1308.1)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass ed. II (Nelson and Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Alpine Lakes East No. 208SX map

Buy the Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208 map

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