Cross Silver Creek and begin switchbacking upslope. The switchbacks are moderately steep but easy compared to what lies ahead. The trail remains flat on the ridge top for a short distance, where you can stop at a viewpoint and catch your breath just before it begins climbing again. This section has you gain 1,100 feet in just 1.3 miles, and another 1,300 feet in 1.7 miles lies ahead of you.
But the steep grade is balanced out by increasingly better views. Look for Mount Adams and Rainier, as well as Lake Easton below you. Upon reaching the ridge top, follow the track as it turns left, headed for Thomas Mountain.
The trail drops, heading via a wide track along the ridgeline. Enjoy mountain views, including Mount Stuart and the rest of the Teanaway peaks, because the summit is largely forested, with no views to the west. It is, however, open to the east and Cle Elum Lake is visible below.
On your return trip, keep your eyes down, watching your step despite the beautiful views laid out in front.
Hiking Thomas Mountain
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.2676, -121.1742 Open in Google Maps