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Snoqualmie Mountain, Cave Ridge & Guye Peak — Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2021

Snoqualmie Region

Super fun adventure today on this fabulous fall day, as I made a loop of it hitting Snoqualmie Mountain, Cave Ridge, and Guye Peak. I had time restraints today, so this was a perfect hike, as I could bail either after summiting Snoqualmie, or Cave Ridge, depending on how well I was doing on time, and still have a great hike. I ended up doing all three, which was sweet.

I went up to Snoqualmie Mt first, and when I dropped back down into the trees on my descent, I left the main trail about 4900 ft, as I found a faint trail that went down to the left toward the col that is between Snoqualmie Mt and Cave Ridge. It was severely overgrown, but it got me down to the bottom of the col, and a faint bootpath. This path follows the creek bed mostly. There is quite a bit of avalanche debris. A couple spots there is still snow with avy debris still on top of it.(see pic 2) I did not walk on the snow as there was some pretty big chasms below it.

Since I had been up on Cave Ridge before, I knew where the trail up to the ridge was. It is hard to see the trail and the proper route up going this way. Coming from the other side(counterclockwise from Guye) is a lot easier to find the trail down to the col. Cave Ridge is cool. Lots of good views and also the fall colors are cool. There are quite a few caves that need to be avoided. Stay on the trail, and you will be fine.

Once at the pass between Cave Ridge and Guye Peak, I went straight and went up to Guye Peak. There is a pretty good size pond up there, just a bit after this intersection. Once at the pond, look for the trail to the left. This will take you up to Guye Peak. This are is quite nice with the fall colors coming out. Just beautiful. Didn't spend to much time on Guye summit as I needed to get down

It is just beautiful back in there. It is just a chore to get back there, as the lower trail, if you want to call it that for Snoqualmie Mountain, is just brutal. So steep, with so many boulders. It was dry today, but when wet, or in the spring when the creek is running, it can be slick.

Started at 8:30 am. Finished at 1:40 pm. 6.2 miles with 4242 ft gain

Avy Debris
Pond on Guye
Fall colors heading up Guye Peak


ngie on Snoqualmie Mountain, Cave Ridge, Guye Peak

I thought I sensed you out there today! We might have seen each other around noon (I got up to Thomson around 12).

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ngie on Sep 21, 2021 10:51 PM

kidz won't hike on Snoqualmie Mountain, Cave Ridge, Guye Peak

I took a picture of Thomson at 11:55 from Cave Ridge. I will have to blow it up, to see if I can see you.

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kidz won't hike on Sep 22, 2021 08:56 AM

ricola on Snoqualmie Mountain, Cave Ridge, Guye Peak

"I left the main trail about 4900 ft, as I found a faint trail that went down to the left toward the col that is between Snoqualmie Mt and Cave Ridge"

Can we please ask that you respect 'Leave No Trace' principles and don't popularize these social trails any further? There has been a proliferation of social trails that have appeared over the past 12 months as social media, caltopo, apps etc. are driving more people to these locations - Snoqualmie Mtn isnt even an official trail so damaged sections wont ever be repaired. I recently removed flagging for the trail you references as I had observed the fragile mosses and heathers have now been trampled and died. I was shocked at how many new trails hikers have made to either create new "view points", or to avoid more difficult sections which has further trampled vegetation and exposed tree roots.

WTA: Please consider making 'responsible recreation' a strategic initiative. There are hundreds of new folks who have entered the outdoors and what many would deem 'common sense' is apparently not so common. I know that the Forest Service have no resources/funds to address these issues in the near future, but if we don't act quickly, the areas we visit for their natural beauty will be lost, not to forest fires or climate change, but to preventable recreational overuse.

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ricola on Sep 22, 2021 10:14 AM

nwhsolohiker on Snoqualmie Mountain, Cave Ridge, Guye Peak

Give me a break. What you're describing is FMO (for me only) principles not LNT. There are no statements in the 7 LNT principles to suggest one should not report hikes on unmaintained trails. The principles are basically (not in any particular order): 1)Be considerate, 2)don't take anything, 3)don't leave anything, 4)don't bother the wild life, 5)plan ahead, 6)if you're allowed and need fire minimize it's impact, and 7)choose solid ground for hiking and camping.

"Don't tell anyone about Snoqualmie Mountain" (or any other established but unmaintained trail) is not part of the deal. Yes social trails are an issue covered in the final principle above, but this is not a problem unique to unmaintained trails. Take a look around areas like Snow Lake, Rampart lakes, Seven Lakes Basin (Olympics), and the list could go on. If WTA were to forbid reports of any location where social trails have a negative impact they wouldn't have many trip reports at all. Maybe that's how you'd like it (the FMO principle) but trip reports spark interest, interest sparks appreciation, education and awareness (as well as funding). If the goal is to minimize social trails anywhere work on education not on condemning someone who wrote a trip report. Trip reports are a necessary part of education.
Nothing there to suggest refraining from describing a hike to a known destination to which there is no maintained trail.

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nwhsolohiker on Sep 24, 2021 12:55 PM