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Thompson Lake via Granite Creek Trail

Snoqualmie Region

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Hiked Dec 19, 2015

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail difficult/impossible to navigate:
    Trees down across trail.

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended

Our goal yesterday was to make a trip to Thompson Lake. After the second bridge is when the trail starts to become difficult to navigate. We went up and over fallen trees for about 30-40 minutes with NO relief and none that looked like it was coming. Ultimately it became too much and a little unsafe for the dogs to navigate. A person certainly could have navigated passed all that but there was no indication of when/if the fallen trees would stop. It would have taken a good effort to keep going and I am not sure this hike is worth that effort. I hope some effort to clear it happens in the future. This has always been my go to hike for solitude while being able to get in some decent mileage.

Comments

Wow!

Thanks for the trip report. I love that hike and was considering going there next weekend but I think I'll hold off on that.

Posted by:


Bill on Dec 20, 2015 11:31 AM

That's brutal!

That looks like weeks of work just to get a minimal path cleared. At least it isn't in wilderness so chain saws can be used. It's ironic that this trail is shutdown by Mother Nature just when the DNR begins to build an official shortcut trail up from the concrete bridge - http://midforkrocks.com/post/201512-work-begins-on-granite-creek-shortcut-trail/

Posted by:


mvanderbilt on Dec 22, 2015 12:13 AM

Wow!

A bit higher up and it would all just get buried in snow and we could just snowshoe on top of it!

Posted by:


Bill on Dec 22, 2015 02:01 PM