Rountrip: ~10 miles
Elevation gain: 2800 feet
Highest point: 4280 feet
Swakane canyon is north of the town of Wenatchee. We will do a semi-loop: hike up the standard trail (old road) to the top of the ridge and unnamed peak for great views most of the way up. Going down we will travel off-trail cross-country in the low grass and eventually rejoin the standard trail further down. Pace will be moderate to fast. The trail is snow-free.
If you are a slow hiker, this is not the hike for you.
This is creepy crawly country, so if you’re afraid of ticks, snakes or whatever, this is not the hike for you.
Since we are going cross country, you must have long pants and sturdy hiking boots. No trail runners, sandals, etc. Wearing gaiters is also a good idea when traveling through the grass in snake country. For tips read http://www.wta.org/signpost/hiking-in-tick-country
No dogs please.
We will likely stop for dinner somewhere on the way back. I’m not sure when we’ll be back, so if you sign up, please don’t have plans for Saturday evening. It’s a long drive and a long day.
Pictures from my trip two years ago, including GPS track: https://picasaweb.google.com/dargilco/SwakaneCanyon?authuser=0&feat=directlink
WTA hike description (standard trail): http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/swakane-canyon
Weather forecast: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=47.586920371229255&lon=-120.31494855880737
Driving direction from P&R: http://binged.it/16r20pI
Drive time (one way): 2 hours and 20 minutes
Drivers should have Washington State Discover Pass (http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/ ) to park at the trailhead. When you RSVP, please indicate if you are willing to drive, how many passengers you can take, and if you have a pass.
All participants must sign a meetup waiver if they have not done so for this meetup group. Print this form and bring it with you to the P&R: http://files.meetup.com/354238/The%20Pacific%20Northwest%20Hiking%20Meetup%20Waiver%20.doc
We meet Saturday 5/4, 7:00am at the Issaquah Transit Center. To get there take exit 15 off I-90, and drive south about two blocks. The transit center will be on your left. Park at the ground floor of the covered parking lot, near the North entrance.
[masked]th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA
To contact me on the morning of the hike, call or text[masked]-1037. To contact me before that, send an e-mail to [masked]
Finally, please make sure your RSVP is up-to-date. Check for any updates on the meetup page the night before the hike.
See you Saturday!