Change to Trip Plans Required because of Weather
With the change in weather conditions our original trip plan is too ambitious.
Per National Weather Service -- SNOW ACCUMULATIONS..: 15-HOUR SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM NOON SUNDAY THROUGH 3 AM THIS MORNING HAVE RANGED FROM 8 TO 15 INCHES IN THE CASCADES. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH MIDDAY TODAY...AND A PERIOD OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE IS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING IN SNOQUALMIE AND WHITE PASSES.
AN ALTERNATIVE HIKE
I think a good low-elevation alternative would be to hike to Otter and Big Creek Falls along the Taylor River. It's about 10 mi. round trip with no steep areas or tricky footing. Access to the trailhead is via the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road in North Bend.
We can still meet at Issaquah P&R, but meeting at 7:30am is early enough for this hike and maybe a little easier for everyone.
If you decide not to come because of these changes, please change your RSVP.
Alpine Lakes Loop Hike
By carpooling with at least two cars we can drop one car at Denny Creek trailhead, then shuttle to Talapus Lake trailhead for a 13+ mile loop hike passing 6 Alpine Lakes. The entire route follows established trails, but there are several small stream crossings, so waterproof boots and hiking poles are advisable. Elevation gain and overall difficulty level is moderate.
This clockwise loop will take us past Talapus and Olallie Lakes to the junction with Pratt Lake trail, then down into Pratt Lake basin with great views of Pratt Lake and Kaleetan Peak; then a short down and up to Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. The next leg is aprox. 2mi. w/1200 ft. elevation gain to reach Melakwa Lakes. The last leg will be 4.5mi., with some steep sections, but all downhill on popular Denny Creek Trail.
• Meet at 6:45am at Issaquah Park & Ride; the outside lot (not the parking structure) on Newport Way NW, adjacent to Tibbets Park.
- Carpool to Denny Creek trail head, I-90 East, Exit 47 (Asahel Curtis/Denny Creek)
- Shuttle back down (west) to Talapus Lake trail head, I-90 East, Exit 45
- Northwest Forest Pass required at each trail head. I have one pass, so one additional will be needed for the second car. Please indicate in RSVP if you can bring a NW Forest Pass.
- 10 essentials
- rain gear and waterproof boots
- hiking poles, a good option
- microspikes, just in case
- headlamp (not expecting a late return, but it's getting dark early, around 5:15pm)
- a pack lunch and at least 2L to drink
Driving Directions to Denny Creek Trail Head:
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 (Asahel Curtis/Denny Creek). Turn left over the overpass and proceed to a T. Turn right and travel 0.25 mile to Denny Creek Road (Forest Road 58). Turn left and drive 2.5 miles, turning left on the paved road just after the Denny Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the road's end. Northwest Forest Pass required.
Driving Directions to Talapus Lake Trail Head:
From Seattle drive I-90 east to exit 45 (Forest Road 9030). Turn left under the freeway on FR 9030. In 1 mile bear right at the junction. Continue straight to the trailhead at the road's end.