What we're about

SOA hikes everywhere from cities to mountains to deserts. We go backpacking, biking, and climbing; ski and snowshoe, kayak, sail and swim, and in many other ways celebrate nature and the great outdoors.

While exploring the Pacific Northwest is thrilling and restorative, we care about our delicate environments and promote Leave-No-Trace principles and good trail etiquette.

To better protect ourselves from injuries and other life-threatening conditions, all members should take safety and preparedness seriously, carry the Ten Essentials, and be self reliant.

Check our calendar and join us on an upcoming adventure. We're eager to welcome new friends and hope to meet you in person soon.

Your Organizer, Michael Songbird

DISCLAIMER: All activities hosted by Seattle Outdoor Adventurers (SOA) involve risk. Becoming an SOA member and/or participating in events offered by our Meetup group, you agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify SOA, its members, and its organizers from any and all liability. You alone are responsible for your safety, comfort, and health.

Upcoming events (4+)

Escaping Rain (Alta Mountain Day Hike)

Issaquah Transit Center

If you are stuck in a hole this weekend you will need to get out quickly to avoid getting drown. I am trying get out of my hole tomorrow morning, but I have to work very hard today and Fri. I heard on the radio this morning that working from home people at least need to leave their PCs on so that their employers know they are active. Hey, if you can leave your PC on and go hiking, maybe just this time-;) come join me tomorrow. The weather looks good.

I have not done any hiking in the middle of the week before. Feels weird, but it might be good... will see...

Trail Info


TGIF Hike - Big Tree Ridge-Talus Loop

Tibbetts Valley Park and Ride

Let's do a nearby forest hike 🌲🌲🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶🌲🌲 on a nice loop trail with big trees, a bit of vertical gain, and a nice urban hike finish.

And don't forget to wear good raingear, maybe bring an umbrella, too. 🌧☂️🌧☂️And bring an extra change of dry clothes???

And if it's too windy to go in the woods ... 🌬🌬🌬 ... we'll do an Issaquah urban hike!!!!! ... 🏡🏘🏡🏘 ...

Distance: 5.5 miles RT

Elevation gain: 1300 feet.

Hiking pace: Brisk but conversational pace, 30 minutes a mile. To sign up, please be able to hike that pace; the group will not stop and wait for anyone substantially slower.

Hiking time: ~2.5 hours.

Meet at 5:00 pm and start hiking at approx. 5:10 pm.

RSVP: This hike will be posted on more than one meetup, please only sign up on one meetup. Sign-up will be waitlist only; answering the sign-up question is required to move from waitlist to going.

Dogs: Hikers only.

Parking: No parking permits are required.

Waiver and Indemnification: This is not a guided hike nor a hiking route-finding lesson. The group will not necessarily stay together. Hiking activities have inherent risk and each sign-up-ee acknowledges that these activities have risk of injury or even death, and each sign-up-ee signs up and participates entirely and exclusively at his/her own risk. Each participant is also responsible for his or her masking and social distancing from others.

Harvest Full Moon Evening Hike to GUYE Peak

Snow Lake Trailhead


I invite you to join this Full Moon hike to celebrate one of the oldest and most popular festivals around the world, Harvest Moon. SOA embraces the cultural diversity of humans. Please feel free to share your cultural familiarities for this harvest fullmoon with us. Can't think of any? No worries and you can always bring something we can be grateful to and celebrate.

Let's Keep the finger crossed for the desirable weather for the evening. I will keep updating on this.

• Guye Peak and Hiking Info;
-Guye peak is less travelled but has great rewarding view at the peak. Hill is steep and your joints might get stiff but not much scramble involved to summit it. We can stay just below the summit to party if the summit gets crowded.
-Trail & Pace: Moderate pace maybe strenuous. Hiking poles can be useful for this somewhat primitive trail.
-Mileage and Elevation: less than 6.0 mile roundtrip, 2100 ft gain, Highest Point: 5168 ft.

• What to bring;
-Extra layers of clothing. Even though it's supposed to be clear and sunny, it gets cold on top of the summit, especially once you stop moving for a bit. Windbreaker highly recommended.
-Flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries mandatory - assuming the weather is as good as the current forecast, we'll be staying until after sunset, so the entire descent will be in the dark.
-Camera recommended.
-Food + drink. We'll be on top for up to two hours, so plenty of time to have some proper food.

• Driving Directions & Parking;
I-90 EXIT 52 to Snoqualmie Pass towards Alpental parking lot. Park by the covered bridge at the ski area. Walk towards the Snow Lake trailhead.

• Schedule;
-5:00 PM Meet at Snow Lake Trail head
-5:10 PM Start hiking. If you're late, we won't wait - we'll see you at the top!
~7 PM Reach the summit (plan on 1h 30 min or less for the climb)
~8:00 PM Start hiking down
-9:00 PM Arrive back at our cars

Cardinal, Saska, Emerald, and Pinnacle Mountains (strong team)

Eastgate Park & Ride - East Side Under Overpass

Photo of Cardinal Peak above, courtesy of Summitpost.org

Cardinal, Saska, Emerald, and Pinnacle are the four highest mountains in the Chelan Mountain Range (adjacent to Lake Chelan). These mountains are also four of the highest 100 highest mountains in the state (Bulger Peaks). People often call this four-peak climb the "Chelan Slam", but I just enjoy climbing in this area regardless of the name.

Distance: 34 miles
Elevation Gain: 12,000+ feet

Trip Report from 2004 with good information:

GPS Track:

I'm looking for a strong team that wants to climb these peaks over 3 days (and 2 nights). To be on the team, you must be able to sustain a hiking pace of at least 2 miles per hour uphill and downhill with a full pack on, comfortable scrambling on loose, steep, and varied terrain, have good scrambling and snow travel skills (be comfortable on loose and exposed class 3-4 terrain), be safety conscious, and be situationally aware. Also, a good team dynamic and positive attitude is essential to our success. When you RSVP, PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTIONS WHEN PROMPTED. I will add those who seem most appropriate for the team.


Saturday, September 4
5:30 AM - Meet at the Park and Ride. We can arrange rides and lead by 5:45 AM. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID 19 and have no symptoms are allowed to carpool on my meetups. If you plan to meet at the trailhead, you need to communicate that ahead of time. It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive so we should arrive at the trailhead around 10 AM.

We will hike in along the North Fork Entiat River Trail for 6-7 miles, and camp around the Emerald Basin. We should arrive at our campsite by early to mid-afternoon. We can climb one of the mountains if we have time.

Sunday and Monday, September 4-5
We will plan to hike the other peaks in the area. We should hike out by late afternoon on Monday, but expect a long day if necessary.
We can stop for food and drink along the way back if people want. If anyone needs to get back early on Monday, they should drive separately.

Gear to bring: Pack, sturdy footwear, Ice Axe, Helmet, Headlamp, microspikes or crampons, sunglasses and sun protection, food, water, and clothing (warm layers and rain gear included) for 3 days and two nights. Water Filter, Map, Compass, 10 essentials https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/images/the-ten-essentials/image_view_fullscreen , (GPS, Camera, trekking poles optional but encouraged). Cooking and camping gear. Money for drivers. Drivers need a NW Forest Pass or equivalent.

Directions (from Summitpost): Take Highway 2 or I-90 to Alt US-97. Exit Alt.US-97 just south of the town of Entiat on the west side of the Columbia River and take the Entiat River Road northwestward. Keep on the road (paved for most of the way) for 32.5 miles to where North Fork Entiat Road No. 5606 junctions off to the right. (If you come to North Fork Campground, you've gone too far.) Take the North Fork road for about three switchbacking miles to its end at ~3,700 ft. It's about a 4 1/2 hour drive from the Seattle area, so plan accordingly.

Past events (4,188)

Road Bike Tour : Bellevue - Mercer Loop

Wilburton Park and Ride

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