Past Meetup

Let's Hike- P3 Alpine Scramble (Difficult)

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Eastgate Park & Ride - East Side Under Overpass

14244 SE Eastgate Way 47.580195 N 122.151414 W · Bellevue, WA

How to find us

Right below the road and east of the structure- Look for Black Jeep Wrangler (206-708-3324)

Location image of event venue


This is a great hike for those training for other larger mountains- MSH, Adams, Rainier, etc. It is definitely not for the weak-heart :)

Join the waitlist and I will add you to the confirmed group once you answer all the questions.

Beginner level members encouraged to consider this hike as assuming they have all the gear

Winter hiking experience required- snow and steep hiking conditions.

This is one of those breathtaking peaks off I-90 that will make your quads scream in pain, and your lungs feel like exploding. A relatively short hike by most standards, but it packs significant challenge and offers incredible rewards with some of the best views anywhere in the I-90 corridor.

We will be moving at a moderate-fast pace and will stay together as a team for the entire trip. You must be a strong and fast hiker with excellent stamina to join this group.

Some have described it as challenging and difficult, others as intimidating and humbling. No matter, it is a great experience.

Weather forecast for the area is outstanding with clear sky and temperature in the high 30s. Wind around 10-15 mph. Bring sun protection for this one.

Short video courtesy of TMBER:

Putrid Pete's Peak is a minor summit of the I-90 corridor located on the ridge line between Web Mountain the west and Mount Defiance to the East. Known to some as P3, it was named after the famous Himalayan veteran Pete Schoening whose ashes were sprinkled at the summit by his family and friends. P3 stand for: Putrid Pet's Peak.

Unlike its nearby neighbors, P3 is not a popular destination and many local hikers are unaware of its existence. The hidden nature of the trail leading to the summit might be one such reason for this oversight. If you are thinking of attempting P3, you should be comfortable on steep loose dirt and semi-exposed class 3 scrambling.

The Hike:

Begin at the Ira Spring / Mason Lake trail. Follow the trail 1/10 of a mile to the first switchback. Instead of turning to the right, continue forward over the sticks meant to block the way onto a faint path which quickly becomes well pronounced. After 1/3 of mile the trail begins switching back as it climbs steeply along the mellow ridge leading up towards the east summit. There are a few forks in the trail here so if in doubt, choose the fork leading up. This part of the route is similar to Mount Teneriffe or the old trail on Mailbox Peak.

Around 3900 feet the switchbacks end and so does the easy to follow trail. Climb straight up the top of the ridge over steep terrain and loose dirt and rocks. There are signs of occasional use but nothing substantial. Exercise caution when coming down this part of the route. The upper half of the route is out of the trees and awesome views of the 1-90 corridor open up all around. Bear Grass and wildflowers frequent these slopes as well. The last 20 feet to the east summit is a class 3 scramble and possibly one of the easiest scrambles on I-90. Just beware of the northern cliff face when on the summit.

What to Bring:

Highly Required: Traction devices, hiking poles, snowshoes, and ice ax (Ax is optional but highly recommended).

Required: ten essentials, food and snacks, 2-3 liters water, hiking boots, pack, layers to keep warm/cool, windbreaker, sunglasses, camera, great attitude and big smile.

NO COTTON Clothing please

Hike Stats:

Starting Elevation: 2200 feet
Summit Elevation: 5220 feet
Total Gain: 3020 feet
Round Trip Distance: 6 miles

Trailhead Driving Directions:
Because of snow on forest service road to trail head, we will take exit 42 and park at end of road just north of the freeway. We can hike the 1/3 of mile up to the trail head. (Ira Springs TH)

This is not a guide group. You go on your own risk.