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Intermediate Hike - Commonwealth Basin - Snoqualmie Pass

This is not a beginner hike.  It has some distance and elevation gain.  To do this hike you must have been hiking regularly over the last few months. No children under 16 years old.

Statistics

Roundtrip 10.0 miles

Elevation Gain 2700 ft

Highest Point 5350 ft

Features  Old growth  Fall foliage  Wildflowers/Meadows  Mountain views

User info Dogs allowed on leash

Northwest Forest Pass required

I have hike the first couple of miles of this trail and took the fork up to Kendall Katwalk.  I want to go back again and take the other fork and explore Commonwealth Basin. Please read all the info and come prepared.

There's nothing common about Commonwealth Basin. This deep canyon nestled in the shadows of Red Mountain and Kendall Peak offers a great opportunity to explore the wild heart of the Cascades with minimal driving and easy hiking. The trail starts just off the most heavily used highway in the Cascades, yet you'll soon find yourself caught deep in the wilderness experience as you stride into the fragrant forests, scrambling over the tumbling creeks of crystal-clear snowmelt waters and climbing through the rocky meadows in this mountain valley.

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/commonwealth-basin

WTA Note: Dogs are required to be on leash at all times on this trail.

Driving Directions:

From Seattle drive I-90 to exit 52 (signed for Snoqualmie Pass west). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left (north) and cross under the freeway. In about 100 yards, turn right onto a dirt road leading into the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) trailhead.

 

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  • Michele B

    Geez we took a lot of pictures - cause it was a gorgeous day! Thanks Kathy!

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great hike hope to see ya again

    September 9, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Another great hike. The weather keeps on being terrific which means for long beautiful hikes with great views. Always nice to welcome new dogs with their well behaved owners. Nice to have you along Beth and Oscar, and as always Nancy, Gretchen and Toby, and Michele.

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something has come up and I won't be able to make it after all.

    September 7, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    I will be at the North Bend Safeway (next to the Chase Bank area) at 8am if you want to convene there and carpool or caravan to the trailhead. If Michele comes with me I can take one more dogless person. But maybe somebody else is able to carpool with you.
    Otherwise we will meet at the trailhead 8:45 am and hope to be on the trail shortly thereafter.
    Expect a 7-8 hr day (I think I did the katwalk in 7-8hrs and it is a couple of miles longer) so bring enough food and water. Also, the weather may be cool in the morning but warm up quickly so dress in layers at this time of year. Bring your essentials and good attitudes and we will have a great time.
    My cell phone #[masked]-2952. I will have reception in North Bend but not sure about at the trailhead. Look for my blue Hyundai Tucson with the corgi and lab in the back. (actually the corgi is too short and you won't be able to see him but you can sense his attitude)
    Have a safe drive and see you in the morning. Should be glorious.

    September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be at safeway early no 6am ferry only 5:30 and can carpool have CRV grey oscar in crate we'll be having breakfast looking forward toit. Beth

      September 7, 2013

    • Michele B

      Yep I will see you at the Canyon Park PR at 0710.

      September 7, 2013

  • Michele B

    I am coming from Brier (Lynnwood) and will be dogless. Can I carpool with anyone closeby?

    September 7, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Michele, do you want to meet me at the canyon park p&r lot at about 7:10. you can hop in with me.

      September 7, 2013

    • Michele B

      Yes! Thanks. See ya then!

      September 7, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Also, don't forget you need a NW Forest pass for this Trailhead (not the state discover pass).

    September 7, 2013

  • Jay

    Doing a rather long and high amount of elevation hike on Saturday, so not sure will be up for this one. If i decide to go will just meet at trailhead.

    September 6, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      What? If you are a little exhausted we might have a chance of keeping up with you :)

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oscar and i would like to go i have to catch an early ferry 6am Can i meet at the trail head. Beth and exchange cell # with Kathy?

    September 1, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Glad you got signed up Beth. I will send out last minute details on Saturday and send out my phone #

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really fun on snowshoes. We'll have to plan a winter hike since I'll be gone rafting and miss this one.

    August 27, 2013

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