Mount Dickerman is a 5,728 ft summit just North of the Mountain Loop Highway. This is a very popular, but strenuous, hike. The trail begins with a steady climb up a series of switchbacks through the forest. Eventually, the trail opens up at a meadow where views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks begin. However, you are not done yet, there is still some more climbing to do before you reach the summit. At the top you will find 360 degree majestic views of the North Cascades.
Distance: 9 miles rt.
Elevation gain: 3,900ft.
You can find more information here:Mount Dickerman (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-dickerman)
This trip is oriented towards experienced hikers that have the appropriate fitness, boots, clothing and equipment for this trip. You should be able to hike up Mt. Si in about two hours to enjoy this trip and be able to hang with the group. Email me if you have questions.
Meet at 8am at the the Houghton Park & Ride in Kirkland to carpool to the trailhead. This is at the NE 70th Place I405 offramp. We will meet at the North end of the Park and Ride. When you get off the freeway make your way to 70th Place NE and turn into the park and ride (There's also an entrance from NE 116th Ave NE which is close enough to see and walk over to the other half of the P&R)
Plan on stopping for ice cream in Granite Falls on the way back.
Directions (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=7024+116th+Ave+NE,+Kirkland,+WA&daddr=WA-9+%4047.875280,+-122.109830+to:Mt.+Dickerman&hl=en&geocode=FZJa1wIde5m3-CnfBjxHzxKQVDGsWYCQkvYLPQ%3BFdCE2gIdesC4-A%3BFW543QIdSILC-CmPqbUYks-aVDHFEwA-sZ5fSA&mra=mr&mrcr=0&via=1&sll=48.067526,-121.939316&sspn=0.373964,0.716858&ie=UTF8&z=10) It is about 65 miles each way from the park and ride to the trail head. After reaching the Verlot Forest Service Ranger Station, travel 16.6 more miles East on the Mountain Loop Highway and turn left to the trail head.
Bring some cash to cover a stop for ice cream and the carpool fee. 10 cents per mile round trip is suggested for riders.
Note: A Forrest Service Pass is required for parking at the trail head.