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Hex Mountain Snowshoe

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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Length

7.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5034 ft.

Rating

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Hex Mountain is a steep but rewarding Cascades snowshoe: you will earn the great 360 degree views from the summit. Low avalanche risk makes this a popular winter destination. Begin your ascent to the summit via Forest Service Road 116, past a closed gate, and as you climb, ignore any roads that branch off. You'll be heading generally in a northeasterly direction. After 1.7 miles, take a sharp right to leave the road for trail #1343, the Hex Mountain trail; there is a wooden sign clearly marking the trail. The narrow trail now will follow the spine of a ridge through the forest. Stay well back from the edge to avoid the cornices that form here.

You'll eventually veer to your right (easterly), and then travel up the steep, bare and windswept knob of the Hex Mountain summit. On a clear day, you will enjoy views of Mount Rainier, the Teanaways, and other peaks. Retrace your steps once you have taken in the views from the windy summit.

Since this is a popular route, if there hasn't been fresh snow recently it can be quite easy to find the trail once you leave the Forest Service road by following the beaten track of other snowshoers. 

 

Hex Mountain Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.2850, -121.0914 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Hex Mountain (#1343)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Snowshoe Routes - Washington by Dan Nelson (Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Alpine Lakes East No. 208SX map

Buy the Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208 map

Getting There

Take Exit 80 off of I-90 and drive north on Bullfrog Road. Turn right onto SR 903 (Salmon La Sac Road) at the round-about and drive through Roslyn. Continue 9 miles to the junction with Forest Road 116 and then park at the plowed turnout just past the Ronald Fire Station. It is on the left side of the road and signed "Single Vehicles Only". From here, walk north on Salmon la Sac Rd. past Timber Cove Rd. on your left and cross Newport Creek. FR 116 will be the next road you see on the right. It has a yellow gate. (If you see signs for a pumphouse, you have turned off too soon.)

 

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