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Sasse Ridge

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5730 ft.

Rating

3.60 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

The Sasse Mountain Trail begins at Forest Road 4305-118 and ends at an intersection with the Jolly Mountain trail. However, with the right vehicle, hikers can drive to the end of the Forest Road 4315, making for a much-shorter, more scenic hike.

Upon arriving at the end of the forest road (#4315), begin hiking south and follow the ridge, which has great views to craggy peaks in the northwest and occasional views of Mount Stuart to the northeast.

The trail first ascends to a point (Sasse Ridge) before descending slightly and regaining altitude to Sasse Mountain. The mountaintop itself leaves something to be desired, as it is both burned and has some of the least views of the route, but otherwise serves just fine as a destination. 

If you're coming from the official trailhead, the trail begins in a 1960s pine plantation, climbing steadily to the top of Hex Mountain. This portion of the trail is wide and chopped up in many places from logging roads.

From Hex Mountain, the trail follows the ridgetop, climbing and descending many times, ending at the junction with Jolly Mountain Trail 1307. This trail is rugged due to the fact that it is an old sheep driveway and has not been updated. This longer route is 9 miles, rather than 5.

 

Sasse Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3857, -121.0576 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Sasse Mountain (#1340)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Getting There

To access the trail from the end of the Forest Road 4315: Drive I90 to exit 80, and exit, heading north on Bullfrog Road (crossing the freeway if you're coming from the west. Pass through two roundabouts, following signs for 903, and pass through the town of Roslyn and Ronald. Just past the turnoff for Forest Road 46, look for an unsigned, paved road to the right. This is FR 4315. Soon after the turnoff it becomes graveled, and in places it is narrow. Drive it 7.5 miles to a parking area high above the Salmon La Sac valley.

For the main Sasse Ridge trailhead: From Cle Elum, travel about 9.5 miles north on Highway 903 to Lake Cle Elum, and turn right on Forest Road 4305. Go east on 4305 about 2.5 miles to Forest Road 4305-118, then north on 118 to the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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