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Johnson Creek - Medra Pass, Koppen Mountain

Snoqualmie Region

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Hiked May 29, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road suitable for all vehicles

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Intermittent snow - not hard to cross

After a fairly last-minute location change, I ended up in the Teanaway to kick off the long weekend. I expected the entire area to be bustling, but when we arrived at the trailhead just before 10 am, there were only 4 other cars there.

Conditions on the trail right now are pretty decent. There are several trees down along the first few miles while hiking along the river valley, it doesn't look like this trail has received any trail maintenance for the year yet. There are two back-to-back creek crossings that are pretty challenging to rock hop (at least for someone with a small stride like me!) but are easy peasy if you don't mind wet feet.

The trail is mostly snow free until the very top, when larger patches appear in the shaded areas. The snow was very soft and easy to walk on by the time we made it up there (around noon) and you can tell it is melting out fast.

From the top of Medra Pass, we headed north to see how close we could get to Koppen Mountain — and we made it pretty close! The snow was intermittent along the ridgeline, but once again easy to traverse and there were no exceptionally steep patches. We stopped at the mini peak just south of Koppen, as the snow looked a smidge cornice-y up ahead.

We stopped for a very long lunch in the sunshine with a view overlooking the MF Teanaway drainage and Mount Rainier to the west.

Overall, I'm super happy we were able to find this slice of solitude on such a busy weekend!

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