Nat'l Public Lands Day! Mount Catherine Trail

Snoqualmie Ranger District

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Sep 24, 2011

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Berries along the Mt Catherine Trail by Kae

Snoqualmie Area: I-90 exit 54. This trail is not as well-known as some in the area, but offers great views of the Snoqualmie Pass area as well as great berry patches. A couple of big trees came down on the trail early this season irreparably damaging a section of trail. The Forest Service has asked us to help with a fairly significant trail reroute around this section.

The trail starts up an abandoned logging road to a landing, where the true trail commences. It switch-backs through an old clearcut to a wooded ridge which gives way to a more open area with views over the Snoqualmie Pass area. Along the way are great berry patches. The summit is reached in about 1.5 miles, with a 1,300 foot elevation gain.

Driving directions:
From Seattle drive east on I-90 over Snoqualamie Pass and take exit 54 (Hyak/Gold Creek). Finding Forest Service Road No. 9070 can be confusing if you haven't been there before. Allow a little extra time. Turn right off the exit ramp and continue straight on Hyak Drive East. Continue on Hyak Drive East and follow that road as it heads back past houses and bends right (ignore the dead-end sign). Continue past a water treatment plant (left). Just beyond, the road becomes gravel (Road 9070). It is about 1/2 mile from the interchange. At approximately 5 miles from I-90 you will find the Mount Catherine Trail #1348 on your right. (There is no "Mt. Catherine" sign, only Trail #1348) (Driving time from Seattle: approximately 1.75 hours.)

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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