Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Trail Report: Humpback Mountain

Round trip distance: 4 miles
Highest point: 5,174 feet
Elevation gain: 2,500 feet
Pass: Northwest Forest Pass

WTA page: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/humpback-mountain

Since I didn't write about all the hikes I did in summer 2015, I'm writing about them now. I did the Humpback Mountain hike in June 2015.

I prefer shorter hikes that go straight up the side of the mountain, rather than long hikes with a more gentle elevation gain. I was looking for something similar to and as challenging as Mailbox Peak and Snoqualmie Mountain. It took a bit of searching on the WTA site, but I found Humpback Mountain and it sounded promising.

The beginning of the trail was a bit difficult to find. After walking up an old logging road, there was a small pile of rocks on the right marking the trail. It looks like an eroded hillside that goes straight into the trees. We actually missed the place on the right that led to the start of the trail and ended up pushing through some underbrush to get to the trail. On the way back down, we found the area to the right that we missed.

Go up this hill and veer right
Start of the trail
Once we were on the trail, it was very pretty. There was a lot of moss on either side of the trail.

Soon we came to the difficult part - lots of switchbacks and going straight up the side of the mountain. I would rank Humpback Mountain below Mailbox Peak in terms of difficulty, but above Snoqualmie Mountain.

As we neared the top, we had to scramble over boulders, and the entire summit was made of boulders. We had an awesome view of the surrounding Cascades. Mt. Rainier was also present.

Mt. Rainier

I'm sure I'll be doing this hike again the next time I want a good workout and a straight shot to the top.

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