Keechelus Ridge sunset

Keechelus Ridge

Snoqualmie Pass has few roads that allow visitors to drive high up for views. But, just west of the pass is Keechelus Ridge, which has a decent road to the summit. The road actually goes up one side and down the other offering miles of forest road driving. On the summit is a communication site but the views can be admired from roads just below. Itís possible the last mile of road could get rough if not graded so this can be done as a hike as well. Others enjoy walking the roads near the summit for different views in various directions.
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True Summit:
For peakbaggers, the highest point is actually a forested knob a short distance away from the communication site. Leave the site into the forest and follow the ridge until it gets steep. Climb the forest until you reach the top with limited views.
Route:
The north access is from the Snoqualmie East Hyak exit #54 off I-90. Or you can take exit 62 a bit further south. Both roads seem about the same as far as condition. Follow the map as shown below.
Washington Hiking
Distance: 0.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Summit Elevation: 5,151 feet
Access: Good Gravel, few rough spots at end
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Mount Margaret
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Mount Rainier
Sun about to come up over Mount Stuart
Sunrise over Mount Stuart
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The tower on the summit
Camp
Looking west in the morning
Looking north into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
To the north of the summits, with the true summit on the left and the lookout on the right
Evening light and looking north to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Sunset to the west from Keechelus Ridge