Hike to the Summit of Rock Mountain, WA

11 Miles Round Trip - 4175 ft gain -

Rock Mountain Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Tobin Akehurst

Head out on this class 2 hiking route and be aware of possible exposure when done in heavy snow. You'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of North Cascade Peaks.

The trail starts out poorly, following a jeep road under high-tension wires. Shortly, though, the trail begins to switchback up the south face of Rock Mountain and the views, as well as the wildflowers, are remarkable.

After switchbacking up the mountain, follow a ridge-line towards the upper basin. Once in the upper basin you are in an alpine playground. Visit Rock Lake, wander around, or go for the difficult final push to the summit by following the steep path up the ridge to climbers left. Once at the summit, the view of Glacier Peak will not disappoint.

Getting there: Park 8.5 miles east of Stevens Pass - the parking lot will be on your left if traveling East.

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Photography
Snowshoeing
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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11 Miles
4175 ft elevation gain

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An enjoyable hike from snow creek trail head

The trail is wonderful. Gently rolling through the valley, where you enter beautiful zones. You have a gentle but steep climb to the ridge. Fun little day hike. You could camp and explore a lot more up there though, lots of ridges and connecting trails.