|10/8/2006 5:19:27 PM:
This hike started at 6:30am in the morning, with Mark Davis and myself (Matthew) heading up to Snoqualmie pass. We decided to try for Red Mountain, a peak that has eluded us for a few years.
You start this hike by getting on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), and heading to junction about 2 miles in going North. The junction, is where the trail splits and heads up to the Commonweath Basin, a bowl between Red Mountain and Lundin Peak.
The approach to the Commonweath Basin, is a switch backed trail that runs about 1.5 miles past the junction on the PCT trail. The weather on this day was rain. Once we got to the top of the basin, we found a goat trail that cuts off to the right (East), that goes directly up Red Mountain.
The trail can be hard to follow, but if you pay close enough attention you will find it snake directly up the hill side.
It took Mark and I about an hour to accend the mountain topping out with both dogs in tow. The rain was picking up, but the views were worth every bit of getting wet. The decent was not so good. The trail is all rock, and with rain, it makes for walking a on something like a sheet of ice. It took an hour to decend, due to the slick nature.
Overall a great hike, and great adventure. Can't wait to try it in the winter.