Alta Mountain 09-11-2015

Cruising towards the summit…

A great fall hike up to Alta Mountain – this is one of my favorite hikes.  The trail up box canyon is beautiful, the transition from old forest to alpine deciduous areas, following a stream bed with beautiful pools and river rock, up a nice hill to Rachael lake – beautiful in the fall and perfect for a post-summit dip.  Once out of box canyon TH you will see Hibox Mountain peek into view – its a great scramble to the top.  The trail to Alta follows the same route to Rampart Ridge.  It kicks right passing through beautiful fall foliage – amazing reds, and follows a ridgeline, with about three false summits until you reach the rocky summit of Alta.  Great 360 degree views of the entire area – you can see Snoqualmie snow area, the PCT – Kendall Peak, Red Mountain, Kendall Katwalk, Mount Thompson, Huckleberry Mountain, Chikaman Peak among others.  Truly a great vantage point.–7

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