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I'm always curious about where folks go to get a good, quick 4,000-5,000' training hike with-in a 90 minute drive of Everett.

 

I mean besides Mailbox or Mt. Si. Mt. Pugh is a good one. Dickerman is pretty crowded. Whitehorse to Lone Tree via the Niederprum is ok but the mile of road walking is pretty boring. Labyrinth Mountain is good but a longer drive.

 

 

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Three Fingers is pretty stout for a training hike. Mt. Pilchuck is very popular with the Everett crowd. Mt. Persis (next to Mt. Index) and Mt. Baring come to mind as well.

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Yeah, Baring is a good one, pretty much straight up the hill from the trailhead.

 

Unfortunately, Three Fingers and Persis now involve several miles of logging road walking to get to the former trailheads.

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I've always liked Teneriffe much better than Mailbox or Si. You can also add some mileage and save your knees by taking the logging roads down and/or linking up with Si.

 

Forgotten is a bit longer and much less crowded than Dickerman. Same trailhead.

 

Rock Mountain out past Stevens Pass fits your criteria and is a really nice.

 

 

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I've always liked Teneriffe much better than Mailbox or Si. You can also add some mileage and save your knees by taking the logging roads down and/or linking up with Si.

 

Agreed, good suggestion. When I got bored of running repeats on Mt Si I would park at the Mt. Si parking lot, run the road to Teneriffe, run up Teneriffe then traverse to Mt. Si and then down Si to my car.

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Unfortunately, Three Fingers and Persis now involve several miles of logging road walking to get to the former trailheads.

 

Were the roads washed out or something? That is kind of a bummer.

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Unfortunately, Three Fingers and Persis now involve several miles of logging road walking to get to the former trailheads.

 

Were the roads washed out or something? That is kind of a bummer.

 

There is a big washout on the road to Three Fingers that there is no funding to fix and the road to Persis is generally gated at HWY 2 due to knuckleheads vandalizing the logging equipment and leaving garbage up the road.

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If you can add ~ 20 mins to that drive, try Church Mountain just outside of Glacier on the 542. Lots of switchbacks for 1st 2 hours then a clearing thru alpine meadows and another hour of hills to a scenic summit ridge with great views of Mts. Baker/Shuksan. Almost 4k' elevation gain over 11 miles roundtrip out and back. Leisurely 4.5 hours roundtrip walk... crampons/axe helpful in early season...4th class finish to true summit optional.

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When I lived in Everett, I used to lap Teneriffe's Kamikaze Falls. It's about 3.4 miles and 3700' gain one way. Just after my 37th birthday I did it 4 times in a row for nearly 15k' gain and 28 miles in about 10.5 hours.

 

Not sure where else you can get that kind of gain that quickly, and it's an interesting hike.

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I'm always curious about where folks go to get a good, quick 4,000-5,000' training hike with-in a 90 minute drive of Everett.

 

Gunn ;)

 

Lookout Mtn. and Cow Heaven up 20 are good. Same with old trail up Sauk from 20. Starts at ~400' so you can get 2-3k snow free most of the winter as well. All are right at the edge of your 90 min cutoff. Let me know if you are headed up my way!

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