Even driving to the trailhead is a scenic experience as you head east over Snoqualmie Pass and onto the outskirts of Thorp where this popular hike begins. In the spring it’s one of the best places to look for early-blooming wildflowers, views of the Kittitas valley, Mount Stuart and oft-sunny skies. The trail is steep enough that locals use it for conditioning hikes and the trail is dog-friendly. In addition to the Ray Westberg and Gene Prater memorials (Prater is known for his snowshoe designs and his book “Snowshoeing” (Mountaineer Books, 1974) you’ll find other memorials.

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