Zombie Dice on Top of Mount Snoqualmie

Zombie Dice being rolled on a rock next to the marker on top of Mt Snoqualmie

Zombie Dice next to the official government marker of the Mt Snoqualmie summit

Last weekend, Sean, Charlie, Michele, and I climbed to the top of Mount Snoqualmie. I carried Zombie Dice up, and we played a quick “sudden death” round of Zombie Dice at the top. The hike was very difficult and as Michele and I started to get to the end of our strength on the way up, she invented a hiking game for us to play along the way.

View of Mt Snoqualmie and Guye Peak from the Alpental parking lot

View from the bottom near Alpental parking lot looking up--Snoqualmie on the left and Guye on the right...Guye looks bigger but is actually way smaller (it's just closer)

We started at the Alpental parking lot at Snoqualmie Pass, at an elevation of around 3,010 feet, I think it was. We then climbed to 6,280 feet over a distance of about 3 miles. The trail for Mount Snoqualmie and Guye Peak is an unofficial trial that starts near the Snow Lake trail.

Alpental parking lot view from lower Mount Snoqualmie trail

View of the Alpental parking lot after a short distance up the trail

Sean climbed Mount Snoqualmie more than 11 years ago with his mom and brother and has been wanting to climb to the top with me ever since. We tried about five years ago, but we started too late in the morning and had to turn around when we were fairly close to the top because darkness was coming. Earlier this summer, I promised Sean that we would go, and we set a date in mid September. Charlie and Michele decided to go along with us, although I think they might not have gone if they had realized how painful and strenuous it would be.

Elizabeth climbing rocky Mount Snoqualmie trail

The trail was quite rocky and steep

The trail starts off in a field and quickly turns into a very rocky trail where you have to climb over rocks of all sizes, often using both your feet and also your hands to pull yourself up the trail. At least parts of the trail are called “scrambling” because they require both hands and feet. At first, it’s difficult to get warmed up and comfortable with scrambling because we had just been sitting in the car for an hour and were suddenly working hard physically.

We each had a fairly heavy backpack with water and food and emergency supplies just in case anything went wrong, since this trail is not heavily used and we didn’t expect to encounter many other people.

Michele and Elizabeth looking up a rocky trail

Michele and I consider the trail ahead

The trail is not well marked, but Sean knew the way pretty well, and we had a GPS, so we weren’t too worried about getting lost. The only sign along the trail was this easy to miss sign nailed to a tree that points out where people should split off for Guye Peak vs. Mt Snoqualmie.

A sign on a tree that says Mt Snoqualmie with a forward arrow and Guye with a right arrow

The only actual sign along the trail is about a mile up

Mount Snoqualmie is a higher elevation than Guye Peak, but Guye Peak is more technically difficult to climb to the summit (more like exposed and dangerous rock climbing).

One nice thing about the Snoqualmie trail is that there are pretty amazing views almost the entire way. Here are some of the views we got to see, even though there was also a lot of fog that prevented us from getting much of a view at the very top.

Sean taking a break in front of a beautiful mountain view

Sean taking a PB&J break

A mountain ridge with fog

A view of the mountain ridge across the way

Looking down at foggy Guye Peak

Guye Peak getting covered by fog

View down fromMt Snoqualmie at Snoqualmie pass and I-90

Looking down at I-90 from the side of Mount Snoqualmie

The trail up seemed to go on for a very long time. It also rained pretty hard for parts of the hike up. Here are some photos of us making our way up the trail:

Elizabeth and Charlie climbing Mount Snoqualmie

I was leaning because my legs were so tired...and I had no idea how much more work they had ahead of them

Mount Snoqualmie trail

Getting closer to the top

Mount Snoqualmie trail

As Michele and I started to lose steam and lag behind a little in the last 1,000 feet or so, she told me that we were going to play a game. (She knows I love games!) She said she would choose something up ahead, and we had to hike to it and could then stop and pick another object to hike to.

That “game” definitely helped me get up the mountain, because it gave us many small chunks to accomplish instead of looking up and getting overwhelmed by the summit that seemed to be constantly moving farther away instead of getting closer.

At one point, I chose a “poking up sticky thing” ahead as our next marker (I was not very articulate at that point). Charlie was a little ahead of us and noticed that the object I had picked was actually a light piece of wood, so as a little prank, he picked it up and carried it farther along the trail. Michele and I were so tired and out of it that we didn’t even notice for a while! But we did figure out that the sticky thing seemed way too far ahead!

Not too long after that, we reached the top.

Michele looking happy at the top

Michele reaches the top

Elizabeth looking happy and tired

Sean took this just as I reached the top

It was very windy and cold up there! I think it was close to snowing temperatures, and the rain that was coming down on us actually seemed almost like snowy rain–you could tell it wouldn’t have taken much of a temperature change for it to be actual snow. We had a chilly picnic up there anyway.

A picnic at the top of Mt Snoqualmie

Our freezing cold picnic at the top

There was another party at the top with us–a group of about five men. They were having a picnic and drinking wine. They told us that the place we were having our picnic was not the true summit and that the true summit was actually a short distance away.

Foggy rock formations on Mount Snoqualmie summit

Creepy foggy rock formations with huge dropoff at the summit

So after the picnic, we packed up and hiked a few minutes more to the true summit. That part of the hike was not difficult but was a little scary because there were huge dropoffs a few feet past the trail we were hiking on.

Zombie Dice being rolled on a rock next to the marker on top of Mt Snoqualmie

Zombie Dice next to the official government marker of the Mt Snoqualmie summit

When we got to the true summit, I pulled out Zombie Dice and we played a quick “sudden death” round because we were too cold to play a full game. Sean won the round with 2 brains.

Elizabeth and Sean sitting on rock at top of Mount Snoqualmie

Sean and me at the top of the mountain

Charlie and Michele at the top of Mount Snoqualmie

Charlie and Michele at the summit

The crazy part was that we were all quite tired already after four hours of such strenuous hiking, and then we had to hike back! And going downhill was actually a lot harder because it was harder to maintain balance, and the impact on our knees and ankles became painful.

A stack of rocks balanced on each other

Sean found a small stack of rocks and added to it

Split tree with fibers clinging together

Interesting split tree trying to hold itself together

Unfortunately, I twisted my ankle just as we started going down. But the pain in that ankle was soon masked by the massive all over pain throughout my body as we continued down.

This was the most difficult hike I have ever done, and I wasn’t especially fit before doing it, which made it harder. My body got so exhausted on the way down that I was shaky and kept falling down. It seemed like forever to get back down to the car!

The entire trip took us almost 8 hours, and we were all incredibly sore for days afterward. It was a big achievement, and I’m glad we managed to incorporate a least a couple of “games” into what was a somewhat agonizing day for me!

5 thoughts on “Zombie Dice on Top of Mount Snoqualmie

  1. You guys are just amazing! I cannot believe you survived this difficult hike. You are all very tough!! The photos are terrific but it did look like a cold wet day. I am proud of all four of you!! Good job.

    Susy

    • Thanks! I’m glad it’s over with! :) Sean did a good job of taking pictures. I gave him the camera right away knowing I wouldn’t have the energy for it.

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