Hex Mountain (Dec 19, 2010)

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hex_mtn_coverConditions: Snowshoe
Gear: Snowshoes
Map: USGS Cle Elum Lake
Area: Roslyn, WA
Reference: Snowshoe Routes Washington
Stats: 7.46mi, 2756' gain (round trip)

I wanted a snowshoe trip bad!!!

I managed to talk Jim into this trip :) It had been about a decade since he had list been there so it wasn't too hard.

We reached the winter trailhead (a wide spot off 903 just before Newport Creek) (2386') and were on our way before 9am. From the road it's a very short walk to the gate. Lots of new roads up here. I don't recall the route being difficult but with lots of new roads it can get a bit confusing. The route would have us hike (carrying snowshoes) up a series of snow covered roads to the summer trailhead which is really less than 2 miles to the top.

We followed the snowshoe trench we round, up the roads and reached the summer trailhead in no time, a bit over 2 miles from the car (3467'). From here it was easy stay in the trench and stay on route. The route stays pretty much on (or very near) the SW ridge of Hex all the way to the top of the ridge. We were still carrying our snowshoes and not until the steeper part did the snow get deep enough that we started to post hole so on went the snowshoes.

After reaching the top of the ridge, we headed right towards Hex (5034' and about 3.8mi from the car). It was windy and cold so we didn't spend much time on the top. We pretty much followed our tracks and the trench on the way down.
 
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