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Ridge top trail with gorgeous views, to the Poe Mountain summit with even more goregeous views.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

5,950' 1,814 m

High

4,698' 1,432 m

Low

1,298' 396 m

Up

46' 14 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Views · Wildflowers

Description

Little Wenatchee Ridge Trail begins in the fir forest where Irving Pass Trail #1545 ends. However, there is no sign to show exactly where this is.

From its start in the fir forest on the ridge top, Little Wenatchee Ridge Trail follows the ridge line northwest as it climbs to the Poe Mountain summit that is a high point on this ridge. Most of this climb is gradual however there are a few short, steep stretches. Slopes of the ridge clearly drop off on each side of the trail, although the ridge top is easily wide enough for the trail and the dropoffs aren't so steep as to invoke fear. In other words one definitely knows they are on a ridge top and can enjoy it without worry.

Heading toward Poe Mountain, the trees begin to thin revealing snowy mountain views into the far distance to the southwest. On a clear day Mt. Rainier, 14,411 ft., can be seen. Soon the trees give way to grassy, high meadows with beautiful summer wildflowers. The now unobstructed views are even more awesome on both sides of the trail - left/southwest and right/northeast. To the right is a vast panorama of nearby mountains. On the left, the Little Wenatchee River is nearby in the valley below, and the mountains start across this valley.

At about the 1.2 mile mark the trail makes a short, very steep climb to a nice lookout point. Besides the views to the southwest and northeast, there is a good view down the ridgeline here and plenty of places to sit and admire these views.

Continuing on, Little Wenatchee Ridge Trail reaches a trail junction with Poe Mountain Trail at the 1.9 mile mark. However, the trail sign here only points to Irving Pass and Poe Mountain. There is no arrow to Poe Mountain Trail that just climbed up to this junction to join Little Wenatchee Ridge Trail for the final push to the Poe Mountain summit. Bear right at this trail junction to circle around and climb to the summit over the next few hundred feet.

A the summit there are awesome views in all directions - nearby mountains to the northeast, the ridgeline of this hike to the southeast, the Little Wenatchee River valley and distant mountains including Mt. Rainier to the southwest, Cady Ridge and the Little Wenatchee River drainage to the northwest, and Poets Ridge with Longfellow Mountain as its next high point to the north.

Flora & Fauna

Fir forest, high grassy meadows, and summer wildflowers.

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Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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  4.3 from 3 votes

#10673

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Snowy Glacier Peak, 10,541 ft. (left of center), nearby Longfellow Mountain, 6,577 ft. (center), and Whittier Peak, 7,281 ft. (right), looking north from Poe Mountain, 6,015 ft.
Jul 28, 2021 near Skykomish, WA
Mountains to the northeast emerge high on Wenatchee Ridge Trail. Whittier Peak, 7,281 ft., is the pointy peak on the far left.
Jul 28, 2021 near Skykomish, WA
Panorama of mountains to the south, including Mt. Rainier, 14,411 ft., in the far distance (far right) from high on the ridge top of Wenatchee Ridge Trail.
Jul 28, 2021 near Skykomish, WA
A bird's eye view of Wenatchee Ridge Trail below from a lookout up higher along the trail.  Rugged mountains stretch into the far distance in all directions.
Jul 28, 2021 near Skykomish, WA
Climbing up to Poe Mountain in the distance (upper center) on the ridge top, amid wildflowers on Little Wenatchee Ridge Trail in mid July.
Jul 28, 2021 near Skykomish, WA
Snow covered Mt. Rainier, 14,411 ft., in the far distance (center right) is constantly in the view to the southwest along Little Wenatchee Ridge Trail.
Jul 28, 2021 near Skykomish, WA

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Jul 19, 2021
Joan Pendleton
Sep 6, 2020
Claire Showalter
Jul 9, 2019
Jay Perry
Incredible views from the ridge in every direction. Great wildflowers in bloom right now. There were plenty of mosquitoes, but it was manageable 5mi — 3h 30m
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