Field Trip to the PCT at Snoqualmie West Ski Area @ Washington Native Plant Society, Central Puget Sound Chapter, Seattle [19 August]

Field Trip to the PCT at Snoqualmie West Ski Area

09:30 - 15:00

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Washington Native Plant Society, Central Puget Sound Chapter
6310 NE 74th St, Ste 215E, Seattle, Washington 98115
Photo credit: Ray Izumi

Snoqualmie West Ski Area
Saturday August 19, lead by Ray Izumi
Easy hike, about 1 mile round trip, 600' elevation gain

There is a hiking trail that runs directly across the Snoqualmie Wes ski area, and not just any trail — this one is part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail. To many hikers the trail offers awesome vistas of the Cascade Crest but little else. To the botanizer, though, this is a treasure trove of unusual plants like Round-leaf Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) and Ladies' Tresses Orchids (Spiranthes romanzoffiana).

During a particularly good year for orchid spotting, I counted more than one hundred Ladies' Tresses in bloom scattered across the slope; other years (like the last two, when they were dormant), I found not a single one. Nevertheless, there are always many plants of interest to see here.

What will it be like this year? Who knows, what with the crazy weather we've had in recent years. But, as the song says, «A splendid time is guaranteed for all» (I promise, no leaping through a «hogshead of real fire»).

We'll meet at the trailhead at 9:30 AM. Group size will be limited to 12 individuals. This is a half-day hike, so we'll finish up in mid-afternoon. Bring plenty of water and sun protection as almost the entire hike is in the open with no shade. I will have plant lists to hand out at the trailhead.

Getting there from the west: Drive I-90 to summit exit 52 and turn right. Take the first right (just a hundred feet or so) and keep bearing right into the gigantic parking lot and proceed to the far end where you'll find the trailhead. From the east: Turn left at the exit and go under the overpass, then follow the previous directions. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking. Day passes ($5) are available at the NFS Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center at the ski lodge. There is no restroom at the trailhead, but facilities and potable water are available at the visitor center.

If you plan to carpool, email me and I'll try to coordinate, or make your own arrangements. There is a Park and Ride at the Preston-Fall City exit 22.

To sign up or receive the updated plant list, email Ray Izumi at [email protected] or call Ray at 425-880-4720.

PLEASE NOTE: You must sign up directly with Ray via his email address above or phone. RSVPing to Facebook is not sufficient. Thank you!
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