I'm going to attempt to make this short at sweet. This hike is tough - in my opinion it's tougher than Mailbox Peak and it's not close. I started my day early, arriving at the trail head at the school bus turn around point on Mt. Si Rd. at about 7 AM and hitting the trail soon after.
I'll apologize in advance. This is by far my longest blog post to date (and it may take a minute to load). This was my first backpacking trip since a college trip way back in 1999 (and I only remember that because of our rushing back down the hill somewhere in Great Smoky Mountain National Park trying to get back to Knoxville in time for the Tennessee/Auburn football game).
On top of this essentially being my first backpacking trip in forever I was going solo. I would have loved some company, but finding companions who can take a Friday off on very short notice is next to impossible. The weather was slated to be nice so I said "what the hell" and I went for it. Also, as my buddy and I are planning a multi-day trip in the North Cascades next month, I really wanted to get an overnight trip under my belt before then. My destination was Snoqualmie Lake. The map below indicates the position of the trailhead.
After a couple week hiatus, I was itching to get back up into the hills. Also, since my buddy and I are planning a backpacking trip next month, we decided that today would be a good day to load up some extra weight and train our legs/backs. We arrived at the Annette Lake trailhead 47 miles east of Seattle just after 7 AM. We were the first to arrive and spent a couple of minutes looking around. At the same location is the Asahel Curtis Nature Trail - a 0.6 mile loop trail that would be good for small kids. We ended up hitting the Annette Lake trail at about 7:15 AM.