Join Joanie Pryor for this Scorpion Mountain hike. The hike offers a 360-degree view of the Central Cascades, and the huckleberries and blueberries make this a much-underrated fall hike.
Start your hike from the Johnson Ridge Trail. Continue through the forest for pleasant walking along a gentle, undulating ridge. The trail climbs to Sunrise Mountain in about 2 miles: this is where the views begin. Looking north, you can see Glacier Peak, Monte Cristo peaks, and much more.
Continue for about another two miles past Sunrise Mountain; the trail drops before heading up to Scorpion Mountain.
As you approach Scorpion, the ridge narrows and the views become impeccable as peaks on all sides of you pop up. 3.5 miles from the trailhead, and 1.5 from Sunrise Mountain, enter indescribable alpine meadows with resplendent wildflowers.
Make your way out of the meadows back into the shade of the trees, climbing steeply up the ridge crest before dropping back into the meadows that skirt the peak of Scorpion.
At an unmarked junction, head left, climbing the last remaining feet of elevation where 360-degree views await at 5540 foot Scorpion Mountain. You may want to bring out your map to pick out all the summits in view. To the east, look for Poet Ridge, Grizzly Mountain, Mount McCausland, and the Chiwaukums. To the south are Captain Point, Fernow, Daniel, Hinman, and Cathedral Rock. North of you stand Evergreen, Sloan, Benchmark, and Fortune, while to the west lie Baring, Spire, Troublesome, and Rainer.
8.6 miles round trip, 2500 elevation gain, Highest Point 5540 feet
Bring plenty of water and lunch.
Note: There are several patches of consolidated snow to navigate – none particularly challenging.
Limit: 12 Hikers
To RSVP please contact Joanie Pryor by July 12, 2021
Friends of CAI-PNW: After you have participated in two hikes or other activities within a 12-month period, we encourage you to become a member. Flo Burnett, our membership co-chair is ready to answer any questions you might have about joining CAI-PNW.