Mount Price

Mount Price (5,587ft)

Eric Gilbertson

November 13, 2016

It was a rainy Sunday and I decided to hike a mountain that was below treeline, so doable in any conditions. I drove to the end of the road on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and started hiking up the Dingford creek trail at  9:30am. After two hours I reached the end of the trail at Hester Lake, and started the bushwhack. This was a pretty tough bushwhack by Washington standards, with dense heather and slippery wet talus.

I bushwhacked around the north side of the lake, then up to Little Hester Lake, and up to the ridge north of Mt Price. I then scrambled up the snowy northwest ridge of Mt Price, topping out at 1:30pm. The ridge was tricky, with slippery snow on top of grass, but I was careful not to slip.

The summit register showed only one climber per year since 2013, so definitely not a popular peak. I made it back to the car just by sunset, completely soaked and cold, and ready for the drive back to Seattle.

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