The Ark Mountain (5,339ft)
Attempt to 4,600ft
Eric Gilbertson, January 20, 2018
I left Seattle on a rainy/snowy Sunday morning and drove up to the middle fork snoqualmie trailhead. The start of the trail up the Ark is an old logging road, so I mountain biked as far as possible before the snow got too deep. I then ditched the bike and proceeded on snowshoes.
The snow got really deep (wish I’d brought skis instead!) and I soon left the road grade and started bushwhacking. I gained the south ridge at a rock outcrop, but got cliffed out so had to retreat and gain it at a higher point. I followed the ridge up to about 4,600ft, but then encountered a knife-edge ridge with cliffs on both sides, and a fresh cornice on top.
It looked to risky for me to be attempting solo, so I turned around and hiked/biked back to the car.