Looking for a mountain to summit that offers great views, but isn't a technical climb? At 5,605 feet, Silver Peak is a relatively short and moderate goal.
Drive to the old Hyak ski area just east of Snoqualmie Pass and make your way up Forest Service Road 9070 to the Olallie Meadows trailhead at 4,200 feet. Head south on the Pacific Crest Trail as it skirts the east side of Silver Peak, with views down to Twin Lakes. Eventually you reach a ridge, a side trail that forks right, and lovely meadows near the base of Silver Peak. Switchback up the talus-scree slope to where the trail fades at the final ascent, then scramble steeply up talus and dirt patches, using your hands at times, to the summit. There’s no real exposure. Grand views: Mt. Rainier, Annette Lake, Granite Mountain, Chikamin Peak, Mt. Stuart, and more. Just under 6 miles roundtrip. Bonus: Go in September, and huckleberries abound!
Pack plenty of water and bring a camera!