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winds with snow, and considerable avalanche danger. What's a hiker to
do? With both my cars out of commission I was dependent on someone else
to drive. Kim let me choose the destination and I pulled out a snowshoe
trip I had been contemplating for a number of years. The NF
Teanaway Road has only been plowed to the end of pavement for about ten
years. Previously it was too far from the Lick Creek lot to go far up
the valley. Now there are a number of options. In the summer I have
hiked the old road up Standup Creek to the end just below an old
lookout site. From the Standup Creek Trailhead its only about a mile. A
nice choice for after a day up the Standup Trail. From 29 Pines CG in
winter it's a fun day snowshoe trip.
We were out of Seattle by 7:15. There was some rain and snow but we
were ahead of the storm. We stopped for gas and it was 9:30 by the time
we reached the parking area. There were already at least half a dozen
snowmobile trailers there. Two snowmobilers passed us near the start.
They were the only ones we saw until the end of the day. The road is
groomed for snowmobiles and so was hard packed making for easy walking.
Walking the road allows for time to see things that are missed at 35
mph in a car. We saw a couple of beaver dams between the road and the
river. We also took a short detour over to the river.
The Stafford Creek junction comes up in about 1 1/4 miles. The grooming
is on the main road and we turned right onto the Stafford Creek Road.
There were old snowshoe tracks. With the cold temperature we were able
to keep our snowshoes on our packs. I expected the snowshoe crowd would
continue down the main road. At the Standup Creek Road I was in for a
surprise. The tracks headed up Standup Creek. That junction is at about
2 miles. The tracks were still well enough consolidated to allow for
The right side of the road had signs for a forest cut. I'm not sure if
the logging is coming soon. For some reason there are blue ribbons
hanging from trees about every 25 feet. All the way up the road. Very
strange. There is one spot where a washout come done the hillside. I
didn't even notice it coming in but it was obvious going out. It's not
huge but I'm not sure if a car can get through without it being
regraded. Although snow covered it looks like about a two foot drop on
At the Standup trailhead we found the bridge has snow up to the top of
the handrails. The top is packed down flat so it's not hard to walk
across. The snowshoe tracks seemed to end and ski tracks headed up the
Standup Trail. After a food break it was time to put on snowshoes.
Without the tracks I was postholing. Three miles down and one to go.
The Standup Road is a steady uphill grade but never steep. It looked
like there was one set of ski tracks heading up the road but it was old
and almost invisible.
Light snow began early in the trip and it grew heavier as we proceeded.
There was one tree down across the road. It has lots of branches and we
squeezed through. We ascended into the clouds and visibility out was
minimal. Near the top we passed a single larch tree right along the
road. The road ended right above the Stafford Road. We walked one mile
in and another mile right back again. I recalled a short trail to the
lookout site. It looks a bit different in the winter.
I found the start of the trail but it was quickly under snow. The snow
was hard but with snowshoe's we headed straight up. It sure seemed a
lot steeper with the hard snow than it did on a dirt trail. I reached
the top to find visibility measured in feet not miles. It was neat with
the misty ridge and falling snow. The predicted wind never did get
there. Instead of a minute on the summit we were able to sit down a
little below the top and have lunch. After 4 miles of walking we were
about 1 1/2 miles from the car in a straight line.
The trip down was much faster. We kept snowshoes on all the way to the
NF Teanaway Road. The snow was softer than in the morning. Walking
along the Stafford Road we noticed all the tall deciduous trees mixed
in with evergreens. That along with the snow lined creek was beautiful.
Back at the main road we took off snowshoes and hoofed it out. The
groomed road was still very hard. With a quarter mile to go we met a
family of three with two dogs enjoying a hike. They were the only
people we saw other than the two snowmobilers at the start. At the end
the snow was coming down harder than ever.
The drive home was not too bad. Light traffic and mostly bare pavement.
It did snow much of the way, especially west of Snoqualmie Pass. We did
not get the "several feet" of snow at the upper end of the forecast.
This was a good trip. Eight miles round trip with about 1400' of gain.
Almost zero people. Falling snow rather than rain. An excellent trip to
a view (on a clear day) with an easy route up to the last 100'. A good
trip on a winter storm warning day.
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Along The Teanaway Road
Standup Road Ski Tracks
Buried Trail Sign
Snow Filled Bridge
Upper Standup Road
Crossing Atop Bridge
Standup Road Washout
Trips - 2009