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Hex Mountain - 5034'
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
8 2800' good+
Map: GT - Kachess Lake #208
USGS -Cle Elum Lake
Season: All
Hex is a good winter trip since it can be done in most all conditions.  The Salmon La Sac road is plowed to beyond Newport Creek so access is best with all wheel or 4 wheel drive.  The route we took involved a loop, up one ridge and then down another on either side of Newport Creek. In high avalanche conditions, it might be safer to ascend and descend the SW ridge where the summer trail is located, as to the east we crossed or descended open slopes.  Good views when the weather cooperates but look for snowmobiles buzzing around the east side of the creek (another reason not to do the loop I guess).
  January 21, 2007      
To the summer trailhead  
On the summer trail  
 The south ridge west of Newport Creek
Cle Elum Lake  
Further along the ridge  
 A little steeper but good
Cornices on the ridge  
Hard snow in the trees  
Group picture Hex summit
Pt. 4950 and the way back  
Nice walk to Pt. 4950  
South ridge doen  
 Domerie Ridge and Mt. Baldy
 East side of Newport Creek
Where now?  
On Salmon La Sac Road  
Follow I-90 east across Snoqualmie Pass to Hwy. 903/Bullfrog Road (just before the first Cle Elum exit).  Exit and head north through the towns of Roslyn and Ronald where Hwy. 903 becomes the Salmon La Sac Road.  Continue until you see the sign for Newport Creek.  This was a winter trip, so we parked just west of the creek bridge where a turnout was available.  In the summer, I think you can drive to the trailhead at about 3450'.
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