Salmon La Sac | Teanaway
7.65 miles, roundtrip
(This is from what we recorded on a Garmin Fenix 6x)
Gain: 2793 ft.
Highest Point: 5010 ft.
Hex Mountain, a very popular hike in the Summer, provides excellent views of the Enchantments and the Teanaways. If you go during the offseason, your likelihood of having the place to yourself increases dramatically.
Fair warning, this area can be prone to ticks during the Spring and early Summer, so make sure to bring a tick kit with you just in case.
You'll find the trailhead at Forest Road 116, which will have a closed gate blocking the road. Make sure to park to the side so that there is plenty of room to turn around and people can access their driveways.
You'll be following the road for 1.7 miles. You do not want to take any side roads/trails, follow the main road until you find a sign for Hex Mountain. When the snow is melted out, helpful hikers usually leave cairns or sticks pointing you in the right direction.
The trail will follow the spine of the ridge, and there will be a couple old gravel road crossings but you can see the trail to follow the entire time.
Previous Fire Damage on Hex Mountain
You'll notice along the hike that some areas are damaged by fire. This area had a large wildfire back in 2017 called the Jolly Mountain Wildfire. It took a lot of resources to fight that fire, and the changing of seasons into the Winter months helped to contain the fire from spreading too far.
While seeing the burns is sad, it does open up room for wildflowers to blossom, which gives you extra benefits to hiking the trail.
Once you reach the top, you'll have a 360 degree view all around you. Looking Northeast you will see Mt Stuart and the Enchantments, while Southwest will give you views of Mt Rainier on a clear day.
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