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Joe Watt Canyon — Tuesday, May. 5, 2020

Snoqualmie Region

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

We came out to hike Robinson Canyon - Ainsley Canyon (and wrote it up separately) but finished that one up a little sooner than expected - so decided to make the day a two-fer. Like our first hike, thanks to numerous wide tracks headed in several directions, this is a great area if you want to get outside at little risk of coming too close to any potential two-legged disease vectors.* That said, you will need to open a gate to get in. My guess it's relatively low risk, but if you're worried, bring Purell.

*Sadly, can't say the same for insects. Just found a tick that must have spent about seven hours on my leg. Check yoself.

WTA does not really give a description for this hike, and that's fine. We kind of just showed up and wandered. We aimed for a promising ridgeline for some views, but just as we were about to reach the top, we noticed rainclouds incoming (and checking the forecast confirmed we should expect a downpour within the half hour) so we hustled back to our car.

So if you're looking for a specific hike on a certain trail to reach some special destination -- I can't promise this is the place to come. (It might be; I just don't know.) But if you're looking for somewhere to get outside safely and enjoy some spring flowers, Joe Watt Canyon (or any of the adjacent canyons accessed via this same trailhead) should do nicely.