Saturday, February 25, 2017

Humpback Mountain 5174', I-90

Quick snowshoe with Ben; decent snow down low with 6-10" of powder on a solid base above ~4,000'. So how about that "sunny until 4pm" forecast...?

South Fork Snoqualmie River, McClellan Butte
On the upper, more-enjoyable section of the NW ridge
The upper ridge; Ben's photo
Humpback Mountain 5174'
Ben's photo
Ben's photo
Leaving the summit; Ben's photo

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Granite-Tusk o Granite loop, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

A quick winter trip I'd never got around to. Conditions were perfect for the winter route, wearing spikes car-to-car. Early start helped with firm conditions on the climb up, snow was either wind blown or in wind drifts on the ridge over to Tusk with the Olallie Lake trail being totally packed down.

Yeah, don't go the summer route...
Ben about halfway up the winter route section
Before the last section to the lookout
Granite Mountain lookout 5629'
Glacier Peak behind Chair Peak
Easterly flow inversion?
Granite from Tusk o Granite

Monday, November 28, 2016

Chikamin Ridge road-trail, OkaWen NF

A month out of the mountains will make you do desperate things...first day in snowshoes always is a butt kicker.

Started off at ~3800' on road 6210, just shy of the Basalt Pass TH
Chikamin Ridge road 6210

Chikamin Tie TH
Chikamin Tie trail around 5000'

Looking up toward the Entiat Ridge trail
Basically unconsolidated knee-deep+ around 5500'

Heading back down...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

American Ridge, William O. Douglas Wilderness

Eric and I had been planning to bust the rust off of our snowshoes, but as the weekend neared it seemed more prudent to get another day in without starting the season of snow wallowing. We ended up doing a loop on American Ridge where Eric wanted to tick off some little, rarely-visited P400 peaks past Goat Peak:

-Goat Peak 6473' p833
-Peak 6196' p477
-Peak 6320' p480
-Peak 6240' p400

We started off from the Goat Peak trailhead (well maintained), continued on American Ridge hitting the peaks along the way (some blowdowns through the middle section) and then took multiple elk trails down from 6240' to meet the Kettle Creek trail (few blowdowns) around 4750', closing the loop with the Pleasant Valley trail (well maintained). Snowline was 5500', melting on exposed slopes and approximately 4-6" in shaded areas.

17.1 miles, 5656' gain
Western Larch on the Goat Peak trail
More larch
Looking north to the Stuart-Enchantment ranges
American River valley and Rainier
Pano from Goat Peak
Eric on Goat Peak

Looking southeast toward Bumping Lake, Goat Rocks and Mt. Adams
Larch in the American River valley
Eric midway along American Ridge
Looking at the last little summit of the day, Peak 6240'
A Fay Pullen register! And no visitors...
Eric on 6240'
5'-diameter larch along the Pleasant Valley trail