|Stormy Mountain SW ridge route as seen from Baldy Mountain (March 2015)|
A shorter winter route goes from the west side of the mountain off of road 5501, but I was unfortunately drawn to the long and sinuous SW ridge. Next time I'll just have to go back and summer when you can practically drive to the summit!
Snow conditions were good in the morning (quite firm and I didn't put on snowshoes until 4400') but by noon everything was sloppy and melting; mashed-potato mush. I wore my snowshoes all the way down to 3800' where I hit dirt. Even if I had reached the final summit ridge, which was fully exposed to the sun, I'm not sure how I would have felt about the conditions.
|Entiat River Rd, Entiat River and the beginning on Stormy's SW ridge|
|Looking up at Stormy (l) and Baldy (r), from about 3900'|
|Canid tracks were plentiful around 4500-5000'|
|Looking up the Entiat valley to the central Entiat Range on the left (Kelly, Klone, Devil's Smokestack area) and the northern Chelan Range on the right (Duncan Hill and ridge)|
|Stormy's SW ridge from 5247'|
|SW Ridge from 5321'; Point 5731' is the higher-up outcropping area in the middle of the regrowth. The north side of the ridge (left) appears to be an easy work around, though the tree regrowth is pretty dense.|
|At least the mountains are in focus|
|Pano from 5731': Fourmile Ridge on the right, Tyee Ridge on the left|
|Looking back down the ridge from 5731'|
|Following my tracks out|