Archive for July, 2009

Surveying the 3 Peaks of Guye

Posted on July 30th, 2009 by Jo  |  8 Comments »

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2009 Zephyr on North Summit of Guye

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2009 Guye Peaks

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temp: snoqualmie pass was 87 degrees with 30% humidity at 6pm according to weather.com

Trip report, comments & additional pictures on NWHikers.net ~ special thanks to Magnum for this week’s write-up

Guye Peak Information:

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Distance & Elevation: 2.5 miles round trip and 2400′ gain

We will follow the same route as to Snoqualmie Mountain but around 4200′-4300′ the terrain will flatten slightly (sort of a trail intersection with Snoqualmie Mtn to left and Guye Peak to the right).  Rising traverse through talus to the right and you will work your way farther up the mountain.  Boot path becomes a bit better defined up higher. Last year there was a small tarn next to the trail before the final ridge climb, then continue to follow the boot path to the North Summit. There is a straight forward Class 2 scramble to the northern (easiest) summit but if you want to tag all 3 summits please be capable of Class 3 scrambling on exposed rock.  There are a couple of tricky spots getting to the Middle summit and the South summit (actual high point). Rope may be placed for an assist, no harnesses necessary.

NOAA Weather: click here

NW forest parking pass is required at the TH

Driving Directions:

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Meet at Southeast end of Alpental parking lot

2008 Guye Peak TR: click here

Hauling Up Silver Peak & More

Posted on July 23rd, 2009 by Jo  |  9 Comments »

2009 Silver Peak

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Other Peaks Summit by Assorted TNABers: West Tinkham, East Tinkham, Abiel

Trip report, comments & additional pictures on NWHikers.net ~ special thanks to zephyr for this week’s write-up

Silver Peak Information:

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Distance & Elevation: 6 miles round trip and 2000′ gain

NOAA Weather: click here

Driving Directions:

Going in via Windy Pass (Road 9070 that winds thru the Hyak ski area).  Road goes thru a gate and past a small sewage plant.  Drive up the road for about 5 1/2 miles until the terrain flattens out in a large clear cut area.  PCT trail cuts thru here.  Trail is off to the left/south.  It is just beyond the other minor trailhead that goes off to the right to Mt Catherine.

Trailhead is around 3850′ elevation.  Subtle turn up the hill to get to the saddle between Tinkham, Abiel and Silver; usually rock cairn on right side of trail around 4300′.  It is only about 1 1/2 miles to the turn up the hillside; easy to miss so be sure to keep an eye out for it.

2008 Silver Peak TR: click here

Hiking It’s Kilt on McClellan Butte

Posted on July 14th, 2009 by Jo  |  1 Comment »

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Trip report, comments & additional pictures on NWHikers.net ~ special thanks to Magnum for this week’s write-up

McClellan Butte Information:

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Black line is Road 9020, blue is hiking trail

Distance & Elevation: 7.3 miles round trip and 3300′ gain

NOAA Weather: click here

Driving Directions:

We’ll be using the shortcut by driving up FS Road 9020 towards Alice Creek.  Take Exit 38, turn right at bottom of exit and head east on the paved road.  Go past Olallie State Park.  Just before the road gets back close to I-90 (and where the entrance to the Fire Training Center is), look for a gravel road off to the right.  Should be about 1.8 miles from the exit.  It is Road 9020 but I don’t think there is a road number at the turn.  Stay on that gravel road for approx 2.7 miles as it climbs up the hillside, dipping beneath the big power lines several times.  Look for hiking trail off to your right (road is slightly wider here and cars park along the shoulder).  If you go 1/4 mile too far, you’ll hit the dead end at the wash-out at Alice Creek.  We intersect the official trail at the parking area  – elevation around 2200′.

2008 McClellan Butte TR: click here

Kickin’ It Into Overdrive Up Kendall

Posted on July 9th, 2009 by Jo  |  2 Comments »

First Time TNABer on Kendal

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Thanks to the Pre-NABers and Dog Wranglers for being considerate of the rules & regulations of the mountains as our adventures extend into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Areas. TNAB and trail etiquette go hand in hand, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation. Thank goodness there is no speed limit out there!

Trip report, comments & additional pictures on NWHikers.net ~ special thanks to Yukon222 for this week’s write-up

Kendall Peak Information:

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Our intended route via Commonwealth Creek – red track on the map.  Green line is the main (much longer) route via the PCT. Park at the main trail head and head up the PCT trail for 50′ or so.  Look for unofficial boot path off to your left through brush.  Expect 1 or 2 creek crossings farther in before rejoining the PCT trail halfway up the mountain.  Just past the set of switchbacks around 5300′, leave the trail and climb steep grassy slope to the ridge line a 100 yards left/north of the summit.  Simple ridge walk over to the summit.

Distance & Elevation:  9.2 miles round trip and 3050′ gain

NOAA Weather: click here

Driving Directions:

NW Forest Pass required to park

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We’ll be taking off from the main PCT trailhead at Snoq Pass where you take the Alpental exit but then turn right on the small forest road near the highway, before you start heading very far towards Alpental. Park at the lower area with the clearly signed trail head.

2008 Kendall Peak TR: click here

Bookin’ It Up Bryant Peak

Posted on July 2nd, 2009 by Jo  |  5 Comments »

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Trip report, comments & additional pictures on NWHikers.net ~ special thanks to Kirbinator for this week’s write-up

Bryant Peak Information:

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Please note that the last 1/2 mile from Hemlock Pass up to Bryant Peak is NOT on trail (crosscountry travel – a bit of bushwhacking).  About 100 yards past Hemlock Pass, veer to the right up minor talus field in small draw.

Distance & Elevation: 7.6 miles round trip and 3600′ gain

NOAA Weather: click here

Seattle PI Driving Directions:

NW Forest Pass required to park

From Seattle, take I-90 east to Exit 47 (before Snoqualmie Pass). Turn left at the stop sign, and cross to the north (left) side of the freeway. At the “T,” stay right on Road No. 58, and pass Denny Creek Campground at about three miles. A short distance past the campground, turn left onto a .2-mile road (No. 5830)