Hauling Up Silver Peak & More

2009 Silver Peak

chrisjen photo used with permission, please respect all copyrights

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

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9 Responses to “Hauling Up Silver Peak & More”

  1. Erik says on :

    Can we do this thru Annette Lake?

  2. yukon says on :

    I won’t be there tomorrow night as I’ll be leaving for a 3 day climb very early Friday morning.

    TNAB does it thru the Silver saddle as often times, some of the speedier TNABsters run ahead and do a double – tag Tinkham and then Silver. Or do Abiel and Silver. Or really go for it and do Tinkham, Abiel and Silver.

  3. Malachai says on :

    We used to do it from Annette early in the season when the slope is snow covered. This time of the year the slope from Annette is miserable scree which is hazardous with our present party sizes. Besides it is more fun to knock off Abiel or Tinkham than slide around on steep dirt.

  4. Stefan says on :

    got ride? anyone… thanks (in advance (but not of the broken arm*

    also – straight up the middle, follow the creek into the basin from Windy Pass looks enticing if anyone’s up for it. Looks scenic, if not speedy,- though maybe that too.

    *art-see duchamp ref riff.. couldn’t resist

  5. ewb says on :

    I drove up to check the 9070 road today. Potholes and some wash channels before the Cold Creek “trailhead” (i.e., the big sharp right hander at about 2,900′, home of the Cold Creek/Twin Lakes trail sign), all very easily overcome in my mid-sized rental. However, beyond that, a large road-crossing gully, more washouts, and other obstacles proved too much. I’d do it, or at least try, in my 4WD CRV, but not in a car.

    So, I’m going with Plan B, which will involve more climbing and a few extra miles, but lots of scenery. PM me on NWHikers if you want details, otherwise I’ll see you on top!

  6. Magellan says on :

    Can’t do this one, nephews need watching. Sorry to hear a car can’t negotiate this one. Hopefully they fix it soon. Pick up any hitchhikers you see at the washout!

  7. Stefan says on :

    oh great! angry bugs waiting at the trailhead, economy car eating potholes, still no ride…

    I dunno, may have to toss a coin

  8. runningbird says on :

    Wow, Last winter left so many roads washed out except for the big vehicles. Thinking of you guys
    -Peggy

  9. Erik says on :

    Last minute decision here not to go. I have a huge blister on my heel and I don’t want an infection.