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Absolute TNAB

Posted on March 25th, 2010 by Jo  |  1 Comment »

Absolute Last Promontory 2010
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Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter EWB:

TNAB Goes to the Prom

Thursday night, just over the Middle Fork Snoqualmie bridge a handful of miles up the Middle Fork road, a long caravan of custom rides deposited TNAB prom-goers, their dates, and dogs at the recently unveiled Sitka Spruce Trail. Bedecked in their finest wet-weather attire, the junior and senior revelers were to make their way through rain and mud to an inaugural celebration at the Absolute Last Promontory on Green Mountain, 3.5 miles and 2,170 vertical feet away.

At the stroke of six the cadre of eager celebrants dropped off the road and onto a beautiful rain-forest themed promenade winding through enormous spruce and maple. The trees were tastefully decorated with streamers of old man’s beard and the forest floor covered with the soft petals of emerging yellow violets, false lily-of-the-valley, coltsfoot, skunk cabbage, trilliums and more. The fast pace, twisting trail, and occasional log-crossing-of-doom kept the group on their toes as they anxiously gained ground on their ultimate destination.

Before long the beautiful ridge-winding way intersected the CCC trail and turned up Green Mountain proper, marking a subtle theme change from rain-forest softness to logging-road rock. Luckily the steepening grade, long switchbacks, and darkening skies distracted the intrepid merrymakers from the deteriorating atmosphere and wilting corsages long enough for them to gain the slab-walled Last Chance Promontory and soon after the Absolute Last Promontory, most within a couple hours of starting.

There, below a hanging talus field, in increasing rain and decreasing light, excited attendees contemplated the Last Promontory’s unique vantage while mingling, snacking, and freezing. Prom pictures were soon arranged and shot, rain gear and disco headlights donned, and late comers greeted and treated, before attention finally turned to the evening’s most anticipated event, the daunting descent dance.

Quickly spreading out along the multi-mile dance floor, TNAB partiers rocked and rolled ankles in the rainy darkness from switchback to switchback until passing back over the CCC and plunging again into the muddy depths of the Sitka Spruce Trail. There punch-drunk hoofers really cut loose on the trail’s slippery ridges with spontaneous displays of butt-break dancing, the eccentric slide, and the ever popular too-steep.

Eventually the music faded, the way leveled, and spent revelers slowly emerged from the forest. Some headed home to warm showers and soft beds, but many dried off, suited up, and crashed the after-prom party at the Pour House for some welcome food and drink. For all, it was a TNAB undoubtedly filled with special memories, only some of which will come out in the wash.

Absolutely Last to Arrive
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Absolute Last Promontory Information:

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Last Chance Promontory and the Absolute Last Promontory:  Park at the Big Concrete Bridge (approximately 2.7 miles beyond Mailbox Peak TH) and hike thru giant Spruce trees on a new trail until it reaches the CCC road.  Go left on the road briefly, then take the quick right and continue upwards 2.0 miles on the abandoned road to the Promontory points.  Last Chance is at 3000′ and then another 0.2 miles and the Absolute Last is at 2960′.  Should be around 2300′ total gain and roughly 3.8 miles one way.

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West Tiger Trio ‘the hard way’

Posted on March 18th, 2010 by Jo  |  6 Comments »

First Summit of the 2010 Season
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Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Moosefish:

Tiger321 (and then some) with TNAB**

Tiger is as Tiger does. Or as other do to Tiger. I’m sure it’s a lovely mountain, but it’s… well… Tiger. To make it a little more interesting I planned to start at the Chirico trailhead and tag Poo Poo Point before traversing over to Tiger 3 to meet the others coming up the Cable Line from High Point. Too bad the weather was so nice. It meant the paragliders were out in force and the parking lot was packed.Backup option: The Sunset trailhead. Of course, with no maps and only a vague idea where I was going to go it was a bit adventurous to try that. Not so adventurous as to warrant a sign that read, “Adventure Trail.” Nonetheless, there was the sign. Covered in moss it almost looked like it really was going to be adventurous, but in fact it wasn’t. A nice trail, but not an adventure. Especially not when it started dropping in elevation and turned from a nice trail through the woods into the High School “trail” that was more like a road.

I found the right turn and started up the Section Line trail. I’d heard horror stories about the Section Line, but it wasn’t so bad. Besides, I was a manly hiker. At least until I was about half way. Then it got serious and decided to let me know that it was done screwing around.

On Mailbox you suffer for the first few thousand feet, but are rewarded with the glory of the top 1,000 feet with views and an alpine experience. No such luck with the Section Line. Just when you think you’re about done you join the Cable Line and then you’re on the relatively lame summit of Tiger 3. Wee.

And it wasn’t like we were alone, either. We were about 12. Another group, also kicking off their after-work hiking season, was reported at 55. And there were two other groups both larger than us. Tiger was full of us. Poor Tiger. Poor us.

We didn’t linger on Tiger 3 and made quick work of Tigers 2 and 1, then back to Tiger 2 before we started down. We followed the same route down I did a month ago with Scott and Rich, but joined the Cable Line instead of winding up at the other end of the High Point exit.

Eric had also started at Sunset so we shadowed Scott and Josie to their car and conned a ride back to Sunset before winding up at the Issaquah Brew Pub for dinner.

The season is well kicked off with a 7.3 mile, 3,600 foot opening night.

**Note from Jo: due to the ‘suckage’ of the Cable Line Trail (my opinion, of course) several adventurous TNABers headed up Tiger from their own starting points or ‘pre-NABed’ to get a jump on the evening.

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West Tiger Trio Information:

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West Tiger Trio: approx 6-7 miles round trip and 3,000′+ elevation gain

NOAA Weather Forecast for Tiger: click here

Google Driving directions from Seattle to Cable line Trail head:
16.1 mi– about 17 mins (up to 25 mins in traffic)

I-90 E
1. Head east on I-90 E
15.5 mi
2. Take exit 20 toward High Point Way
0.3 mi
3. Turn right at 270th Ave SE
75 ft
4. Turn right at SE 79th St

Destination will be on the left
0.3 mi
SE 79th St

cableline parking

Park along the road just before the gate entrance to Traditions Plateau Parking Lot

2009 West Tiger Torture Trip Report

2008 West Tiger Trio Trip Report