Absolute TNAB

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.

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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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One Response to “Absolute TNAB”

  1. Unnu says on :

    GPS trace from last night here: http://bit.ly/a9lyxT – has the lower portion of the trail in a little more detail.