Archive for June, 2010

Celebrating Summer

Posted on June 24th, 2010 by Jo  |  Comments Off

2010
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Granite Mt Information:

granite-gps

*map is an approximation of our route, which may follow the boulder field near the top as opposed to dropping into the basin (snow permitting).

Distance & Elevation: 8.6 miles with 3800′ elevation gain

NOAA Weather: click here

NWForest Pass Required for Parking

Driving directions to Pratt Lake Trail Head:
44.0 mi – about 41 mins
I-90, Seattle, King, Washington 98144
1. Head east on I-90
4.0 mi
2. Take the exit onto I-90 E toward Issaquah/Spokane
39.0 mi
3. Take exit 47 toward NFD 5800 Rd
0.5 mi
4. Turn left at NFD 5800 Rd
0.1 mi
5. Turn left at National Forest Develop Rd 9034

Destination will be on the left
0.3 mi
Pratt Trail Head

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Granite Mt TR 2009: click here
Granite Mt TR 2008 winter: click here
Granite Mt TR 2008 summer: click here

Above Annette

Posted on June 17th, 2010 by Jo  |  2 Comments »

2010
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Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Yukon:

Cool, cloudy and wet. While the calendar said June, the conditions looked like early November. We pounded out a quick pace to a spot just before the lake in just under an hour. The rains had held off at that point and we started the bushwhack up the steep hillside with visions in our heads of a possible sunset view. Well, OK, maybe delusional visions.

Forest gave way to steep talus mixed with snow and scree. Kickstepping went well in the snow until the talus decided to make the ascent a bit more difficult by cutting the snow in half. We pushed up higher and higher while the clouds dropped lower and lower. Time began to run out on us and the gloomy fog didn’t help either. A few decided the summit could wait for another day when the wonderful views could be enjoyed. The less sane individuals continued to believe there might be summit views and endured the biting wind, damp fog and postholing up to the summit. Quick summit pic and we returned back along the north ridgeline.

After traversing for a bit, two nice glissade opportunities opened up and down we went into the fog. Short trains of snow slid along with us and actually provided enough cushion to float over the top of a couple tips of rock. Back on trail by the lake just before dark and then the normal long trudge back to the TH on the always longer homeward trek.

Silver Mt Information:

silver-via-annette-th

Distance & Elevation: approx 7 mi & 3600ft elevation gain

Current NOAA Weather: Annette Lake

Northwest Forest Pass Required for parking

Google Driving Directions:

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It’s Pouring on Pratt

Posted on June 10th, 2010 by Jo  |  4 Comments »

2010
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Pratt Mt Information:

pratt

*map is an approximation of Pratt via Talapus/Olallie Lake

Distance & Elevation: estimate 5 miles round trip and 2200 ft elev gain

NOAA Weather: click here

4wd may be required to access the trail head. If you need a lift up the rough parts please get to the base of the hill by 5:35 and hopefully someone can grab you on their way by. As usual we’ll meet at the trail at 5:45 and head up by 6pm.

NW Forest Pass required to park

Google Driving Directions to NFD 9030 Rd :

45.2 mi– about 51 mins

I-90, Seattle, King, Washington 98144
1. Head east on I-90
4.0 mi
2. Take the exit onto I-90 E toward Issaquah/Spokane
37.1 mi
3. Take exit 45 toward USFS Rd 9030
0.3 mi
4. Turn left at Lookout Point Rd
0.9 mi
5. Turn right at NFD 9030 Rd
3.0 mi
Unknown road

getting-to-pratt

2009 Pratt Mt TR: click here
2008 Pratt Mt TR: click here

♫On Top of Mt Margaret♪

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by Jo  |  2 Comments »

2010
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Mt Margaret Information: to be added