Archive for July, 2010

Defying Deet

Posted on July 29th, 2010 by Jo  |  6 Comments »

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Mt Defiance Information:

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We’ll take Exit 45 and Road 9031 up to the Ira Spring TH. Route will be up the Old Trail to Mason Lake, then up to Mt Defiance. The red line is an approximation of our route.

Distance & Elevation: estimate 7.2 miles round trip and 3450′ elevation gain

NOAA Weather: click here

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2009 Mt Defiance TR: click here
2008 Mt Defiance TR: click here

Cool Weather on Kendall

Posted on July 21st, 2010 by Jo  |  3 Comments »

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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.

2009 Kendall Peak TR: click here
2008 Kendall Peak TR: click here

Snoqualmie Stunts

Posted on July 15th, 2010 by Jo  |  Comments Off

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Views from Snoqualmie Mtsummit shot with a few guys missing
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Snoqualmie Mt Information:

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Distance & Elevation: estimate 3.5 miles round trip and 3100′ elevation gain

NOAA Weather: click here

Driving Directions:

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2009 Snoqualmie Mt TR: click here
2008 Snoqualmie Mt TR: click here

Bite Me McClellan Butte

Posted on July 8th, 2010 by Jo  |  Comments Off

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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′.

2009 McClellan Butte TR: click here
2008 McClellan Butte TR: click here

Almost Red

Posted on July 1st, 2010 by Jo  |  Comments Off

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Special Thanks to Guest Trip Reporter Zephyr:

Pre-NAB’ing alone, I left the trailhead at 4:30 so that I would arrive near the summit about the same time as the main party.  The weather was dreary, not too cold, but drizzly rain and low clouds.
I did not go up the PCT, but took the old abandoned Commonwealth Basin trail.  It was fairly wet the first few miles in the brush, rain pants and gaiters were a necessity.
The “trail” crosses the creek early on and goes up the middle of the basin.  But the water was high and I didn’t want to wade. I chose to stay on the right side of the creek all the way to the junction with the PCT.  I still had to cross several creeks along that side coming from Kendall Ridge.
It was very challenging getting through the Basin. The creek was up and the snow was pretty deep in many places.  Made it across the creek and then proceeded west toward the ridge, but could not stay on trail–too much snow/debris and confusion.  I just headed for the ridge and eventually found my way up to the trail.  I would not have known or tried this but for my two trips last year–one to Red Pass around the Solstice, then the August trip to Red Mtn with TNAB.
The rain slackened as I made my way up the valley and got above the lower clouds along the ridge up towards the pass.
Yet another layer of cloud/fog hung over Red Mountain and surrounding peaks.  I could only see Guye and parts of Snoqualmie Mtn occasionally, same with the Kendall Ridge area.
I reached the level area before Red Pond around 6:00.  I wasn’t sure where to go up, so I climbed a steep snow field on the western slope as far as I could then ambled easterly toward the rocks until I found a boot path. I got pretty high and still no sign of TNAB.
Finally at 7:30′ish, I saw them down below arriving at the level area.  I hollered down and waved.  It was Zeusdaddy with the labs and some other guys.  They saw me and headed up.
I still kept climbing.  It was pretty rough going with the choss and wetness, then the fog.  I got very  close to the summit I believe.  I had to climb through some trees at one point.  Then another set of trees with a very steep snowfield on the left and a rocky ridge edge on the right.  The fog was fairly dense and it was pretty cold.  My hands locked up.  I tried the snowfield and realized immediately that a slip could be quick and very dangerous, so I turned back.  There were boot prints there–several/many days old.  But to do it would require traction, ice axe and maybe a belay.  None of which I had.
Soon I heard Zeusdaddy yelling up to me that they were turning back.  I hollered down at them to wait for me. We regrouped farther down with Onetwolaughs, International Joe, ewb, Orion, Andy, the labs and Zeusdaddy.  It was approaching 8:00 pm – So glad we got down in the failing light and deteriorating conditions.
We hustled down to the basin, crossed the creek and stopped at the junction with PCT.  There I chose to take the long way down via a solid trail rather than struggle through all the snow, water and post holes. Onetwolaughs and ewb joined me.  Zeusdaddy said he would have gone that that way too, but they needed to go back the way they came to make sure any trailers made it out. They had seen another TNABer in the lower basin on the way up. The rest of the guys went with him.
We climbed up that grade before the long switchback down to the trail head.  Then at the Alpine Lakes Wilderness sign, ewb ran on ahead.  Under the canopy, it got very dark and foggy at times.  Eventually Onetwolaughs and I arrived at the parking lot.  We were the very last cars to leave–so obviously everyone made it out.
I was much too tired and wet to join them at the PourHouse, so I drove home. Still it was great to see everyone on the trail–good spirits even in those conditions. ~~zephyr~~

Red Mountain Information:

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Park at the main trail head and head up the PCT trail for 50 yards or so.  Look for unofficial boot path off to your left through brush.  Expect 1 or 2 creek crossings farther as you continue on the common wealth basin trail. The trail splits with the right branch heading back towards the PCT, but instead follow the signage towards Red Pass. After you make the jog to the left on the hillside while still on the trail (just above Red Pond) head directly up slope to the summit (don’t go to Red Pass at all). It is a freestyle up the 30° face for 800′ vertical, no real path, just meander your way up.

Distance & Elevation: 6 miles round trip and 2800′ gain

NOAA Weather: click here

NW forest parking pass is required at the TH

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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.

**Bring your ‘brain buckets’ and remember to be cautious of rock fall on those below you**

2009 Red Mt TR: click here
2008 Red Mt TR: click here