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PostFri Sep 06, 2019 11:55 pm 
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I used to think this was a fairly "easy" route (NFK Snoqualmie).  Funny how everything 15 years ago seemed so easy and now "who am I kidding"? clown.gif  The Mountaineers have a short route description for Lennox Mountain that is fairly accurate, other than neglecting to mention the scrub on the rib is more perverse than the initial brush.  For Coney I prefer to get off the rib and hop talus to the pass at 4800', then traverse the backside of Lennox.  Coney wasn't as pretty today with weather rolling in but still worth the effort.  Only had 30 minutes to savor to make it back before dark.  In hindsight should have made it an overnight.  Left the car at 10:15 AM and back by 7:45 PM.  The NFK is legendary for its brush should you get the least bit off route and my legs can attest.

Lone NFK victim
Lone NFK victim
Good luck with that
Good luck with that
Logging survivors
Logging survivors
Initial brush easing
Initial brush easing
Tall firs
Tall firs
Open forest (much steeper than it looks)
Open forest (much steeper than it looks)
Jumping off the rib at first opportunity
Jumping off the rib at first opportunity
Natural pergola
Natural pergola
Talus river
Talus river
Phelps
Phelps
Approaching pass
Approaching pass
Talus backside
Talus backside
Rock meadows
Rock meadows
Slabby goodness
Slabby goodness
Crosby to Baring from slabs
Crosby to Baring from slabs
Coney pano
Coney pano
Upper pot
Upper pot
Views to SE
Views to SE
Pano from upper pot
Pano from upper pot
Weather
Weather
Leaving upper pot
Leaving upper pot
Colorful slippery slab
Colorful slippery slab
Crosby to Townsend
Crosby to Townsend
Phelps from high talus return
Phelps from high talus return
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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 12:40 am 
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Cool Tom! Iíve only been to Coney Lake in April when it was all snowed in, but your pictures remind me that Iíd like to get back there during summer sometime.
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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 4:53 am 
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Same here, been to that side of Lennox 4 times, but always in snow. Always took the Miller River route.  Thanks!
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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 6:32 am 
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Very nice. I've only seen it mostly frozen over too and in late summer. Pic from Sept 8, 2011.

Coney Lake still frozen in.
Coney Lake still frozen in.
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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 7:27 am 
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It is, my all time favorite destination. Hopefully the Thunder Mountain Lakes crowd won't find their way in there

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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 7:39 am 
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I've only done it via Kanim and it was a serious workout 40 years ago.... but gorgeous then and now.
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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 8:14 am 
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I donít think I have ever seen a picture of Coney without snow


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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 9:17 am 
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Ive been in via Bear Mountain lakes.  I wonder which route is easier?  On the Bear route there is no brush, although it might be a bit longer.  I need to get back in there.  Nice work Tom.  My only question would have been the late start.  Thanks for the report.

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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 10:21 am 
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Nice pictures of the lake, Tom. Did you use your Pixel for those?
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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 10:41 am 
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Nancy, yes, all with the Pixel 3.  Can't beat the convenience and the processing is so good (especially the auto HDR+ not blowing out highlights) I don't bother to pull out the fancy camera much.

BPG, I don't think it will become a TML.  Most prefer to climb Lennox early season due to the brush and scrub.  There is no trail or even an obvious bootpath - someone that doesn't know what they are doing is going to get swallowed by the NFK's finest.  I wouldn't bring anyone that isn't OK with bushwhacking, steep XC travel, veggie belay, duff, and hopping a lot of talus.

BPJ, the forecast indicated a chance of rain early morning. I figured there would be dew even if it hadn't rained so didn't want to get soaked by brush starting too early.  I didn't think it would take me as long as it did.  Original plan was to return via Lennox but I didn't want to risk navigating down solo in the dark.  If you don't hit the end of the road just right you get swallowed by brush.  As far as preferred route, I think I liked the way I did it the first time going in via Paradise Lakes and looping back via Lennox, just for variety.
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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 1:49 pm 
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Great to see a few reports from you after the long break.   smile.gif

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PostSat Sep 07, 2019 3:17 pm 
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Thanks for the report and pics.....  Coney has been a favorite hike for many years.   I think the traverse from the Bare Mtn ridge is longer but more enjoyable.  Here are two pics from September 1997 via that route.
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 5:03 am 
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Did you see any fish in the lake surfacing or swimming by?
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 10:07 am 
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The thing is like so many Trip reports there could almost be a disclaimer as some people wont realize what they are getting in for. I Have been there 3 times in different routes and you can like almost anywhere get yourself in a predicament. A lot of times the fish don't last long in this lake weather it be to very late thaw out or lake of food. Great write up and pictures thanks for posting.
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