Forum Index > Trail Talk > West Foss Lakes
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
Eaglecadd
Member
Member


Joined: 05 Feb 2010
Posts: 164 | TRs
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
Eaglecadd
  Top

Member
PostWed Jun 24, 2020 12:52 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Hi all, I'm going up West Foss Lakes and looping over to Necklace Lakes in 2 1/2 Weeks. I would sure appreciate any information you can pass on about snow and trail conditions. Also wondering if there are any campsites at Malachite Lake? How about climbing route to Malachite Peak?
Thanks for your help.
David

--------------
Hike until you Drop!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
SwitchbackFisher
Boot buster



Joined: 24 Feb 2018
Posts: 354 | TRs
Location: Wa
SwitchbackFisher
  Top

Boot buster
PostWed Jun 24, 2020 1:46 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
It's a great loop, I have never hit malachite peak. I don't even remember if malachite had campsites I just took a peak as a short detour on my way up. Tons of information on this loop just use the search function.

--------------
I may not be the smartest, I may not be the strongest, but I don't want to be. I only want to be the best I can be.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Jeff
Ramen Elitist



Joined: 18 Aug 2008
Posts: 3000 | TRs
Location: Someone get me out of Everett, WA
Jeff
  Top

Ramen Elitist
PostWed Jun 24, 2020 3:42 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
It's been a long time, but I did Malachite. I recall some considerable bushwhacking, steep snow, and the route felt sort of like class 4 and insecure. I was pretty new to that sort of thing though.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Waterman
Member
Member


Joined: 21 Mar 2015
Posts: 344 | TRs
Location: Big Snow Quadrangle
Waterman
  Top

Member
PostWed Jun 24, 2020 5:27 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
There's sites to the left as you get to the lake.

As for the high route it will be challenging with alot of snow

--------------
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Eaglecadd
Member
Member


Joined: 05 Feb 2010
Posts: 164 | TRs
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
Eaglecadd
  Top

Member
PostWed Jun 24, 2020 6:46 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Yeah, looks like plenty of snow this year. We will have to judge snow and safety considerations when we get there. We are researching a second route over to Opal lake area on the low side by the lakes if the high route is too difficult. May also go over to Mt. Hinman and Mt Daniel. Hoping to see the glacier.

Thanks All,
David

--------------
Hike until you Drop!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
puzzlr
Mid Fork Rocks



Joined: 13 Feb 2007
Posts: 6674 | TRs
Location: Stuck in the middle
puzzlr
  Top

Mid Fork Rocks
PostWed Jun 24, 2020 9:18 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
The final scramble/climb to the summit of Malachite is facing southwest. Because it's mostly rock I'd expect some of the area around the summit to be melted out by now. That's what I've been seeing on other peaks in the central cascades of about the same elevation. Snow conditions are have been really good lately. The basin and ramp on the west just before getting to the summit block will probably be a pretty steep snow traverse and there are cliffs below so no runout. If I had to decide, I'd say overall Malachite is do-able if you're comfortable on steep snow, and maybe better than late in the year when there's a lot of tedious talus.

you'll be climbing/traversing that upper snow ramp with more snow than this July 21, 2019 shot. There's more snow this year.
you'll be climbing/traversing that upper snow ramp with more snow than this July 21, 2019 shot. There's more snow this year.

Can't help with the campsite question.

--------------
Mid Fork Rocks flickr
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
skiorkayak
Member
Member


Joined: 09 Feb 2013
Posts: 48 | TRs

skiorkayak
  Top

Member
PostWed Jun 24, 2020 11:13 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Yes, Malachite Lake has campsites. We installed a toilet there 6 years ago as part of an Eagle Scout project, hopefully that is still in decent shape too. Let me know if you get up there.
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Reply to topic Reply with quote
Sky Hiker
Member
Member


Joined: 03 Feb 2007
Posts: 1106 | TRs
Location: outside
Sky Hiker
  Top

Member
PostThu Jun 25, 2020 5:43 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
So you plan to take the high route this time of the year?
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Mike Collins
Member
Member


Joined: 18 Dec 2001
Posts: 2707 | TRs

Mike Collins
  Top

Member
PostThu Jun 25, 2020 7:43 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Do you really live in Hawaii? The link will take you to a trip report from my climb of Malachite twenty years ago. I did the climb in mid-July and definitely used an ice axe and recommend crampons for the high-angled snow. It is more complex than a walk-up. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/tripreport-2000072208
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Eaglecadd
Member
Member


Joined: 05 Feb 2010
Posts: 164 | TRs
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
Eaglecadd
  Top

Member
PostThu Jun 25, 2020 1:43 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Hi All, Thanks for the input. Glad to know about the climb conditions, yes I do live in Hawaii now but born and raised in Puget Sound Region. We are planning to do the whole West Foss and cross over to Tank Lakes and down the Necklace trail. Hopefully get up into Hinman and maybe Daniels area, too. If The high route over to Opal Lake area is too iffy, we will go low by Otter Lake is then up to the higher lakes.

--------------
Hike until you Drop!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Sky Hiker
Member
Member


Joined: 03 Feb 2007
Posts: 1106 | TRs
Location: outside
Sky Hiker
  Top

Member
PostFri Jun 26, 2020 5:08 am 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Hope you are prepared for snow
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
Eaglecadd
Member
Member


Joined: 05 Feb 2010
Posts: 164 | TRs
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
Eaglecadd
  Top

Member
PostFri Jun 26, 2020 7:07 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Absolutely ready for snow. Ice axe and crampons at the ready.

--------------
Hike until you Drop!
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Trail Talk > West Foss Lakes
Jump to:   
Search this topic:

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum
   Use Disclaimer Powered by phpBB Privacy Policy