Forum Index > Trip Reports > Mt Pilchuck (MLH) 06/09/07   Part 1
Previous :: Next Topic  
Author Message
Elvis
Shuffl'n



Joined: 09 Jun 2004
Posts: 1801 | TRs
Location: del Boca Vista
Elvis
Shuffl'n
PostSat Jun 09, 2007 10:20 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
Obviously a popular destination... but this was my first visit to Mt. Pilchuck.  8Buck had been here before, but not when there was snow on the trail.

I don't think a lot has changed since the last Trip Report in mid-May.

Snow level is higher since then but the more than half the distance and elevation remains snow-covered.

Beware of the thinning snow bridges down low.

The lower part of the Pilchuck road is pretty washboardy up until you reach the Heather Lake trail.  After that it is much smoother most of the way to the trail head.

Upon our arrival at 10:00am on this wet and 'forecasted to get worse' day there were only 4 other vehicles in the lot - based on what I had heard I was expecting many more.  By the time we returned to our vehicle the lot certainly had more than 20 vehicles.  Whoa!

8Buck and I were well prepared for the weather and the conditions, but many of the people we passed on the trail clearly weren't expecting this much snow (or wind... or rain near as I can tell).

We did come across a few groups that had realized they were not prepared for the current conditions and made the wise choice to turn around.  Others, equally unprepared, clearly decided to proceed onward.   shakehead.gif   I suppose I can still remember the days when I was that invincible so I'll spare you all the soapbox.

We were hoping the weather would cooperate a little bit, despite the forecast.  It didn't.  Forecasts like this are not usually good news when looking to summit a mountain, but it did give both of us a chance to test out our new rain gear.  I'm pleased with my North Face Prophecy purchase, while 8Buck was much less satisfied with the performance of his rainwear.
I always meet Cairn on the trail...
I always meet Cairn on the trail...
Pilchuck Snag
Pilchuck Snag
Pilchuck Scenery
Pilchuck Scenery

Ultimately, we cut the trip short today for a reasons, including raingear and summit view issues.   eyes.gif   Thus... this is just Part 1.  Hopefully Part 2 will follow within a month.

Half expecting this to happen, we were prepared to complete the day with a trip to Heather Lake.  Well... by the time we reached the Heather Lake TH, the car was warm, the wet gear was in a big pile and it was pouring cats and dogs with no end in sight.

We did the honorable thing that any wet but unquenched hiker would do:  Grande Coffee from Sbux... but not until after I finally remembered to stop and grab this excellent shot:
Frankelvis or Elvistein?
Frankelvis or Elvistein?

Anyone else see this thing?   lol.gif

Finally arrived back home... no more rain.   doh.gif

--------------
"Ill habits gather unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas."  ~John Dryden
My Trip List
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
dacker
little black dots



Joined: 27 Sep 2006
Posts: 733 | TRs
Location: the end of my rope
dacker
little black dots
PostSat Jun 09, 2007 10:37 pm 
Reply to topic Reply with quote
You didn't go to Heather Lake in the rain? Pity! I still remember the soakfest from last March. A most memorable day.   winksmile.gif

--------------
We don't stop hiking because we grow old; we grow old because we stop hiking. --Finis Mitchell
Back to top
View user's profile Search for posts by this user Visit poster's website Send private message Send e-mail Reply to topic Reply with quote
  Display:     All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Forum Index > Trip Reports > Mt Pilchuck (MLH) 06/09/07   Part 1
  Happy Birthday Scrooge, jennlin, Lady∆sa, Mike303, blendergasket, thename!
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