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Matt
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 2:50 am 
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Three dogs herded their people to various points above Welcome Pass today:

  • Jasperís Group, Point 5933: GeoTom, don b, Randy, mtnmike, Suzanne R, Fay P
  • Dougieís Group, Point 5743: Ian & Mary Jane McK, Greg & Sara K, Lori J
  • Dakotaís Group, Point 5854: paultkuhn, Matt, Natala G, Juan E
This trip report could also be titled "Little Black Dots on Long White Ridges."  After the group divided at Welcome Pass, we could see each other on the opposite ridge as smaller and smaller black dots leaving a trail of white tracks further and further into the distance.  Even a couple miles away, those receding black dots were just barely visible against the white crest.

This was the third time to Welcome Pass for me:
  • First time, the crest was a soft mystery of fresh-falling flakes, itís edges and ends disappearing into shifting curtains of mist and snow.
  • Second time, the crest was a wind-carved sculpture of rippled crust and corniced waves, surrounded by shoals of snowy peaks under clear cold skies.
  • Third time, the crest was a gleaming banquet of bright whipped cream and folds of satiny silk, swooping along the ridges and soaring up the faces of the peaks, all basking under warm deep blue skies.
The greatest dilemma was whether to keep exploring further for the beautiful views, or just luxuriate longer in the wonderfully warm sunshine.

Trip Map (dogleg on left is incorrect)
Trip Map (dogleg on left is incorrect)
360 degree pan from Point 5854, with labels
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360 degree pan from Point 5854, with labels

As before, we parked by SR542 (2000ft), hiked about ĺ of a mile up the road to the trailhead (2500), and another ĺ mile where the trail follows another road.  We missed the point where the trail leaves the road (3000), found it a hundred feet uphill, followed it awhile, then lost it again (circa 3500), and made our own route the rest of the way to the pass (5350).

A strong group kicked steps all the way up to the summit.  Directly up.  With big long steps.  No matter how steep.  With nary a concession to such trivialities as switchbacks.  Alas, they soon were too far ahead to hear the pleas for mercy or cries of outrage from the us normal humans trailing along behind.

Trailhead
Trailhead
On the trail
On the trail
Hangdog
Hangdog
Welcome Pass & Point 5854
Welcome Pass & Point 5854
Welcome Pass & Sefrit
Welcome Pass & Sefrit

From the pass, Jasperís group headed east to Point 5933.
Dougalís group, arriving later, headed the same direction, but stopped on the flats near Point 5743.
I joined Dakotaís group to head west and north to Point 5854.
Along the way, we could look east and watch the tiny black dots of the other parties moving higher and cutting a bright track up to the end of their ridge.

Don setting perfectly spaced steps eastward
Don setting perfectly spaced steps eastward
Group heading east
Group heading east
Paul heading west
Paul heading west
Groups heading both directions
Groups heading both directions

Paul kicked steps all the way to the top.  The warm damp snow was stable, tended to cling to oneís snowshoes like concrete.
The route to 5854 turned out to be easy Ė a walk westward on the main ridge, a curve to the right to get around a steep corner, and then a hike northward up to the summit.  The final ridge was almost an arÍte, with a minor cornice and lots of snowball tracks down the side slopes, but nothing loose. The summit had a nice flat area just below the top, with a few rock and snow outcrops for decoration.

Ascending 5854
Ascending 5854
Side slope of 5854 (Note dots of hikers approaching 5933 at right)
Side slope of 5854 (Note dots of hikers approaching 5933 at right)
Tracks on the crest
Tracks on the crest

We relaxed for an hour on the summit, basking in the warm sunshine and bright views.

5854 summit group Ė Natala, Juan, Paul, Dakota
5854 summit group Ė Natala, Juan, Paul, Dakota
5854 summit from side outcrop
5854 summit from side outcrop
Matt on a side outcrop
Matt on a side outcrop
Matt just below the summit
Matt just below the summit
Summit tea & Welcome Pass
Summit tea & Welcome Pass
Summit tea & Point 5933
Summit tea & Point 5933

Views of the other groups (if you enlarge the photos, you can see the little black dot people:
Group at 5933 summit (with Winchester behind)
Group at 5933 summit (with Winchester behind)
Departing 5933 summit
Departing 5933 summit
Group near Point 5743
Group near Point 5743

Views of surrounding peaks:
Damfino
Damfino
American Border
American Border
Larrabee
Larrabee
Goat
Goat
Sefrit, Ruth & Icy, & Welcome Pass
Sefrit, Ruth & Icy, & Welcome Pass
Shuksan
Shuksan
Baker
Baker

Reluctantly we departed.

Paul & Dakota heading down
Paul & Dakota heading down
Juan & Natala heading down
Juan & Natala heading down
Snow wheels heading down
Snow wheels heading down

Loathe to leave too soon, I ambled over to the 5600 closed contour a little further west on the main ridge, dwadling to watch how the afternoon sun dimpled the snowbanks and stretched long shadows from the trees.  The melt patterns on the trees also showed the sunís one-sided impact.

Looking back at Point 5854 (with Damfino & Tomyhoi)
Looking back at Point 5854 (with Damfino & Tomyhoi)
Shadow dimples
Shadow dimples
Half & Half Trees
Half & Half Trees
Icy
Icy
Horizontal & Vertical
Horizontal & Vertical

From here, I could see all three of the destinations Iíve explored near Welcome Pass

Point 5850, 2/15/04
Point 5850, 2/15/04
Point 5933, 1/21/08
Point 5933, 1/21/08
Point 5854, 2/17/08
Point 5854, 2/17/08
Welcome Pass itself
Welcome Pass itself

Then I followed my own lengthening shadow back down to the pass

Tall as the trees
Tall as the trees
Long legs
Long legs
Nearing the pass
Nearing the pass

The moon rose over the ridge, where wide lanes of tracks led back from 5933.

Hikers returning to Welcome Pass (with Goat Mtn)
Hikers returning to Welcome Pass (with Goat Mtn)
Randy & Don waiting for me
Randy & Don waiting for me
Tracks & Moon
Tracks & Moon

Dropping down from the pass went quick.  On the lower slopes, the snow had softened and compressed enough to allow about 500 feet of easy glissading right through the trees.  When we hit the road part of the trail, I got a picture of Dougieís group, since Iíd missed them earlier.  After crossing the creek at 2850, we angled downhill on a shortcut suggested by mtnmike, which cut off a loop of road walking and brought us back to the road below the trailhead.

Dougalís Group
Dougalís Group

Chronology:  Depart cars 8:45am, arrive Welcome Pass 12:00pm, arrive Point 5854 1:24pm, depart 2:30pm, side trip  to 5600 2:55pm, return to Welcome Pass 3:25pm, return to cars 5:05pm

Stats:  9 miles, 4300 gain, 8:15 hrs

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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 8:49 am 
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Thanks Matt for organizing this outing, and to Paul for driving and Dakota for putting up with Jasper. And to Fay for retrieving the shovel handle that jumped ship off my pack.

A strenuous day for me, but well worth the effort. Glad I applied sunscreen too.  cool.gif

Some of my photos from the day

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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 9:24 am 
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GT,

I love that picture of Dakota. I think the best way to get a shot of her is to have somebody keep her attention with a sandwich.
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 11:14 am 
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Awesome pictures!

Sorry I had to miss it this time, but the way my legs feel today (not to mention my tush after Sunday's bike ride) it was the right call.

I had to come back to work to rest up.

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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 11:28 am 
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Welcome Pass and the associated points is one of our favorite hikes!  You caught the ridge on a bluebird day.  WOW!!!!!! eek.gif

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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 12:10 pm 
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Wow!
Quite the Who's Who of Peakbaggers!!!
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 1:19 pm 
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Wow!!! Nice pics!  up.gif  agree.gif
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 2:29 pm 
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As usual, great TR and pictures Matt. Thanks again for putting together such a fine trip.

It was great to meet some new folks yesterday. Here are a few pictures from the trip to Point 5933' - some really nice winter scenery up there!

Welcome Pass
Welcome Pass
On the Way to 5933 - Don Admires the Views
On the Way to 5933 - Don Admires the Views
Along the Ridge - Baker Looms
Along the Ridge - Baker Looms
Encountering Skiers (Right)
Encountering Skiers (Right)
Group on the Summit
Group on the Summit
GeoTom Heads for Home
GeoTom Heads for Home
American Border Peak (L of C)
American Border Peak (L of C)
Ridge Route
Ridge Route
Over a Hump on the Return
Over a Hump on the Return
Wide Open
Wide Open
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 2:39 pm 
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Gorgeous photos. We're heading up there on Saturday, hoping to get at least a tiny bit of the spectacular views you guys got.

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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 4:23 pm 
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fantastic TR and pictures!   up.gif  up.gif  up.gif
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 4:51 pm 
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Quality stuff as usual. You can't beat a wintry ridge and views. hockeygrin.gif
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 5:14 pm 
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What great weather, looks like fun!  cool.gif

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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 11:39 pm 
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PostTue Feb 19, 2008 11:46 pm 
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Gorgeous pictures everyone.  Thanks for the post Matt.
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PostWed Feb 20, 2008 12:06 am 
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Matt, really enjoyed your description of the different conditions on each of your trips to Welcome.  Sounds like third time is indeed a charm.

Looks like a great outing with a lot of nice folks and furry friends.   up.gif

Gorgeous cup of tea, too.     coffee.gif

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