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Matt
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 1:31 am 
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Arrowhead via East Ridge, 3/2/08
Wildernessed, Steve, GeoTom, Justus, Matt

East on railroad tracks,
Steep uphill in forest,
West on ridge to summit.

Cloudy going up,
Sunbreaks on summit,
Chiwaukum revealed.

Sore throat hoarse now,
Short trip report,
Photos posted:

Trailbreakers
Trailbreakers
Orange packs
Orange packs
Up the ridge
Up the ridge
Cloud-Wrapped Chiwaukum
Cloud-Wrapped Chiwaukum
Big Chiwaukum Appears
Big Chiwaukum Appears
Big Chiwaukum
Big Chiwaukum
Tom & Jasper at the top
Tom & Jasper at the top
Fetching the stragglers
Fetching the stragglers
Summit Group
Summit Group
Matt
Matt
Summit Tea
Summit Tea
Jim Hill
Jim Hill
Big Chiwaukum & Snowgrass
Big Chiwaukum & Snowgrass
Wildhorse Creek to Frosty Pass
Wildhorse Creek to Frosty Pass
Bullís Tooth
Bullís Tooth
Slope & Summits
Slope & Summits
Descending
Descending
Snowy Trees
Snowy Trees
Trees & Big Chiwaukum
Trees & Big Chiwaukum
Clouds on Chiwaukums
Clouds on Chiwaukums
Highway, Powerline, Creek, Railroad
Highway, Powerline, Creek, Railroad
Plane on Train
Plane on Train

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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 1:51 am 
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Good stuff you guys!  Great day to be out, no?
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 2:02 am 
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See any snakes around those planes?
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 9:23 am 
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You guys rock ! hockeygrin.gif
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 9:27 am 
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Some pictures from my camera can be viewed here

A few I like:
Treat?
Treat?
Last 50 feet
Last 50 feet
Where are those other guys?
Where are those other guys?
Jasper sulks
Jasper sulks
Matt performs his own stunts
Matt performs his own stunts
It's still winter
It's still winter
Chiwaukums
Chiwaukums
Post hike ritual
Post hike ritual

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That is a good idea for a sequel to Snakes on a Plane, Snakes on a Plane, on a Train  lol.gif Could it be any worse?



Nice to meet Justus, Rob and Steve.  up.gif

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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 12:01 pm 
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Arrowhead Route and Area
Arrowhead Route and Area
Arrowhead 3D
Arrowhead 3D

Map : GTM - Wenatchee Lake, TOPO custom
Access : We parked about a mile West of the Maintainence facility along Rt. 2 then headed up to and followed the tracks back East.
Stats : 8 mi, 3467', 6.5 r/t
Resource : Steve Fox's Winter Summits

I had been wanting to do this peak since last year when I saw Trailpair et al TR, they had totally blue skies eek.gif . We had a weather window Sunday so hoped for the best. Matt, GeoTom / Jasper, Justus, Steve, and I managed to all pull together and make a great day of it. What a group of mountain freaks. This was the first time I met Matt or GeoTom. Matt made it with some cold symptoms, I joked to him that I caught his crud via email virus. I woke up and had to take antihistamines and immodium down.gif , I was fine the night before, prior to his email. I took some extra Depends along winksmile.gif
But anyhow, we ran the tracks back East nearly two miles, then taking the traditional route on some fairly well consolidated snow (weight dependent) made good time until we intersected the ridge at around 4100', a very smooth transition...

Matt, Justus, Tom, Jasper, and Steve ready to head up from the RR tracks.
Matt, Justus, Tom, Jasper, and Steve ready to head up from the RR tracks.
Some good consolidation lower through the trees.
Some good consolidation lower through the trees.

Once we hit the ridge it had some fresh powder on it, and the scenery began...

Slope and view of Chiwaukum Ridge highpoint.
Slope and view of Chiwaukum Ridge highpoint.
Moving along the lower ridgeline.
Moving along the lower ridgeline.

As we gained elevation the snow deepened and was beautifully wind sculpted...

The wind sculpted ridge was a real treat along the way.
The wind sculpted ridge was a real treat along the way.
Arrowhead Summit 6030'  from the lower ridge
Arrowhead Summit 6030'  from the lower ridge
Tracks
Tracks
Sweet !
Sweet !
Jasper watching Tom in the trees.
Jasper watching Tom in the trees.
Matt moving forward.
Matt moving forward.
Matt gaining a drift along the ridge.
Matt gaining a drift along the ridge.
Big Chiwaukum
Big Chiwaukum
Tom and Jasper on the summit watching the rest of us file in.
Tom and Jasper on the summit watching the rest of us file in.
wildernessed maneuvering through ridge drifts.
wildernessed maneuvering through ridge drifts.
wildernessed and justus .
wildernessed and justus .

GeoTom and Jasper were just smoking up the ridge and to the summit hink.gif .
The weather we had hoped for didn't quite materialize as NOAA and others had forecasted, at least not right around our area, but we had good localized views, with some breaks here and there. Lunch was eaten, pictures taken, and a group of skiers suddenly came up from the West.

Big C and Snowgrass.
Big C and Snowgrass.
Jim Hill
Jim Hill
Looking back at summit tracks and Nason Ridge.
Looking back at summit tracks and Nason Ridge.
Snowgrass Mountain (?) near Frosty Pass up Wildhorse Creek.
Snowgrass Mountain (?) near Frosty Pass up Wildhorse Creek.
Bullstooth looks snowbound.
Bullstooth looks snowbound.
Views up Wildhorse into Chiwaukum Range. Ridge in center splits Wildhorse and Whitepine drainages.
Views up Wildhorse into Chiwaukum Range. Ridge in center splits Wildhorse and Whitepine drainages.
Chiwaukum Ridge highpoint.
Chiwaukum Ridge highpoint.
Arrowheadpano1
Arrowheadpano1
Arrowheadpano2
Arrowheadpano2

We departed leaving the cool summit and made our way down the ridge plunge stepping and snowshoe surfing back to the lower ridge, where Matt, Tom / Jasper, and Justus decided to take a different route down. Steve and I followed the ridge, took some more pics, then retraced our steps...


We took off the snowshoes once on the more consolidated snow, but I had to reapply mine, the snow had softened and every step I started postholing stuck.gif . We came out onto the tracks and could see the other guys up the tracks and we all made it back to the vehicles. Great trip, and nice to meet and get out with some new faces. hockeygrin.gif

Ridge Route from East viewed from Rt. 2
Ridge Route from East viewed from Rt. 2
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 12:34 pm 
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Didja spot any skiers on Jim Hill?

I was wondering what the parking situation was these days, since they are apparently ticketing cars parked at the maint. facility.  I guess parking along 2 is ok?

I did see several cars parked in pullouts along the way, and wondered if any of them belonged to you guys.

I hate the walking next to the train tracks part of this trip, but the views up top are sure nice up.gif

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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 12:36 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
See any snakes around those planes?

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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 12:37 pm 
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dicey wrote:
Didja spot any skiers on Jim Hill?

I was wondering what the parking situation was these days, since they are apparently ticketing cars parked at the maint. facility.† I guess parking along 2 is ok?

I did see several cars parked in pullouts along the way, and wondered if any of them belonged to you guys.

I hate the walking next to the train tracks part of this trip, but the views up top are sure nice up.gif

dicey-

We did see a couple ski tracks descending from a ridge lower down on Jim Hill. Not sure if anyone actually got any good pictures of them though  dizzy.gif

We parked at a pullout on the north side of the highway, about a half-mile west of the WSDOT Berne facility. There is a wood power pole with some electrical boxes on it. It is located maybe a hundred yards west of milepost 72. No signs indicating not to park there, but who knows when that might change.

There was other parking another half mile west at a larger turnout on the south side of the highway.

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Matt
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 12:59 pm 
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Tom, I believe that's 100 yards east of milepost 72.  We saw the milepost just as we began heading west from the parking spot to to home.

As Tom noted, no signs saying you can't park there, but no signs saying you can either.

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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 1:02 pm 
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Nice trip report!  What GT - didn't you like the route we took last year??  hmmm.gif  shakehead.gif  Was there any felonious activity on the summit?  Here's what it looked like about a year ago (via a rather interesting approach)  lol.gif .
http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=18940&highlight=Known+Felon+Summits+Arrowhead

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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 1:17 pm 
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Sloan Pk. from Arrowhead.
Sloan Pk. from Arrowhead.
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 1:29 pm 
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Matt wrote:
Tom, I believe that's 100 yards east of milepost 72.† We saw the milepost just as we began heading west from the parking spot to to home.

As Tom noted, no signs saying you can't park there, but no signs saying you can either.

East, west, yes.  dizzy.gif My internal compass was off  doh.gif

Matt is indeed correct. The milepost was to our west.

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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 2:31 pm 
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Is this the little spot immediately past the concrete trestle where the RR crosses US2? I saw a little spur road there that looked plowed wide enough to park on last time thru.
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PostMon Mar 03, 2008 2:46 pm 
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Aparking
Aparking

This is the trackback from the GPS showing where we were / parked / started. The parking was just a widened area on the berm, on the N side of the road.
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