Joined: 29 Sep 2005 Posts: 4982 | TRs | Pics Location: Very far east of the Cascades....
Tue May 27, 2008 12:33 pm
Mantastic Maturity on Malcolm Mt
Trip distance - 10 miles
El. gain 3800'
Full set of pictures
Another holiday and another chance to hike with Magellan, Quetzal Curtismo and EastKing. We had hoped to hit up the North Cascades but with the weather we opted to head east. Trying to find a peak that was new to us all wasn't the easiest until Malcolm was spied on the map.
From the 29 Pines camground we followed Road 9701 for a few miles until we noticed the trail and a small sign on the right hand side of the road.
It didn't take too long before we all realized how high the maturity level was going to be for the day.....
The trail follows up along a creek which is crossed about half a dozen times in the first mile or so.
Somewhere on the trail we got a good view of Teanaway Butte to the south
After about a mile and a quarter the trail gain elevation above the trail and comes to a junction at 4500' where it meets up with the Johnson Creek Trail coming from the north.
Frome here we left the Jungle Creek Trail 1383.1 and started out on the Way Creek Trail 1235.
The trail at this point heads west on the north side of a ridge and had us crossing some snowy slopes. Some of us made good time traversing the snow while others stepped with greater caution as snow travel was still a developing comfort. Above us was what turns out to be Johnson Mt, which we did not summit, d'oh!! With gut instinct on our side we had traversed the slope right on track and emerged from the snow about 10 feet from the trail. Stopping at a good north facing vantage point we got great views afar.
The Glacier Lillies were out and in full beauty
We reached the jct for the Koppen Mt trail
and followed that leaving the Way Creek Trail behind. The Koppen Mt Trail follows along anither ridge (go figure!!). Parts of the trail was on the east side of the ridge which offered more snow travel.
At one point Magellan decided to drop down on the snow slope and ended up sliding down about 30 feet before some nice rocks slowed him to a stop Luckily he had no open cuts, but was shaken up a bit, as were we as all we could do was watch from a distance. We took another break not to far on where Curt was seen eating baby food????
Flowers were out and basking in the sunlight
Nearing the ridge to Malcolm we were able to follow a boot path which lead the way to the summit, though sometimes covered with snow.
The summit was snowfree
where we made a new friend
An hour plus on the summit which included a 30 minute nap and we were off and back down the trail
We past a hunters camp and were surprised at all the stuff they had brought up, including 2 50 gallon drums
At the jct of the Way Creek Trail and Koppen Mt trail we follwed the Way Creek Trail again, but this time we took the other fork which would give us a new return route and enable us to avoid the north facing, snow covered traverse. We did end up crossing some snow but not as much this time. most of the trail is south exposed and was rather dry and pleasant to hike along. We continued on until the trail turned into an old 4x4 road. The road was steep and not too fun to hike on. In no time though we were at the end of Road 9701 where the TH is for the Way Creek Trail. As we headed back down the road 1.5 miles to the car light rain started to drop pitter patter on our heads. Lucky for us though the rain only stuck around for a little bit. Back at the car we headed out and stopped on Hwy 970 at the Twin Pines trailer park where we got a much needed burger :drool: Back on I-90 we were nearly parked as thousands were heading home after the holiday weekend. Just past Easton the road cleared up and hwy speeds were reached as the rain started in earnest. It rained most of the way until we reached N. Bend and the skies cleared as I dumped my passengers off at the Issy Park and Ride.
And for the less than mature video.............. (don't like immature males? Don't watch then )
Joined: 08 Jun 2003 Posts: 2257 | TRs | Pics Location: Around The Bend
Tue May 27, 2008 12:46 pm
Some of us (maybe just me) think immaturity = fun!! Thanks for the TR, better post that no shirt summit pic for the ladies of NWHIkers.net looking tough (hee hee) but the giggling in the video gives you all away
Great pictures Bryan. You are getting very good, especially with the video editing!
Thanks to Bryan for picking out this great trip. It is true that our immaturity reached a new all time low. I recommend not joining us on any trips unless you are completely insensitve.
I had never even heard of Malcolm before it was suggested. All I found was Karen's incomplete nine year old report. For some reason the 10+ miles felt pretty hard. There was quite a bit of up and down along the ridges. Lots of great views of the Teanaway. 10+ miles, 3800' of cumulative gain, eight hours car to car.
Magellan, you missed one of my famous TR's on that area that not one person commented on. You might recognize a few places. It's beautiful up there with the flowers and mountain greenery and I really want to go back and do the whole loop someday.
-------------- “If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.” - Unknown
I forgot to mention my slide down the hill. I was crossing some steep snow when I start punching through into some rocks. I didn't want to break a leg so I headed down where I encountered the hardest snow of the day. I don't think I was paying enough attention. I ended up sliding downhill about 30 feet into some loose dirt and rocks. Only a few snow abrasions and a blood blister to show for it. Next time I will concentrate on going the best way instead of being on the 'official' trail.
Think of it this way, you got a free glissade!! No in all seriousness I think we were concerned about you when you took that fall. The good thing is that you are ok and ready for a more controlled glissade on the next trip.
-------------- I am addicted to summits! I can't eat, drink or breath without them. Life without mountains would really suck.
Joined: 13 May 2008 Posts: 156 | TRs | Pics Location: Heart is on Lassen
Sat May 31, 2008 9:33 pm
Your wife loves that picture of you EastKing!!
-------------- "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one." by John Lennon
I hope to do some summits and waterfalls this year with my husband EastKing.
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