Took a quick trip up to Cashmere Mountain on 6/27/08 with a co-worker; I was a bit surprised as the route was for all intent snow free, except for spots here and there, although still plenty of snow towards Windy Pass. We arrived late in the afternoon to Cashmere Mountain and were traversing high on the North Slope with just two one hundred foot or so snow fields to cross before turning up to the summit. The snow on the fields was now so soft and melted from the sun that there was no holding the ice ax shaft and impossible to arrest with the pick. Half way across the first field we agreed to call it. Out of water we descended to the plateau at 7,000’ and filtered the best tasting snow melt in the world and watched two mountain goats laze on a snow bank higher up the slope. That day we consumed approximately five liters of water each. It was a great day to be out and a good conditioning hike.
Snow field high up North Slope of Cashmere 6/27/08
Looking down North Slope of Cashmere and rocks below 6/27/08
Enchantments from Cashemre 6/27/08
Aasgard Pass, Dragontail Peak, and Colchuck Lake 6/27/08
Stuart Mountain and Sherpa Peak from Cashmere Mountain 6/27/08
Mount Rainier in the distance and Eightmile Mountain on right from Cashmere Mountain 6/27/08
Sounds like you turned back at the same spot we turned back last month . Kind of ironic that first, we turned back because the snow was too hard and then, you turn back because the snow is too soft. Well worth the effort for the spectacular views, though.
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Sunrise from south slope of Cashmere Mountain 7/1/07, Stephenson 3R
Yes it truly is a most excellent campsite on the plateau. As for the soft snow, could have, should have, would have, damn that mountaineer training that kicked in. Be that as it may, we did meet one climber on the way out in the AM who stated he did summit and saw the remains of his path still present in the two snow fields.
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