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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 12:47 pm 
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Location : NW of Entiat, Wa.
Access : SR 97 > Entiat River Rd. > Tommy Creek Rd. across Entiat River to end.
Maps : GTM – Plain
Stats: 13.5 mi, 3370', 9 hr.
Klone Peak June 07

Klone Peak 6820' Fall 2008
Klone Peak 6820' Fall 2008

Steve, Kyled, and I made it to the Klone Peak TH after stopping (multiple times) to move fallen trees, and quite a few rocks and boulders along Tommy Creek Rd. It was like running a gauntlet.
We were on the trail shortly after 0800, and surprised with all the recent rain to find 3-5” of wet snow covering the area from the start  eek.gif . Our goal had been to do both Klone and Kelly Peaks, but it didn’t take me long with early postholing into “Cascade Concrete” , up to 2’ that given the conditions, we would need to scale back our ambitious journey, in fact the thought had entered my mind that maybe a highpoint would do, since I had been to Klone several years earlier with Steve hmmm.gif , but we were there to bag a peak, and we were damn well going to do it, the views from the old lookout on Klone are spectacular, and to see the surrounding mountains adorned  in early snow, worth the effort. I think stuck.gif .

Early section of Ghost Forest.
Early section of Ghost Forest.
Heading uphill to cut switchbacks.
Heading uphill to cut switchbacks.
Increasing snow.
Increasing snow.
Snowy ridge.
Snowy ridge.
Klone Peak 08_2504
Klone Peak 08_2504
Kyle and Steve breaking trail.
Kyle and Steve breaking trail.
Spur ridge leading to the East side of Klone Peak.
Spur ridge leading to the East side of Klone Peak.

It’s seven miles to the base of Klone Peak from the TH, and it was relentless postholing in wet snow, but the skies were a clear blue, and it was warmer than NOAA’s forecast of 40 degrees at 6800’, after a little more than five hours we made it to Klone’s summit hink.gif . Bomber!

Steve on the narrow ledge-like section of The Klone Peak trail.
Steve on the narrow ledge-like section of The Klone Peak trail.
Kyle and Steve heading up the East side of Klone.
Kyle and Steve heading up the East side of Klone.
Steve nearing Klones Summit.
Steve nearing Klones Summit.

The mountains were just hammered with recent snows, and the views incredible up.gif .

Crook Mtn.
Crook Mtn.
Mt. David
Mt. David
(Background) Mt. David and ridgeline to Jonathan, Whittier, and Longfellow.
(Background) Mt. David and ridgeline to Jonathan, Whittier, and Longfellow.
Garland - Devils Smokestack - Top of 5th of July - Rampart
Garland - Devils Smokestack - Top of 5th of July - Rampart
Glacier Peak
Glacier Peak
Duncan Hill / Ridge in the foreground.
Duncan Hill / Ridge in the foreground.
Saska
Saska
Cardinal Peak
Cardinal Peak
Emerald Peak
Emerald Peak
Pyramid Peak
Pyramid Peak
Dirtyface Peak with Mastiff and Howard in the background.
Dirtyface Peak with Mastiff and Howard in the background.

Pictures and lunch went fast, and we left all to quickly.
We headed back and our previously broken trail helped a lot, along with cutting the all to plentiful switchbacks where we could.
I was whipped gag.gif , this wasn’t the first winter trip I had envisioned, but it’s kind of what happens every year, damn it was hard, eventually we made our way down to less snow, and surprisingly some areas that were covered with snow had melted away during the day. We walked a short while in the dark, our way illuminated by the surrounding snow.
And yet another great trip guys up.gif  up.gif , thanks for sharing it with me, it looks like we will be doing a little more cramponing this fall / winter vs. last year. hockeygrin.gif

Four Mile Ridge and Stormy from P-lot
Four Mile Ridge and Stormy from P-lot
Saka-Emerald-Cardinal-Pyramid Peaks from ridge
Saka-Emerald-Cardinal-Pyramid Peaks from ridge
Near Klone looking back at a section of the ridge route
Near Klone looking back at a section of the ridge route
Summit Pano 1
Summit Pano 1
Glacier Peak
Glacier Peak
Garland - Devils Smokestack - Rampart
Garland - Devils Smokestack - Rampart
Summit Pano 2
Summit Pano 2
Summit Pano 3
Summit Pano 3
Duncan Ridge - Duncan Hil - Choral - Gopher - Saska - Emerald and NF Entiat Valley
Duncan Ridge - Duncan Hil - Choral - Gopher - Saska - Emerald and NF Entiat Valley
Entiat and Chelan Ridges
Entiat and Chelan Ridges
Summit Pano 4
Summit Pano 4

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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 2:51 pm 
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Another great trip.  The weather was excellent, but there was a little more snow than we were expecting.

Here are some more photos:

Clark to GP
Clark to GP
Clark from Klone Peak lookout as the snow begins to return for the winter
Clark from Klone Peak lookout as the snow begins to return for the winter
Buck
Buck
Maude
Maude
Forest
Forest
Sunset through the trees
Sunset through the trees
On the way
On the way
Burned trees
Burned trees
Maude to Spectacle Buttes
Maude to Spectacle Buttes
Fernow
Fernow
Making our way through the snow
Making our way through the snow
The snow gets deeper
The snow gets deeper
The trail
The trail
Almost there
Almost there
Lookout views
Lookout views
Clark to Glacier
Clark to Glacier
Maude and 7FJ
Maude and 7FJ
Evening2
Evening2
Evening
Evening
Nearing sunset
Nearing sunset
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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 4:54 pm 
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This picture captures how I feel when heading downhill through snow.  Strong work fellas.  up.gif
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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 5:56 pm 
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"Winter Greetings" say you?  Greeting Acknowledged!.....It's a 4-season year dizzy.gif  Nice stuff guys.
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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 6:13 pm 
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ditto.gif
Looks like it's been a four seasons month
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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 6:50 pm 
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The snow gets deeper
The snow gets deeper

I took a second look at the pics....oooh man horsey.gif  Reminds me, I have to make those mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. hungry.gif
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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 7:53 pm 
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Get Out and Go wrote:
The snow gets deeper
The snow gets deeper

I took a second look at the pics....oooh man horsey.gif  Reminds me, I have to make those mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. hungry.gif

Movenhike wrote:
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Looks like it's been a four seasons month

I was thinking there would be some snow on the high end of the trip, but I think the mountains recieved quite a bit with the last storm. The wet snow will be nice, especially if we get more. Snowshoes  down.gif , crampons or kicking in steps up.gif .

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PostSun Nov 16, 2008 7:53 pm 
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Gorgeous! I love the evening and nearing sunset photos in particular.
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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 7:07 am 
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Jennifer S. wrote:
Gorgeous! I love the evening and nearing sunset photos in particular.

Nice pics kyle, especially the black and whites that you usually include. I'm going to have to start doing some black and whites for that Ansel Adams feel.

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 6:51 pm 
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Thanks wildernessed and Jennifer S.  To me it seems the black and whites add a little more texture to the snow.
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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 6:58 pm 
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Another strong effort guys.  "Cascade Concrete" lol.gif

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PostMon Nov 17, 2008 7:47 pm 
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It is great to see another report from you guys.  up.gif
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PostWed Nov 19, 2008 8:43 am 
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Justus S. wrote:
It is great to see another report from you guys.  up.gif

up.gif  hink.gif


Schmidt Altitude wrote:
Another strong effort guys.  "Cascade Concrete" lol.gif

stuck.gif  gag.gif That stuff can wear you down !

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PostWed Nov 19, 2008 7:21 pm 
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kyled, love your transfer to B&W photos...classic and very successful.  I checked out info on your camera, as well as "wildernessed" camera...both show great promise for an aspiring photo nut!  My point and shoot is great but I love the capabilities yof our (both of yours') cameras.

The selected scenes are outstanding and truly make me (and any back country enthusiast) get all excited (foam at the mouth?  Well...not yet!) to visit the site.  For readers, do check out the referred trip to Klone of June 2007.  Meantime, I will plan on a visit in 2009, and pray that no bad angels revisit my health....

Great job on this trip and report...and fabulous photos!

BTW, many years ago (decades, even) I backpacked much of the country seen in the set of photos...and I really do not recall all the magnificence these photos display.  However, don't put off the place and the many routes and trails....all are most rewarding.
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