My Dad, Justus, and I headed up to Elija Ridge this weekend for my second trip in a row up Cabinet Creek. This was my Dad's second trip up there.
Cabinet Creek is melting out fast, but it's still easy to miss brush by walking on consolidated snow. This will last for about another week or two before it becomes - different.
We camped on the ridge at ~6,350', about 1.75 miles E of the summit. Great views to the Chilliwack Group, Gabriel, Beebe, and Red Mountain. We departed camp at 5AM this morning and headed up to the summit. This took longer than we expected, but we eventually made it. The views were outstanding, but not quite as nice as Gabriel. We could see a sliver of Ross Lake, which was nice. Thunderstorms were moving in from the East for the second day in a row, so we decided to boogie. We got back to camp and had everything packed within about 10 minutes. We descended to the creek just as showers began to fall from the sky. The brush was wet on the way down, and by the time we hit the cars we were soaked. We saw Dave Creeden's car parked down at the guardrail and wondered what he might be climbing. I'm guessing Gabriel, and I'm guessing he got wet!
Another great trip in the hills. Justus has photos, but it might take him a little bit to add them.
So that's whose footprints we saw along Cabinet Creek! Dave Creeden and I climbed Gabriel this morning and when we came back down to the creek we were surprised to find a fresh set of tracks in the snow heading out. I told Dave it was probably somebody we knew because only a crazy peakbagger would be in there.
You guys were right - Gabriel is a very nice climb. Oh, and thanks for the steps!
Thanks, Justus, for coming along! Your shots are great, especially the one entitled, "Gabriel".
Martin S. - I had a feeling you were a part of Team Gabriel that day. Did you guys get wet?
lopper, thanks for the photo from Crater.
SWR - it is hard to comprehend how long that Red Mountain ridge is until you see it straight on. I have seen it before from other vantage points, but seeing it from Gabriel and Elija really gave me an appreciation of its magnitude.
We got a 5:15 start due the weather forecast of thunderstorms, arriving at the summit a little after 9:30 AM. We lounged on the summit for a while, leaving a little after 11AM. I took video from the summit right before we began our descent, that I will post later. At that time there were no nearby threatening thunderheads.
By the time we reached the 6,800 ft elevation on the ridge to drop into the basin on the NE side of Gabriel, I made comment to Martin to look out for pyrotechnics. In that half hour period of time, a thunderhead had build up and moved right over Mebee. We cracked off a series of glissades to quickly descend into the basin and by the time we crossed your guy's fresh tracks a little before noon, Gabriel was getting hammered by thunder and lightning. We didn't get soaked from rainfall, actually getting more wet from trees on our descent.
About what time were you guys traveling down Cabinet Creek?
Did you guys come across the abandoned trail going up Cabinet Creek? We milked this old trail between 3,800 ft and the snow line at about 4,300 ft.
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