Long day up Rock Mt, Mt Howard and Mt Mastiff 8-4-09
Our original plan was to summit Rock Mt from the Snowy Creek route. On the drive up we decided to add in Howard and Mastiff.
We left the TH at 8:15am after I stashed a can of Pepsi in the cold creek for later consumption.
After about a mile down the trail it get rather brushy. Not hard to find one's way through though.
We reached the meadow and saw the avy debris that we had read about at the TH. We took a suggestion from a note at the TH and stayed to the right of the debris and would cross it later, found out later that it was not the greatest choice. A few times further up the trail we encountered more debris.
We reached the open grassy slopes and the views were beautiful and expansive.
Looking down we could see the avalanche path.
We reached the summit of Rock Mt in about 2.5 hours and we were feeling great.
We descended down to Rock Lake and followed the trail around the ridge and found ourselves at Crescent Lake.
Following around the lake we ascended up the gully at the back of the lake and then traversed to the right above all the scrub trees and other growth. We ended up taking a less than desirable route up a gully that was tricky since Adam still has a broken arm. We perserveered though
We stopped at a snow patch for a breather and for Adam to don his traditional "snow hat". The bugs were not pleasant so we did not dilly dally too long. We finally got up to Howard and sat to enjoy our high peak for the day for about 5 minutes. We found the register and saw a few familiar names in it.
We looked to our east and spied our last summit for the day.
We descended the ridge and back up the ridge to Mastiff.
The route up was pretty good with only a few spots where we had to muscle through some low thick trees.
At the summit we were rewarded with good views all around again. Lake Wenatchee to our east and our 2 previous summits to our west.
Signed in up here relaxed a bit and I took a ton of pics for a summit pano that is too big to upload
We started our descent and I was getting low on liquids. Adam suggested we stop at a snow patch and get some into my Nalgene bottles and let it melt. This turned out to be a great idea!!! I steered clear of the watermelon snow and after not too long I was enjoying nice cold water on our journey back.
Oh, our descent of Mastiff wasn't the same way we went up. After a bit of the ridge we headed straight down and made a beeline for a low spot on the south ridge below Howard Mt. Saved us some time as I was getting a bit concerned about our route around the avy debris in possibly fading light later on. Once over the ridge we headed towards the gullies and we found a better and safer route down this time. We battled some Slide Alder and in short time were at Crescent Lake.
A few more stops to load up on snow and we were descending to grassy slope below Rock Mt with a good amount of daylight left.
We made it back to the car by 8:15 pm, very tired and exhausted. We were pretty darn proud of ourselves though for putting together a 12 hour, 16 mile, 7700+ feet of gain day!!!
My cold Pepsi awaited me in the creek and I was a happy hiker getting recharged by some friendly caffeine.
Thanks for being such an awesome hiking partner Adam, it was a lot of fun!!!!
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