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Schroder
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:58 am    Hidden Lake Peak - 2/20/10
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I was invited by a younger group to try for Hidden Lake Peak. I discovered the big advantage to this - someone with a lot of energy to kick steps.

We got a leisurely start at about 9:30 up the winter route. The beginning was relatively easy but at about 4300 ft the ground was covered with a thin layer of hard ice requiring crampons/microspikes. At about 4600 feet we started to hit snow, which got deep and soft very quickly. Someone had been up there recently so it wasn't too strenuous to get up without snowshoes in their tracks. When we broke out of the trees, the snow was fairly firm - a crust on top of about 6 inches of powder on top of firm snow. We hit the summit a little after 2 & spotted a few people that had braved the cornice and gotten to the lookout.

Back down to the car around 6.

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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:02 am   
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I love, love, love that last pano.

Looks like the views were amazing.  Can't believe you got to 4600' before the snow kicked in. Great trip.
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The craziest thing is how simple Jburg looks from there.  Nice work!  up.gif  up.gif
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:41 am   
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Love those rarely seen winter scenes.
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:22 pm   
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Nice pics! Especially those pano shots up.gif Way to get out and enjoy the day
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:23 pm   
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raising2hikers wrote:
Nice pics! Especially those pano shots up.gif Way to get out and enjoy the day

I could have seen you if I carried my binoculars  lol.gif
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:06 pm   
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Nice trip. How long did that take Round trip?

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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:42 pm    trip info
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Could you give me any info on where the winter route begins?  I do not have a gps, so just general landmarks, or is it better to just drive to the trailhead?
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:52 pm   
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Looks like a fun trip. I have never backpacked in the winter/snow before, looks interesting.
Thanks for sharing the trip.
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:57 pm   
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so beautiful - one of these days I'll have to get up there in the winter
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:11 pm    Re: trip info
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umbrella lady wrote:
Could you give me any info on where the winter route begins?  I do not have a gps, so just general landmarks, or is it better to just drive to the trailhead?

Here's a track up the winter route. You start at 2800 feet on the road & start up heavy timber on a prominent ridge. It's all cross-country without any obvious trail so don't try it if you're not confident of your navigation skills.

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The road is open to the summer trailhead & people were coming up that way but from what we could see there were a lot of avy debris crossings & there's a pretty prominent cornice above on the N. Ridge of Hidden Lake Peaks to be cautious of.
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Vertical Smile wrote:
Nice trip. How long did that take Round trip?

4.5 hours up with breaks, 2.5 hrs down
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