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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 9:58 am 
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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.

heading up the ridge
heading up the ridge
finally in the open
finally in the open
Eldorado
Eldorado
upper slopes
upper slopes
Snowking
Snowking
the cornice
the cornice
almost there
almost there
Mt Baker
Mt Baker
Forbidden, Boston, Sahale
Forbidden, Boston, Sahale
Eldorado
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Eldorado
Glacier Pk
Glacier Pk
the lookout
the lookout
Hidden Lake
Hidden Lake
starting down
starting down
heading for the ridge
heading for the ridge
Sauk Mtn & Marblemount
Sauk Mtn & Marblemount
the lookout
the lookout
Cascade River valley
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Cascade River valley
last glimpse of Eldorado
last glimpse of Eldorado
toward Cascade Pass
toward Cascade Pass
toward Glacier Pk
toward Glacier Pk
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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 10:02 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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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 10:15 am 
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The craziest thing is how simple Jburg looks from there.  Nice work!  up.gif  up.gif
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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 10:41 am 
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Love those rarely seen winter scenes.
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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 11:22 am 
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Nice pics! Especially those pano shots up.gif Way to get out and enjoy the day
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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 11:23 am 
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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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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 4:06 pm 
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Nice trip. How long did that take Round trip?

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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 4:42 pm 
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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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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 4:52 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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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 4:57 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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PostSun Feb 21, 2010 8:11 pm 
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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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