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PostSun May 09, 2010 9:05 pm 
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Much like the Mariners, we like to shuffle the line-up in our little hiking group - however, unlike the Mariners, this is a WINNING team!  up.gif  What an absolutely fabulous day with some of the best hiking partners - team members included:  Tish and the Whippets (sounds like some 70's girl band); John ( chickenleg.gif  dance.gif just back from his Southwest Canyons explorations); Jim K; and Barb - at clean-up was Gus!   lol.gif  Figuring that the snow conditions would still be iffy - and desiring a nice, brown, warm hike, we settled on Tibbetts Mountain outside of Cashmere.  Thanks to Wildernessed for his explicit instructions and map - which we just about totally disregarded (at our own peril!) - we couldn't have picked a better day or location.  The traffic across the Pass was a snap and we were ready to hit the trail by 9:30 a.m. 
Getting started
Getting started
The team
The team
Gus and Barb at the start
Gus and Barb at the start

With no snowshoes, ice ax, microspikes, and limited layers, we made our way first through the Pinnacles of Peshastin. 
Some of the rocks at Peshastin Pinnacles
Some of the rocks at Peshastin Pinnacles
More climbing pinnacles
More climbing pinnacles
. . . and more pinnacles
. . . and more pinnacles
Taking in the views
Taking in the views

Once on the ridge, we started to see what we came to see:
The flowers, oh the flowers, they were "OK" -  eek.gif  slobber.gif   
Penstemmon
Penstemmon
. . . and more flowers
. . . and more flowers
Flowers & Snags
Flowers & Snags
Flower Boy
Flower Boy
Shutter delay
Shutter delay
Bluebells
Bluebells
Spring Beauty
Spring Beauty
Big, sunny Balsamroot
Big, sunny Balsamroot
One big bloom!
One big bloom!

Fields and fields of flowers - ho-hum! rolleyes.gif
Basically, this hike is just one ridge after another - everything is so wide open, it would be tough to get lost!  We had several discussions about which was the right ridge to follow - but we "got it" pretty quickly.  And there were views all around - even above! 
View toward Wenatchee
View toward Wenatchee
Planes above
Planes above
Awesome views
Awesome views
Our destination - bump in the middle is Tibbetts
Our destination - bump in the middle is Tibbetts
On the ridge
On the ridge
Picnic spot
Picnic spot

The ridge is a good leg stretcher - you end up gaining about 3800' - but it has to be perhaps the most pleasant 3800' I've ever done! 
Summit route to the top of Tibbetts in the back
Summit route to the top of Tibbetts in the back
Last steep section to the summit
Last steep section to the summit
Tish and Barb coming up
Tish and Barb coming up
A Whippet summits
A Whippet summits
Looking to the Enchantments
Looking to the Enchantments
Jim coming up the last steep stretch to the summit - panorama behind
Jim coming up the last steep stretch to the summit - panorama behind

We got to the summit a little after Noon - just in time for lunch and lounged on the top for quite some time  cool.gif - even watched three hang gliders taking off and soaring above. 
Tish, John and the girls on the summit
Tish, John and the girls on the summit
Lunch break on the summit
Lunch break on the summit
Driver & Gus on the summit of Tibbetts
Driver & Gus on the summit of Tibbetts
Summit meeting
Summit meeting
Hang glider
Hang glider

Finally, it was time to head down. 
Coming down from the summit
Coming down from the summit
Coming off the ridge
Coming off the ridge

We didn't see a soul the whole day!  In fact, there were NO other cars in the parking lot when we arrived - we were really surprised.  Yet, when we got back to the picnic area, it was occupied. 
A family outing
A family outing

A beautiful day to be out enjoying this spectacular place.  However, a trip with the driver wouldn't be a trip without a bit of a "challenge."  As Tish and I were headed down the ridge towards the final drop back through the Pinnacles, "SOMEONE"  hmmm.gif  confused.gif  huh.gif  paranoid.gif  decided that it would be much quicker to head down this one ridge and circumnavigate the Pinnacles, avoiding the steep drop . . . .  shakehead.gif  crazy.gif After much poking around and probably some questionable property access issues, we finally made it back to the trailhead  doh.gif BUT WAIT, this little adventure wasn't over!  Oh no, we decided it was our responsibility to have a toast to moms everywhere - so we headed to the Icicle Winery in Peshastin - lovely little spot.  In fact we hit the mother lode when we saw a load of mothers leaving as we arrived - we knew we were in the right spot!   winksmile.gif  We sat in the sun sipping wine before hitting the road back to Seattle. 

8 Miles Roundtrip
3800' gain
Trekking poles were the only gear
No detectable ticks!

And, special me, when I got home I had a lovely little surprise waiting for me. 
Flowers for Mom!
Flowers for Mom!

What more can you ask for?  Wonderful friends and the coolest kids!   agree.gif    wub.gif

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PostMon May 10, 2010 2:30 am 
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I had no idea it was so dry on the East side already.
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PostMon May 10, 2010 5:47 am 
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up.gif It''s a nice trip, love those views hockeygrin.gif . We noticed up the Wenatchee - Methow, and Entiat Valley's that the Southern and Eastern exposed areas of the desert foothills were starting to turn brown.

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PostMon May 10, 2010 6:56 am 
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Looks like a fine dry outing.  up.gif No snowshoes, no ice ax, no crampons/microspikes.  The packs must have felt very light agree.gif

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PostMon May 10, 2010 7:44 am 
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talked me into it- I may head there later this week.
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Sadie's Driver
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PostMon May 10, 2010 8:00 am 
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TrailPair wrote:
Looks like a fine dry outing.  up.gif No snowshoes, no ice ax, no crampons/microspikes.  The packs must have felt very light agree.gif

Well, the packs WOULD have been light - but I was carrying more than a gallon of water - good thing, too, because I didn't want a repeat of our Mission Ridge adventure when Gus almost passed out!   eek.gif  The Whippets were happy for the water, too.  The pack was MUCH lighter going down. 

Rob - it was pretty dry - although the hills were quite green and there  were still plenty of flowers, it won't be for long!  Thanks again for the trip counsel - you can't be blamed for our missteps!   lol.gif  dizzy.gif

Here are some pics that John sent to me from our adventure.

s.d.
The Driver and Tish
The Driver and Tish
Lunch bunch
Lunch bunch
Gathering up to head off the summit
Gathering up to head off the summit

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PostMon May 10, 2010 9:43 am 
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The timing for this beautiful ridge walk couldn't have been better.
Temperatures in the low 70's, a cool breeze, blue skies, snow covered mountains, an abundance of flowers and excellent company.
A finish at the Icicle Winery-a most excellent Mother's Day! up.gif  up.gif



Tisha & the girls
Tisha & the girls
John heading up
John heading up
more lupins
more lupins
more flower pictures
more flower pictures
the views, the views!
the views, the views!
snag & Balsamroot
snag & Balsamroot
little beauty
little beauty
ridge groups shot
ridge groups shot
ridge walk to summit
ridge walk to summit
walking through flower fields
walking through flower fields
Big Jim
Big Jim
summit group shot
summit group shot
lush spring valley
lush spring valley
We love her!
We love her!
summit activity
summit activity
leaving the summit
leaving the summit
snag gate
snag gate
snags/more flowers
snags/more flowers
flowers/mountains
flowers/mountains
Icicle Winery group shot
Icicle Winery group shot
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PostMon May 10, 2010 11:49 am 
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Great trip!

For those interested in a somewhat shorter way up. There's an unofficial trail from Ollala Canyon that leads right up to the picnic area you found.
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PostMon May 10, 2010 12:47 pm 
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Looks lovely - I was already planning on checking that area out after hiking Sauer's Mtn. this coming Sat. so now I'm really glad I'm finally going there after driving by it for so many years on the way to Twisp!  Thanks for the TR.
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PostMon May 10, 2010 1:57 pm 
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I love to see reports on new places...thanks! And this is such a nice time of the year to hike around in that area. Way too hot in the summer time! And thanks for the heads up about water for the pooches.

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