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PostFri Aug 20, 2010 10:07 am 
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Hanzsek & I headed up the Gold Run Pass trail on Wednesday morning with the intention of going up Tomyhoi & wandering around the area as far as we could in a couple of days. We got a liesurely start at about 10:30 in 83 degree heat with no wind. In the first 100 feet from the car I got bit by half a dozen flys - not a good sign.

For those who haven't done this trail, most of the elevation gain is in the first mile and a half, but the views come quickly.

parking on twin lakes road
parking on twin lakes road
view of Winchester Mountain
view of Winchester Mountain
lots of flowers
lots of flowers

We ran into quite a few people on the trail but only one planning to spend the night at the tarns.

descending to tarns
descending to tarns

After exploring the entire basin for our preferred site, we chose a spot just above the lowest tarn on the old trail where we had the best views of Shuksan. We set up camp & decided to head up the ridge to the Southwest to Point 5933 to get some views to the south. It was pretty hazy.

Baker from Point 5933
Baker from Point 5933
Tomyhoi from 5933
Tomyhoi from 5933
Shuksan from 5933
Shuksan from 5933
Border Peaks, Larrabee, Yellow Aster Butte
Border Peaks, Larrabee, Yellow Aster Butte
Tomyhoi & Border Peaks
Tomyhoi & Border Peaks
Looking to Canada
Looking to Canada
hazy Mt Baker
hazy Mt Baker
Descending from 5933
Descending from 5933
Yellow Aster Butte reflection
Yellow Aster Butte reflection

After taking lots of photos, we headed down for dinner & the swarms of mosquitos that were building.

Heading to camp for dinner
Heading to camp for dinner
Mt Sefrit
Mt Sefrit

After dinner we wandered around & took a few sunset photos.

American Border Peak
American Border Peak
Point 5933
Point 5933
Shuksan
Shuksan
Shuksan
Shuksan
Mt Baker
Mt Baker

The morning greeted us with heavy fog moving in from the south. We were optimistic that it would burn off as we headed up Tomyhoi.

morning fog rolling in
morning fog rolling in
whiteout
whiteout
mining equipment near tarns
mining equipment near tarns
Tomyhoi ridge
Tomyhoi ridge
Tomyhoi ridge
Tomyhoi ridge
summit ridge
summit ridge

We got up to the first rocks on the summit ridge & had the choice of climbing to the false summit or dropping underneath it on the glacier & ascend to the notch. We chose the latter. After descending about a hundred feet and turning the corner, the visibility got worse at about the time I had a crevasse below me & could see a schrund above me. After a few seconds of contemplation, we decided to back off & descend to a high point to the east off the glacier, have lunch & wait for the visibility to improve. It didn't. We had a few brief openings and then it would get worse. After waiting an hour, we decided to head down.

dropping down Tomyhoi glacier
dropping down Tomyhoi glacier
Tomyhoi from the east
Tomyhoi from the east

We saw a few interesting things on the way down

goat
goat
? flower in talus
? flower in talus
starting down
starting down
snow runnel
snow runnel
ptarmigan
ptarmigan

and did I mention there are ups & downs on the ridge

up & down
up & down
looking west
looking west

about half way down we got some cloud openings for photo ops

American Border Peak
American Border Peak
American Border Peak
American Border Peak
shoulder of Larrabee
shoulder of Larrabee
American Border Peak
American Border Peak
face on Yellow Aster Butte
face on Yellow Aster Butte
American Border Peak
American Border Peak
Border Peaks
Border Peaks
last bit of trail to tarns
last bit of trail to tarns
tarns
tarns

finally back at the lakes, we decided to check out the cabin site

cabin
cabin
cabin
cabin
tarn
tarn
marmot
marmot
marmot
marmot

then we headed back down to our campsite, packed up and went up Yellow Aster Butte on our way out.

tarns from Yellow Aster Butte
tarns from Yellow Aster Butte
tarns from Yellow Aster Butte
tarns from Yellow Aster Butte
heading out
heading out

There were lots of bugs but it was immensely enjoyable.
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PostFri Aug 20, 2010 9:15 pm 
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PostFri Aug 20, 2010 9:25 pm 
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Great pics Schrod.  I bet this place is nice in October.....

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PostSat Aug 21, 2010 9:17 am 
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Photo ops is an UNDERSTATEMENT! JumpinJeHosafat...awesome pictures...esp. the cloud pics. PHEW!! Thanks for sharing.
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PostSat Aug 21, 2010 11:47 am 
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Great photos!

The blue-flowered plant is Silky Phacelia.  Very nice photo of it.

http://www.pnwflowers.com/flower/phacelia-sericea-var-sericea

The only time I was up YAB, it was foggy.  It does have great huckleberries though so was worth the sweat.  Very pretty color there in the autumn.

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PostSat Aug 21, 2010 12:35 pm 
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Flora wrote:
The blue-flowered plant is Silky Phacelia

Thanks for the plant id.
No berries ripe yet but there will be lots of them up there this year.
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PostSat Aug 21, 2010 7:57 pm 
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Awesome pix Schroder.
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PostSat Aug 21, 2010 8:02 pm 
Re: Tomyhoi, Yellow Aster, Pt 5933† 8/18-19/10 (photos added)
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Schroder wrote:
we chose a spot just above the lowest tarn on the old trail where we had the best views of Shuksan.

I know that site well.  It's one of my favorite camp sites ever - the view of Shuksan changing colors at dawn and dusk just cannot be beat.  agree.gif

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PostMon Aug 23, 2010 1:35 pm 
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Schroder wrote:

We got up to the first rocks on the summit ridge & had the choice of climbing to the false summit or dropping underneath it on the glacier & ascend to the notch. We chose the latter. After descending about a hundred feet and turning the corner, the visibility got worse at about the time I had a crevasse below me & could see a schrund above me. After a few seconds of contemplation, we decided to back off & descend to a high point to the east off the glacier, have lunch & wait for the visibility to improve. It didn't. We had a few brief openings and then it would get worse. After waiting an hour, we decided to head down.

You made a good choice on doing the glacier route. The route over the false summit necessarily works onto the west side and involves some (I don't recall how much) traversing on 5.6 loose rock.
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