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Bryan K
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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 10:34 pm 
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This hike doesn't get the attention that it deserves!! It is an awesome route that has a bit of everything a hiker could want. There are some gradual sections of trail, some that are steeper, a bit of scrambling and absolutely amazing views  agree.gif  The views ot the Pickets are incredible. Mt Triumph and Despair beckon one to attempt their flanks and Thornton (Old Damnation) stares at you from just a long stones throw away.
The traverse to X Mountain looks really scary, but as we made our way it wasn't as bad as first appeared. The toughest part of the traverse is getting down from Trappers Peak. There is a tough section where the boot path ends. It's steep and covered with vegetation and could be very slippery when wet. From there it's a nice stroll over to the summit.
Enough with my lame attempt at being creative with words and on to the photos and video!
Oh, I did forget to mention the bear tracks that we saw on the trail  eek.gif  There were even a few claw marks in the prints too!!!

Beginning of trail
Beginning of trail
This bear could b!tch slap me!
This bear could b!tch slap me!
Big tracks with claws
Big tracks with claws
Tracks with claws
Tracks with claws
Adam on trail
Adam on trail
First view of goals for the day
First view of goals for the day
Color
Color
First view of Pickets
First view of Pickets
Triumph Glacier
Triumph Glacier
Pickets
Pickets
Neve Glacier?
Neve Glacier?
Trapper Peak summit shot
Trapper Peak summit shot
Thorton Lakes
Thorton Lakes
Adam descends steep veggie section
Adam descends steep veggie section
Reflection on Upper Thorton
Reflection on Upper Thorton
Trappers Peak
Trappers Peak
A look back at "X"
A look back at "X"
Adam heads back up to Trappers
Adam heads back up to Trappers
Pickets
Pickets
Pickets and Tarn
Pickets and Tarn
Last view of the Pickets
Last view of the Pickets
Saying good bye to our peaks
Saying good bye to our peaks



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PostThu Oct 14, 2010 10:54 pm 
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beaudaddy
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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 8:28 am 
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Awesome Job Guys!!!  I have to say, those Pickets look pretty sexy...

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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 8:31 am 
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Thanks Bryan!  This was one of the best hikes of the year.


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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 8:33 am 
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Nice, nice, nice.  I was up ther a few weeks ago with Yana and thought it was spectacular!  I don't think I'd ever seen the Pickets before, they were crazy looking.

Love the fall color and bear print pics.

ETA: loved the video.

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Dr. Greenthumb
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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 8:33 am 
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Nice, I love Trappers Peak. I go there every year and the trail and weather has always been good to me, always super hot. Its a really fun trail for me. This past summer I was there when the flowers were blooming and there was still quite a bit of snow up at the top with huge cornices. It was so beautiful. I have a small picture of Lower Thorton lake in the background and beautiful purple heather in the forground with rocks which was taken on the summit of Trappers. It  hangs above my computer at work. Thanks for the video, it was nice to do that trail again.
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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 10:54 am 
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Thanks for the report and pictures Bryan and that is a great video also.  That is cool that you went over to X Peak.

I see there has been a dusting of snow on the Pickets since I was at Trappers Peak last week.  I make it to about 200 ft. from the top before my turn around time.

Did you see anyone else?  Last week I saw no one.  There were two cars besides mine at the trailhead and they were still there when I left so maybe they were at the lakes.

I found out there is no charge for staying at the Goodell Creek Campground this time of year.

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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 1:28 pm 
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Great pics! One of my favs in North Cascades.

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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 10:29 pm 
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I added some pictures.  Sorry for the delay.  I'll try to include some more later.  Now you can see why I made you wear my red coat.

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Bryan K
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PostFri Oct 15, 2010 10:39 pm 
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Reststep, we did not see a single soul up there. We had the whole place to ourselves, it was awesome.
Thank you all for the compliments on the video, I really appreciate it.
Gimp, thank you for the great company on such an unbelievable hike! I had never seen the Pickets before and I think this hike spoiled me as to the views of them.
This is certainly a hike that will be on my calendar regularly.

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