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PostSun Jun 05, 2011 9:23 am 
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Early Saturday morning, I left my house at 2:30 a.m. to drive over towards Mazama and get to the Robinson Creek parking lot by 6 a.m.  I was going to try and climb Robinson Mtn via the Southeast ridge route.

I started off on the trail for a couple miles until I crossed Beauty creek with a nice waterfall coming down.  I found the boot path about 75' later and started up the switchbacks up this valley.  I ran into several deer as I also noticed they use the trail a lot by seeing their hoof prints everywhere.  At about 4600', I put snowshoes on for the first time and then ran into areas of rocks where I would take them off.  This repeated a couple of times until I got to the creek crossing I would head west.  On the other side of the creek, it was bare for a while with glacier lilies everywhere.  It was quite the contrast of green, yellow and white.

Beauty Creek falls
Beauty Creek falls
glacier lilies
glacier lilies

I booted up the slopes near the creek for another couple hundred feet until I put my snowshoes on again.  I headed into the basin with an idea to take ridge on the right side earlier than I had read in other reports cause people usually camp in the head of the basin near a tarn.  I made my way up the ridge and soon I wished I would have taken the other way.  I must have put my snowshoes on and off another 4-5 times because of soft snow turning into a few little rocky scrambles along the ridge.  It wasn't anything too bad, just a little annoying.  At the highpoint on this ridge, I could see how the route straight up from the basin would have been so much easier.

Beauty Peak
Beauty Peak
part of the SE ridge
part of the SE ridge

The views were getting better with every bit of elevation gain.  The snow was in good shape, so I stayed in my boots the rest of the way from here.  I rounded the ridge and could now see the rest of the SE ridge and the false summits on the way.  There were some pretty impressive cornices lining the ridge that will break off at any time.  I easily bypassed some false summits and then came to the last one.  I've read that some have had a little difficulty here but it's not that bad.  It's a little steep but there are great holds and it doesn't last too long.  It looks worse than it really is especially from further away.

the Southeast ridge
the Southeast ridge
big cornices ready to fall
big cornices ready to fall
the cornice lined ridge
the cornice lined ridge
false summit (L) Robinson (R)
false summit (L) Robinson (R)
false summit route goes straight up the middle, I used the snow a couple times
false summit route goes straight up the middle, I used the snow a couple times
looking down the SE ridge from the false summit
looking down the SE ridge from the false summit

After passing the false summit, it was an easy walk to the top.  The summit was snow covered, so I didn't bother digging around for the register.  There are a lot of mountains that can be seen from here-the Gardners, Silver Star, Glacier, Dome, Eldorado, Snowfield, Jack, Baker, and the rest of the Pasayten wilderness.  I took a few pics and headed back down.  I wanted to hurry so the snow wouldn't become too sloppy with the hot sun.

Peaks to the North
Peaks to the North
Silver Star
Silver Star
Eldorado
Eldorado
Glacier Peak and Dome
Glacier Peak and Dome
my summit shot
my summit shot

I headed down into the basin and could see a few small slides caused by cornices.  Looks like this would be a good place to visit in the fall as many of the trees there were larches.  I headed back down the mountain to the trails and scared off a few more deer before reaching my truck.

looking down to the basin
looking down to the basin
glacier lily
glacier lily
Robinson Creek
Robinson Creek

A good day to be in the mountains
12.75 miles
6400' elevation gain
almost 9 hours RT

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PostSun Jun 05, 2011 9:40 am 
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Robinson as a day hike from the Seattle area -- you continue to amaze. Great pictures. I like the glacier lily shot. I expected more of those yesterday in the Teanaway but only saw a few.

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PostSun Jun 05, 2011 10:38 am 
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You are knocking off some great peaks.  Strong work!
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PostSun Jun 05, 2011 8:29 pm 
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Robinson has some of the best views to everywhere in the Cascades.
Nice pics and report up.gif

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PostSun Jun 05, 2011 9:05 pm 
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up.gif Strong work !

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PostSun Jun 05, 2011 9:19 pm 
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Raising3hikers! You are inspiration to all dad/mom climbers out there. And home just in time to change your little one's diaper.   wink.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif You're too awesome! up.gif
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PostMon Jun 06, 2011 9:06 am 
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strong work as always. those are some wavy cornices!

raising3hikers wrote:
Silver Star
Silver Star

i think i see my snowboard tracks smile.gif

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PostMon Jun 06, 2011 11:31 am 
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Nice seeing that area again.  Interesting with a little less snow.  We hit it a month earlier last year and the enitre ridge wasa snow covered.  Not sure if better with the soft sticky snow we had or the partial talus scramble.
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PostMon Jun 06, 2011 2:42 pm 
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Looks like there's some epic ski-jump potential off some of those cornices.  Nice work, I'm guessing you're getting up there on Top 100s.   up.gif
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PostMon Jun 06, 2011 5:14 pm 
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Yet wrote:
Raising3hikers! You are inspiration to all dad/mom climbers out there. And home just in time to change your little one's diaper.   wink.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif You're too awesome! up.gif

Thanks for the kind words Yet

fwb - your TR from last year helped me with deciding to try it this time of year.  I wanted a little more snow melted out than you had on your trip

Tom_Sjolseth - I've still got a long way to go on the Top 100's but hope to get to the half way point this year

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PostMon Jun 06, 2011 6:19 pm 
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Beautiful!!
Peg and I were hiking the Robinson Creek trail Friday. Saw a black bear on the way back down about 2/3 mile from the TH.
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PostTue Jun 07, 2011 8:11 am 
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bold expedition!  up.gif

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PostTue Jun 07, 2011 8:16 am 
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Remember, it's raising 3 CLIMBERS! hockeygrin.gif

Nicely done.

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PostTue Jun 07, 2011 9:55 am 
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you are remarkable eric .. always ..

it always amazes me how fast you are .. but still you manage to stop and smell the roses too ... beautiful pix

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