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PostMon Jul 26, 2021 3:55 pm 
MSH Monitor Ridge, great views even though smoke on the horizon did seem to block out most of the Oregon volcanoes (except for Hood) and anything north of Rainier.

Group behind us makes their way up the vertical beach
Group behind us makes their way up the vertical beach
Adams looking very melted out
Adams looking very melted out

Dave Weyrick, silence, reststep
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PostMon Aug 02, 2021 8:33 am 
Image Lk & Plummer Mt via Phelps Creek TH. 7/29-31

Spent two nights at Cloudy Pass. The original idea was to climb Dark and North Star but a combo of heat, bugs, and low stoke led me to change plans after the approach. Day 2, I rambled over to Image lake for some swimming and climbed Plummer, excellent views all day.

Brought an ice ax which I pulled out once going down spider gap in the early morning hours.


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PostWed Aug 04, 2021 11:58 am 
Avalanche destruction...was really surprised to see this much of a mess and with that much snow still remaining.  Huckleberry Creek trail, not far from Forest Lake.


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PostFri Aug 06, 2021 11:20 am 
Last weekend overnight at Rampart Lakes. One word, or rather three: BUGS BUGS BUGS. Photos included. Note the ones on me arse - they got through.

http://imgur.com/a/l9jx2FS

Edit: fish report.
- there were fish. I got a bite or two of fish but the bugs got more bites out of me so I didn't fish much.

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PostSun Aug 08, 2021 10:40 am 
Nice views

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PostMon Aug 09, 2021 6:00 am 
that's 3 words

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PostThu Aug 12, 2021 9:12 pm 
8/9/2021 - Snowy Creek to Nason Ridge to Rock Lake.  Easy drive in, hike was pleasant with a bit of avalanche debris midway in the meadow, quite a bit of elevation gain to the ridge and loss down to the lake.  A Fisher or Marten cruised across the snowbank near the lake as we got close.  An overabundant # of Golden trout were present and accounted for in the lake.  Nice location.  Saw only 4 other folks, day hiking as well.


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PostThu Aug 12, 2021 9:25 pm 
pjhorst wrote:

Nice skies.  And that lake in the next shot looks beautiful.   ~z

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PostThu Aug 12, 2021 9:40 pm 
Attempted Mt Challenger on Tuesday 8/10 and Wednesday. We came out Wednesday instead of Thursday because after giving a good look at the glacier, we decided it's too badly broken up at this point. We couldn't see a good way across. So instead of making camp that night, we decided to grind all the way out. It was tough. Both days we hiked about 20 miles.

It's too bad because everything lined up so perfectly to make this trip including the Bear creek fire getting under control. We only noticed a hint of smoke in the Chilliwack valley on Tuesday. Overall the weather was very clear although quite warm. I really wanted to climb Challenger and we hiked so far to get there, it was sad to turn around but it just wasn't going to happen, especially because it still would have been a hard summit day from our camp because we foolishly chose to try the traverse around Whatcom route instead of just hiking to Perfect Pass. Still was a good hike and a great view of Challenger. I only wish I could have gotten to see the rest of the Pickets.


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PostMon Aug 16, 2021 5:44 pm 
My semi-regular hiking partner does a good job of suggesting some trails I either wasn't aware of, or hadn't looked at very closely previously.  Sunday we had it narrowed down to either Newhalem Creek or Happy Panther.  Since they are close to each other, we figured we could decide which one while driving there.  And Newhalem it was.  Interesting.  Very brushy.  A few spots that were kinda tricky and took a little patience to pick our way through.  Not a lot of elevation gain.  I wouldn't exactly call it an easy hike, but it's not really difficult either.  The creek is in earshot the vast majority of the time, but only occasional glimpses of it.  It is gorgeous when you do see it.  A few good views of the southern Pickets at the beginning, although the sky was fairly hazy at the beginning.  Better on the way back down.  The falls near the beginning is also impressive.  The road bridge about 3/4 of the way up was a surprise.  I thought it was only a road at the beginning, then actual trail.  Apparently it's reclaimed road the whole way.  We continued after the bridge, but quickly left the creek behind.  Kept waiting for a view, but never got one.  We eventually stopped.  Trail continued on, for how far or to where I don't know.  Bring a friend for this one, that way you can take turns going first and eating cobwebs.  Seriously spiders, why ya gotta put your webs right at face level?  We found a wonderful lunch spot approx. 3 miles up the trail.  Would've been a nice spot for a dip in the creek as well, but we didn't submerge ourselves.

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PostMon Aug 16, 2021 5:53 pm 
Gypsy Peak, Pend Oreille County highpoint, 7320+. From Bear Pasture which closes to motorized use 6 miles before the trailhead on Aug 15th to protect wildlife habitat. No grizzlies spotted. Pretty good berries at mid-elevation but bare higher up.

8ish miles RT and 3kish gain. Hike can be done from Sullivan Mtn at the south end of Crowell Ridge as well but twice the distance and does not close.


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PostSat Aug 21, 2021 12:11 pm 
MSH Monitor Ridge on 8/17 -  My wife found a Mt St Helens climbing permit (must have been a last minute cancellation) for me, so I got to go up it on an overcast Tuesday morning.  The route up was well marked, and very well traveled.  I did not cross any snow.  A lot of hikers were coming down as I was going up.  The summit/crater rim was just above the low cloud deck, but I arrived ~40 minutes too late to see any other volcanoes  (Hood, Adams, Rainier) as the clouds moved in up against the mountain and filled the crater too.  The wind gusts were 30+ mph and ash/tiny pumice was being blown everywhere (my poor camera does not sound the same now when zooming in an out frown.gif ).  I scurried over to the "true summit" and ate lunch, then began the trip back down.  This was a fun "hearty" climb, glad to have been there and hope to go back.

view out to the SW from the monitor ridge route up
view out to the SW from the monitor ridge route up
cool clouds and lighting
cool clouds and lighting
interesting colors and texture: ash gray mixed with tufts of green
interesting colors and texture: ash gray mixed with tufts of green
view up the ridge, with GPS station to the left
view up the ridge, with GPS station to the left
looking back toward the crate edge where the route first meet it, from the true summit (such as it is now)
looking back toward the crate edge where the route first meet it, from the true summit (such as it is now)
other hikers arriving at the crater rim, ash blowing around
other hikers arriving at the crater rim, ash blowing around
looking back down the Monitor Ridge route
looking back down the Monitor Ridge route

Mt Rose on 8/18 - Trail up was great, though a lot of the brush looks like the beginning of fall (dried out and yellowing).  We hiked the loop counter-clockwise since it kept us in the shade a tad longer given our early afternoon start.  Clouds were moving in and the haze hid the volcanoes from view, but otherwise a great go-to hike.

Mt Ellinor from the upper ridge
Mt Ellinor from the upper ridge
zoom in on Mt Ellinor summit, at least three hikers in view
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zoom in on Mt Ellinor summit, at least three hikers in view
Copper Mtn from the trail
Copper Mtn from the trail
Copper Mtn west summit block
Copper Mtn west summit block
Copper Mtn east summit
Copper Mtn east summit
classic view of Lake Cushman from Mt Rose summit
classic view of Lake Cushman from Mt Rose summit
float plane that had just taken off from the lake
float plane that had just taken off from the lake
looking up the North Fork Skokomish drainage
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looking up the North Fork Skokomish drainage
Mt. Olympus in the far distance
Mt. Olympus in the far distance

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PostSun Aug 22, 2021 11:42 am 
An alpine scramble up Hibox Mountain

For those who think Mailbox Peak is too flat, you might want to consider the ascent of Hibox Mountain.   The round-trip elevation gain is about 100 feet more than Mailbox, but the last 1.2 miles to the summit climbs 3200 feet.

I found the ascent up wasn't too bad.  The descent on the other hand was about the same pace as the ascent as I picked my way down very carefully.

The trail via Rachel lake has seen some good trail maintenance in the past month with lots of trees blocking the trail cut and removed.

The climber's trail up to Hibox can be difficult to spot.  It is off to the right and shortly after you notice a trail to the right through bramble.  That is not the trail.  Continue for a couple of more minutes, after you enter back under the tree canopy you will spot the correct trail to the right.

At this point as you ascend, keep looking back and noting features to spot on the descent, particularly when the trail becomes thin or non-existent.  I marked issues with flagging which I removed on my descent.

The summit block at the top was a fun and easy 3rd class scramble with minimal exposure.  The views are spectacular.

For those considering doing it I made a video of the scramble: Video of the climb

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PostTue Aug 24, 2021 10:02 am 
bccarlso wrote:
One word: BUGS BUGS BUGS

Sky Hiker wrote:
that's 3 words


Well, well, well. Not so fast. Maybe it's one word repeated twice; or written three times.

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PostWed Aug 25, 2021 5:14 pm 
Echo Rock - Observation Rock - Tillicum Point 8/21/21

With the forecast looking overcast everywhere it seemed like a good time to head back for Observation Rock.  Two years ago I climbed Fay, Pleasant, Hessong Rock, and was on my way to Echo and Observation when I laid down for a quick rest.  90 minutes later I woke up from my unintentional nap and only had time left for Echo.  This time Ross and I got Echo and Observation Rocks, then decided to take the ridge over to Tillicum point.  It was easy at first but got interesting around 7600 ft. We bypassed three gendarmes skiers left (south), then crossed over to the north around 7200 ft and dropped a couple hundred feet to get around some cliffs, then back on the ridge proper to the peaks. The terrain was loose, chossy, a bit technical, and some route finding was involved (we were in a fog out). Not the most pleasant route, but it went. We descended the north slopes to Spray Park and back to the trail.  Overall the weather turned out better than expected and it was a nice little trip.

Entering Spray Park
Entering Spray Park
Hessong Rock
Hessong Rock
Sun and fog
Sun and fog
Echo Rock and fog
Echo Rock and fog
Echo Rock and a stream
Echo Rock and a stream
Tarn w/ Sluiskin behind
Tarn w/ Sluiskin behind
Ross on the Flett Glacier
Ross on the Flett Glacier
Ascending Echo Rock
Ascending Echo Rock
Ant on a Hill
Ant on a Hill
Ascending Observation Rock
Ascending Observation Rock
Observation observations
Observation observations
Fog out on the way to Tillicum
Fog out on the way to Tillicum
Tarn in Spray Park
Tarn in Spray Park
Flowers alongside a stream
Flowers alongside a stream
Moody vibes
Moody vibes

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