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PostThu Jan 28, 2021 11:00 pm 
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Date:  1/23/2021
Destination: Galleon Mtn 5283 (USGS Snoqualmie Lake)
Party:  Matt, Carla, Elle

Short Version:  We hiked up the Green Ridge trail to Green Ridge and Hi Low Lakes, then went up steep forest to the col just left of the sharp outcrop south of the summit, and followed the crest to the top.  Firm crusty snow made for straightforward cramponing, with no rope needed.  We followed excellent directions from Monty's trip report.

Galleon GPS Track
Galleon GPS Track

The Green Ridge trail starts at an unmarked spot on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road, 4.4 miles past the Taylor River junction.  The road has become even worse than I remembered.  It took 25 minutes to drive through he giant potholes and washouts. 

The trail itself starts just before a couple wide spots for parking.  It lives up to its name, becoming a very green ridge higher up, after some extra steep parts lower down.   At 3450 feet, we turned off on the junction to Green Ridge Lake, and shortly had to don crampons for hard crusted snow.  Sun was shining warm as we traversed around the north side of Green Ridge Lake.  Carla and Elle decided to stop there and enjoy the sunshine, while I continued on.

steep trail
steep trail
a very green forested ridge
a very green forested ridge
Hiking up toward Green Ridge Lake
Hiking up toward Green Ridge Lake
Traversing along the edge of Green Ridge Lake
Traversing along the edge of Green Ridge Lake

Snow in the forest was mostly a good crampon crust, making for steady progress up to the ridge crest.  On the crest, there was a bit more fresh snow, but it was solidly attached, and allowed for kicking good bucket steps.  Snow definitely helped for this part of the trip.  Where summer parties had traversed across steep rock, I could kick in bucket steps and was getting full depth placements on my ice axe.  At the steep notch just before the summit, brush provided good handholds both down into the notch.  A short section of Gabriel's rope emerged from snow on the far side, but kicking steps between the brush and snow let me ascend safely.

Route from Green Ridge Lake to Galleon
Route from Green Ridge Lake to Galleon
Steep traverse along the crest toward the summit
Steep traverse along the crest toward the summit
Notch with Gabriel's old rope buried in snow
Notch with Gabriel's old rope buried in snow
Looking back from the summit to the notch and col
Looking back from the summit to the notch and col
I made it to the top
I made it to the top
Me walking around near the summit
Me walking around near the summit

Views from Galleon summit:

Looking northeast to Snoqualmie Lake and Glacier Peak
Looking northeast to Snoqualmie Lake and Glacier Peak
Looking east to Horseshoe Lake, Big Snow, and the Snoqualmie Crest
Looking east to Horseshoe Lake, Big Snow, and the Snoqualmie Crest
Looking northwest to Garfield and Treen, plus Green Ridge and Hi-Low Lakes
Looking northwest to Garfield and Treen, plus Green Ridge and Hi-Low Lakes
Closer view of Garfield and East Garfield
Closer view of Garfield and East Garfield
Looking south to Chair & Kaleetan (and the top of Rainier)
Looking south to Chair & Kaleetan (and the top of Rainier)
Tea, tracks, and sunshine
Tea, tracks, and sunshine

Travel downward went quickly, and I only had to use my headlamp for the final 20 minutes back to the trailhead.  While I changed clothes at my car, I could easily hear when each passing vehicle approached by the rattle-clunk-splash-clunk of their tires hitting the potholes.

Last light and rising moon on the way out.
Last light and rising moon on the way out.

Stats: 8 miles, 4200 cumulative gain, 9 hours

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PostFri Jan 29, 2021 8:40 am 
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That took determination to make it up there in winter. I don't suppose you found Monty's register under the snow?
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PostFri Jan 29, 2021 8:48 am 
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beautiful shots...as usual!

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PostFri Jan 29, 2021 10:42 am 
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Love that summit. I think I did that trip with Stefan. I think...
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PostFri Jan 29, 2021 4:44 pm 
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You did!  And  me, and Cartman and the Beave and several others.  We had terrible weather and no views!

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PostFri Jan 29, 2021 5:46 pm 
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Ah, yes!
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PostFri Jan 29, 2021 7:37 pm 
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That trail from the road to Green Ridge lake is no joke. I attempted Galleon in 2019 and I think I need a couple more years of rest before tackling that one again. dizzy.gif Good for you guys for getting out there in January! I am inspired.

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PostSun Jan 31, 2021 12:16 am 
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Matt, I think you're right that the summit ridge is easier with a solid snow pack. It's fun how Gabriel's stuck rope lives on in TRs.

Matt wrote:
Closer view of Garfield and East Garfield
Closer view of Garfield and East Garfield

What's up with the main Garfield peak being snow free and East Garfield ridge being plastered and corniced?

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PostSun Jan 31, 2021 5:43 pm 
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Matt wrote:
a very green forested ridge
a very green forested ridge
Me walking around near the summit
Me walking around near the summit

Excellent trip in stellar midwinter conditions by Team Red.

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostSun Jan 31, 2021 5:48 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
What's up with the main Garfield peak being snow free and East Garfield ridge being plastered and corniced?

Maybe just that the snow can't stick to the steep slabs but can adhere when held by veg. and broken rock. I haven't climbed either peak, so this is just a wild hypothesis based only on the picture.

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostSun Jan 31, 2021 7:43 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
What's up with the main Garfield peak being snow free and East Garfield ridge being plastered and corniced?

Closer view of Garfield and East Garfield
Closer view of Garfield and East Garfield

A number of years ago I climbed the main summit of Garfield on Feb 19. The approach was from the north via the North Pass. You will definitely be kicking steps in the high-angled snow to reach the summit from the north in the winter.
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this TR is like the who's who list of yesteryear. even a dicey post. just need quark, DHM, geohiker, and a few others and it'll be like 2008 all over again.
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Thanks for the reminder, didn’t  quite make this one. I think tomorrow’s the day I retire and revisit climbing

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iron wrote:
this TR is like the who's who list of yesteryear.

Yesteryear...Ouch... I was so upset the tennis balls flew off my walker.
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PostMon Feb 15, 2021 8:44 am 
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Mike Collins wrote:
iron wrote:
this TR is like the who's who list of yesteryear.

Yesteryear...Ouch... I was so upset the tennis balls flew off my walker.

Mine too. But first, I had to pick up my teeth after they fell out of my mouth when I shouted outrage and other endearing expletives after reading this. darn whippersnappers.

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