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PostMon Apr 05, 2021 11:55 am 
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About three years ago Greg K., and I did a peak near 5365T...but we ran out of time to do peak 5365T (http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8027017&highlight=5689).  So now I returned following generally in Fay's footsteps.

I went in with an overnight pack thinking the distance and gain would force me to do an overnighter for this peak.

I am still amazed at the amount of vehicles at the trailheads.  17 cars when I left at 9:00am.  I walked over Little Hump and Big Hump and then put my camp past 5 mile camp.  For those interested, there are three camps just PAST 5 mile camp and before the trail heads up again on a rocky shoulder next to the river....and all before entering the official National Park.  I recommend any one of those three camps over 5 mile camp due to the amount of people.

I walked to the National Park boundary and then after about another 10 minutes I started heading uphill.  The brush was not too bad.  Around 2100 feet vine maple showed up, but was not intense and could be easily avoided.   I noticed I was following a lot of mountain goat paths even at the lower elevations.  At 3200 feet the snowshoes went on and the angle increased.  At 4100 feet a 100 yard section of rock outcroppings appeared directly on the ridgeline and were surmounted due to snow around them.  The snow became increasing more "mashed potatoes" and I was sinking in to just below knee depth.  Tough, and tolerable.  Just the angle on the ridgeline made the snowshoeing challenging.  Really mushy unconsolidated.  I eventually made to the top of 5365T....well the spire directly to east which is actually higher.  There I signed into the register took some photos and ate.  4 hours up from the trail.

Going down took 2 hours and at some places I had to downclimb in the snowshoes.  I got back in time to eat at the campsite...but I had still some time left and my legs were feeling good.  So I hiked out.  14 hours round trip.  Probably could have done it in 12.5 hours without the heavy pack and making camp.


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PostMon Apr 05, 2021 12:29 pm 
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r3h style.
brings overnight gear. gets done early. makes it a day trip.
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PostMon Apr 05, 2021 1:12 pm 
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He was on my mind as I was walking out....

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PostMon Apr 05, 2021 2:58 pm 
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I definitely recognize that style of day trip!  Ha ha
Glad you had a good hike

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PostMon Apr 05, 2021 4:17 pm 
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Thanks for the report.

Was there anyone in the register besides you and Fay?

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PostMon Apr 05, 2021 5:03 pm 
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nope.  Just Fay and myself....

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