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Cascade ScramblerViews obscured by fog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

Cascade Scrambler

I actually expected this to be more difficult than it was. The trail is marked very, very well in orange, pink, and yellow surveyor's tape, as well as red and silver mylar. Finding the route was no issue- it's obviously climbed relatively often. Don't get me wrong, this trail is STEEP, except for the 3/4 of a mile along the ridge line.

I missed out on the views though- the fog never truly lifted at all. I had a couple hundred visibility at best, and next to zero on the way down.

70 minutes to the top of the ridge, 50 minutes to the talus basin, 25 minutes to the saddle, and 20 more to the summit, for a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes up. Descent took 2 hours and 5 minutes, and was made all the more fun by the fog and yesterday's rain. Good times!
Posted Aug 15, 2009 9:23 pm

larryNNW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2008


We started up on avalanche snow about 100m before the normal route. Some snow before the ridge, and about 50% of the ridge walk was on snow. After dropping right (south) of the ridge, the rest of the way was on snow. The snow wall after the col was about 60 deg. Here's our route.
Posted Oct 3, 2008 12:56 am

mvsNWRidge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2004


Nice climb, pretty snowy at the top, but a lot of fun. Solo.
Posted Sep 9, 2008 2:00 pm

BKWNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2008


This climb kicked my trash. Factoring in all the getting lost, over-zealous route finding, waffling, and a seventy foot wall of slush we had to scale out of the notch (yikes!) this climb took 11 hours. The view was amazing and the weather was beautiful. Great climb.
Posted May 29, 2008 5:50 pm

Dan WinterNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2006

Dan Winter

Fun scramble with the Seattle Mountaineers.
Posted May 14, 2008 9:24 pm

osatrikLate season climb - turned back
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 1994


After the tough parts, we turned around at the big talus field because there was just enough snow to make it really trecherous -- covering the holes but not filling them!
Posted Sep 1, 2006 6:08 am

boonedoogleNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


Snow free until basin. Ice Axe a plus. Little to no snow above notch at 5600'. Couldn't find a summit register. Great veiws.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 10:20 pm

kgriggsNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006


A great scramble and a knee burner. There was snow in the gully and most of the way to the summit after the notch. We waited until later in the afternoon and the snow was perfect for kicking steps up and boot sking on the way down. We only had hiking poles and thats all we needed.
Posted Jun 14, 2006 2:41 am

renRoute Climbed; NW Ridge 2/26/05  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2005


Early season made the trip up to the ridge painless,no bushwhack. Great scramble. 2 down 3 to go.
Posted Feb 15, 2006 3:51 am

esugiRoute Climbed: West Ridge/South Slope - Scramble route Date Climbed: September 25, 2005  Sucess!


Left the Barclay Lake TH at 8am under clear, sunny, and slightly chilly September morning. Gained the ridge crest in one hour (man was this steep!) and at the edge of the talus basin in another 45 minutes. Gained the saddle between north and south peaks 30 minutes later and was standing on the summit 15 minutes later. Total ascent time of 2 hrs and 30 minutes. Whew!! That was tough.....only 3 miles one way but over 3900 vertical feet elevation gain.

Descent was tough. It took only 2 hours but I must have slipped 20-30 times through the steep (I mean steep) gullys. Even twisted my ankle couple of times.

Overall, a good workout and great views of Merchant, Gunn, Index and the high volcanoes (Glacier Peak, Rainier, and Baker)
Posted Sep 28, 2005 1:18 am

magellanRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!


It’s less than 90 minutes and 60 miles to the Barclay Lake TH, elevation 2200’. I cleared out hundreds of spiders and their webs as I headed up the abandoned logging road. Only a couple of minutes later, the trail takes off uphill next to a watercourse. About 100’ above the road, I took the path on the left that dives into the woods, instead of continuing upstream. It went fine. There are several optional paths. First second growth, then mature forest is climbed. It is very steep at most times. There was always a flag or cairn marking key points. The heavily timbered ridge is reached, gasping, at 4000’. Head east, following the ridge, until you drop 100’ off the south side, avoiding cliffs. Once these are cleared, it’s straight up again, topping out around 4800’. I found meager blueberries, just barely enough to keep motivated. Cross the ridge into a talus basin, with the trail staying left of most rocks. Head up the big gully to the notch (5600’) between the two summits. Finally, scramble north, staying on the west side of the peak. The true summit was covered with a thousand flying ants. After a quick look for a register, (nowhere in sight) I went to the bug-free north end of the summit. Look 3700’ straight down to Barclay Lake, out to three volcanoes, and many peaks. Use binoculars to investigate the main routes on Gunn Pk and Merchant Pk. Don’t forget to say thanks for living in such a beautiful state. Down is down, and it’s quite steep. The quads started protesting, and the grade kept me from moving too quickly. A few hundred feet above the road, I found myself on a path further east, going through some devils club, and back into the stream course. I’m not sure if anyone goes this way on purpose. I ran into two guys near the bottom, heading up to BASE jump the north face. Hopefully, there were hikers at Barclay Lake who got to see them.

R/T 8 miles, 4300’ gain (cumulative), 3:45 up, 2:45 down
Posted Sep 7, 2005 12:34 am

easleygoneRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: Sept 1992  Sucess!
A lot of sub-alpine scrambling early, but well worth it.

Have climbed it several times under varying conditions

Snow in the gully can be very dangerous when iced

up. Great views.
Posted Jul 31, 2005 10:14 am

ilukaRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: February 2005  Sucess!


Took advantage of the very sunny February to get this one in. Great summit with awesome views. Hit is early season when the gulley up to the saddle has plenty of snow/ice and you don't have to mess with the talus. Be wary after a recent storm as the two steep sections in the trees can be very very muddy and slick.
Posted May 13, 2005 12:30 am

dkantolaRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: March 6, 2005  Sucess!


Pleasant root pulling and Devils Club encounters below the ridge led us to a trail tour and snow stroll above. Enter the thicket.
Posted Mar 10, 2005 8:27 pm

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: March 6, 2005  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

With David and Steve. Started up at 10 am up the steep "trail" to the ridge. Easy to get off route on this one. Made the ridge and scurried down to the boulder basin. Very neat area. Hit snow in earnest here. Heavy, wet, sloshy snow. Went up the gully without any gear, the angle is maybe 30 degrees at most in snow (at least it was this time). Once in the notch though, we donned crampons and axes and made our way to the summit through rocks, trees, dirt, bushes and snow. The weather turned out to be nice all day but it took us almost the whole 9 hours the one guide book says to do this climb. The steepness of getting up to that ridge really slows things down.

So, we spent time trundling giant snowballs down the gully and throwing snowballs at each other and of course we got stuck on the descent in the dark. :- ) Made for some interesting moments when we got off the trail too. But we made it back fine and had a fun day. The two guidebooks list this as either a 6 hour climb or a 9 hour climb. Plan for closer to 9 and start earlier in the day that we did. But it's a fun one.
Posted Mar 7, 2005 12:25 pm

Andy DeweyRoute Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: January 28, 2005  Sucess!

Andy Dewey

Climbed the NW ridge today. No substantial snow until the basin below the gully at 4800'. Gully was still rocky and snow was very hard (crampons and ice axe needed on upper ridge). Could not find summit log (buried in snow); limited views, wind was very hard and COLD! Trail up the ridge was very slippery.
Posted Jan 29, 2005 2:14 am

Distel32Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: November 2, 2002  Sucess!
Nothing like a late season summit. First person to summit since October 19th according to log. Perfect clear day. Hit snow in gully, scrambling over rocks with fresh snow not the best idea. From the summit we could see everything. All the way to Canada, and even adams just to the east of Rainer.
Posted Nov 3, 2002 8:31 am

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