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marionthegoatUntitled Comment

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While on summit in 1990, I found a triangular tablet-like slab of stone about 11 inches on a side. It is inscribed with the letters U.S.G.S and 4 names. It was pretty old and weathered, but still readable. It was just lying among the other shattered rocks on the summit. Hopefully, no one has kicked it off the summit or used it to enlarge the cairn.

Perhaps this is the 'evidence of a USGS ascent prior to 1902' that Becky refers to.

I snapped a photo of it, I'll have to scan and post it when I get a chance to dig it out.
Posted Apr 30, 2005 11:28 am

dludersUntitled Comment


Voted 8/10

The author can add the following TopoZone coordinates for Chikamin Peak:

Latitude: 48.4750 degrees N.

Longitude: -121.3125 degrees W. (note the minus sign).
Posted May 29, 2005 3:27 pm

normanclydeUntitled Comment

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Climbers with interest in Northwest history may want to take a side trip southerly from the Chikamin summit. At the saddle between Chikamin Peak and the Four Brothers, a large boulder is faintly inscribed with the words "R. Denny/L. Lindsley/USA/1899". The two persons named are Rolland Herschel Denny and Lawrence Denny Lindsley. Both were members of the Denny family who in 1899 were working on the Esther Mine, owned by David Denny, in 1899. The Esther Mine was (is) located in Ptarmigan Park, an alpine meadow at the head of Gold Creek, a short distance beneath where the PCT crosses Chikamin Peak today.

Lindsley, who would have been 21 years old in 1899, went on to be a successful wilderness and landscape photographer. His photographic negatives reside at the University of Washington Special Collections, where as of late 2005 they are being catalogued. Negative #3249, dated 1902, shows the summit cairn on Chikamin. The USGS rock, which is just as marionthegoat describes, is clearly visible. A similar sized rock can be seen with Lindsley's name inscribed on it. This photograph documents that Lindsley climbed Chikamin in 1902, and also that members of the USGS also climbed the mountain before him.

Persons reaching the summit of Chikamin are encouraged to look for both inscribed rocks, and to post on this page if they find anything.
Posted Oct 20, 2005 4:39 pm

marionthegoatRe: register rock

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Wow, I'd love to see Lindsley's photo. Any chance we can get it posted ?
Posted Mar 1, 2006 7:18 am

denisseattleRe: register rock


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Not the exact photo, but a starting point for browsing the collection online.
Posted Aug 9, 2014 12:47 am

bgroenDay trip via PCT very possible

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A buddy and I just did this C2C in 12.5 hours at a moderate pace. 14 miles one way (28 rndtrp) seems a stretch but hey. Awesome day, no bugs to speak of and great views all around.
Posted Jul 28, 2013 12:47 pm

Snidely WhiplashRe: Day trip via PCT very possible

Snidely Whiplash

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I think you guys aren't giving yourselves due credit. Check out the 100 Hikes book. The Huckleberry-Chikamin saddle is 10.25 miles from Snoqualmie Pass. Chikamin Pass is 14 miles from Snoqualmie Pass, and when climbing up Chikamin, you leave the PCT anywhere from 1/2 to 1 mile before Chikamin Pass, depending on the gully you ascend, so you guys did do about a 28 mile day. As a day trip, it's definitely possible. For most of us, though, it's not practical.
Posted Jul 29, 2013 9:52 am


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Amazingly beautiful hike but a few corrections for mineral creek to Chikamin peak via glacier lake route. First, round trip distance is about 17 miles not 14 and total elevation gain is 6,400. Second, the driving directions are incorrect, they point you toward the pete lake trail. Do not turn right onto cooper lake road, instead continue straight at this junction until the road ends at mineral creek trail head. Next as a warning, the mineral creek trail crosses a stream a few hundred yards in, then seems to be going completely the wrong direction back toward lake kachess but eventually turns back up the valley where you are headed. Finally, use caution if you plan to hike in past glacier lake then use the valleys on the southwest side of chikamin as a shortcut on your descent. Although the PCT appears tantalizingly close, the valleys are steep with loose rock and grass and it is difficult to ascertain the safest route due to cliffs. If you didn't come up this way and aren't part mountain goat, going back down will take far longer than you would expect.
Posted Jul 19, 2015 1:23 pm

Snidely WhiplashRe: Corrections

Snidely Whiplash

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Corrections are welcomed, but I question these. The driving directions are taken straight out of the Harvey Manning/Ira Spring hiking book for Mineral Creek Park, and they are correct since I made it to the summit. Pete Lake is up Road 113, and Mineral Creek up Road 4600. Second, the distance is not 17 miles from Mineral Creek Park. It is 5 miles to Upper Park Lake, and only 1/4 mile to Alta Pass from there. When at Alta Pass, you are at most 1.5 miles from the peak. Third, 6,400 feet elevation gain is is a bit much. The trailhead is at 2,400 feet, and the summit is 7,000. There are almost no ups and downs, unless you hike to Glacier Lake from Upper Park Lake, but still, that is only an extra 600 feet each way. It's hard to see where the other 600 feet is gained.
Posted Jul 24, 2015 12:30 am

ps157328@yahoo.comSouth on PCT?

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The description to ascend west side of Chikamin, says to head SOUTH on PCT after crossing Chikamin pass, then it says to go at least 1/3 mile SOUTH before leaving the trail. Looking at the map, it seems that north is the only possible heading after crossing pass.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 12:38 am

Snidely WhiplashRe: South on PCT?

Snidely Whiplash

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Indeed, I can see where this can be confusing. The direction from Chikamin (or Alta) Pass may be heading temporarily north, but this only due to the terrain. If you follow that same trail further from Chikamin Pass, it does a semi-circle around the basin of Chikamin and heads in a a southerly direction towards Snoqualmie Pass. Let's face it, if you head the opposite direction on the PCT from Chikamin Pass, you're not heading north or south, you're heading east. Perhaps it would be clearer to say "Take the trail in the direction of Snoqualmie Pass," which is ultimately to the south, even if the trail temporarily veers north." Kind of like when you get on I-5 North and the road temporarily veers east or west.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 10:35 am

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