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Eye Candy on Chair Peak: A Beautiful Winter Hike

 
Eye Candy on Chair Peak: A Beautiful Winter Hike

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.46039°N / 121.46849°W

Object Title: Eye Candy on Chair Peak: A Beautiful Winter Hike

Date Climbed/Hiked: Feb 15, 2012

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Winter

 

Page By: Josh Lewis

Created/Edited: Apr 1, 2012 / May 19, 2013

Object ID: 783721

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A Beautiful Day on Chair Peak

This Trip Report is more of a Eye Candy Report. Enjoy! :-D
It was a Wednesday Morning when we arrived at the Alpental parking lot with semi cloudy views. The weather seemed questionable whether or not it would be a good day to see the surrounding mountains. But as always the adventure and the good company are always more important... but this time I was in for a bonus.

Path into the Woods
Path into the Woods
Sun Spot on the Trail
Sun Spot on the Trail
Misty Cliffs Above
Misty Cliffs Above
Looking Down the Valley
Looking Down the Valley

Morning from Alpental
Morning from Alpental

The hike started out as a nice gentle hike though snowy woods and then onto a skier track heading towards the base of Chair Peak. At the base of Chair Peak we put on our snowshoes and start heading around onto the Eastern side of Chair Peak. Originally Zephyr wanted to just check out the high point above Chair Peak, but the pathway we were traveling was too good to pass down.

Slope View to the East
Slope View to the East
Snow Lake Pass Below
Snowlake Pass Below
Southern Edge of Chair Peak
Southern Edge of Chair Peak
Mountains coming in View
Mountains coming in View

Walking out of the Woods
Walking out of the Woods

Ridges and Trees though the Mist
Ridges and Trees though the Mist

Guye Peak Covered in Clouds
Guye Peak Covered in Clouds

Once we got onto the ridge we decided to take a break and enjoy the lifting clouds over the mountains while having lunch. My fingers just could not resist capturing the moment.

View to the South
View to the South
Chair Peak Finally in View
Chair Peak Finally in View
Approaching Chair Peak
Approaching Chair Peak
Chair Peak s East Face
Chair Peak's East Face

Looking down on Zephyr
Looking down on Zephyr
Bryant Peak during Winter
Bryant Peak during Winter
Zephyr in a Winter Wonderland
Zephyr in a Winter Wonderland
Yours Truely with Chair Peak
Yours Truely with Chair Peak

Snow Ridge and Mountains Rising Above
Snow Ridge and Mountains Rising Above

Our Pathway up Chair Peak
Our Pathway up Chair Peak

The slope ahead looked a little steep until we got onto it. Zephyr and I were very excited as we hike along what appeared to be a cornice but was actually a snow ridge that gave a beautiful illusion of one. Looking up on the right of Chair Peak it seemed as though I could get about 800 feet from the summit which is much better than we had anticipated.

Ice Climbing the North Face
Ice Climber on the North Face
The First Pitch of the North Face
First Pitch of the North Face
Snow Lumps with Contrasting Light
Contrasting Snowy Lumps
Looking Down Chair Peak
Looking Down Chair Peak

Chair Peak Rising though the Clouds
Chair Peak Rising though the Clouds
Beautiful Cornices on Chair Peak
Beautiful Cornices on Chair Peak

Whisping Cloud on Chair Peak
Whisping Cloud on Chair Peak

The snow then became very wind blown making it a lot easier to travel though the snow. A while later we made it to a high point on the North side of Chair Peak and called it a day. Certainly a good day out.

Overcoat Peak above the Clouds
Overcoat above the Clouds
Looking Down on Snow Lake
Looking Down on Snow Lake
Wright Mountain Below
Wright Mountain Below
Zephyr Heading Out
Zephyr Heading Out

Ice Climbing near Alpental
Ice Climbing near Alpental

Mount Stuart Above the Clouds
Mount Stuart Above the Clouds

McClellan Butte s East Face
McClellan Butte's East Face

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Matt LemkeI can tell...

Matt Lemke

Voted 10/10

your trip reports just by looking at the name on the "What's New" page!
Looks like there is LOTS of snow up there still! Down here the snow has nearly completely melted. We will be having a very long backpacking/climbing season here in CO this summer. Nice TR
Posted Apr 2, 2012 1:53 am

Josh LewisRe: I can tell...

Josh Lewis

Hasn't voted

Still plenty of snow here in Washington. Within the past week it has been melting like crazy but there is still tons of it. I'm excited about Colorado, hope it's not too dry. ;-)
Posted Apr 25, 2012 2:46 am

Matt LemkeRe: I can tell...

Matt Lemke

Voted 10/10

Nah...shouldn't be too dry. It will still be June in the wettest part of Colorado
Posted Apr 25, 2012 12:49 pm

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