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Snidely WhiplashSteep Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2001

Snidely Whiplash

And buggy. But beautiful lake and great views.
Posted Nov 11, 2013 3:25 pm

DayspringLabrynth Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013

Dayspring

My first time hiking this trail. It is still every bit as steep and unimproved as described. After the recent rains, it was also a bit muddy and the roots were slick. There were about 4 blowdowns we had to climb over which made the going a little more difficult. The rewards were worth it though as the sparkling Minotaur Lake was a welcome place to stop to refuel.

Our goal however was to unknowingly follow Goldman's 75 scrambles book and climb the to the west saddle and follow the ridgeline to the summit. We saw some hikers coming down a faint trail from the saddle and figured that was the described route. Getting to the saddle wasn't much of a problem, but the loose rock, damp conditions and significant exposure made for a more challenging and risky scramble than I had anticipated. Route finding was tricky and at one point we had to use a handline to downclimb a section safely. We were not prepared with helmets or harnesses but I would recommend them as this is more of a 4th class scramble than the easy 3rd class described in the book.

We enjoyed the summit views, and then happily descended the easier "Alternate" route along the east side of Minotaur with great views of Theseus and then made the quick descent back to the car.

The Larch trees were just starting to change. This place would be absolutely beautiful on a clear day in early October just before the snow arrives.

1 hour to get to the lake. 1 hour to get to the summit.
Posted Sep 9, 2013 1:18 pm

kevinsaLabyrinth Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2008

kevinsa

Fun scramble - beautiful scenery.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 11:12 pm

deekaydrollyFor my dad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

deekaydrolly

Cold, wet and windy exhilarating - I appreciate Brian's input as I was able to locate the summit and then the climber's log... once you reach the ridge.... go to the right while facing the summit... once you hit the summit, it's safer to go to the LEFT and around the boulders that separate the climber from the log... quite worthwhile... less than 4 hours roundtrip from Minotaur Trailhead... according to Greentrail Maps the elevation is 6376 ft. (?)
Posted Sep 27, 2011 12:10 am

ericwillhiteSummit plus 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2005

ericwillhite

After a summit right at the cloud level, we dropped back down to the lake and climbed 2 other 400+ peaks to the east "Theseus Peak 6012" after the lake, and "Boundary Sign Peak 5754" since there was a boundary sign near the summit. Map and pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/labyrinth_mountain/stevens_pass_084.htm
Posted Oct 7, 2009 1:28 am

ericnoelStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2009

ericnoel

Good fall color and a pretty all around hike.
Posted Oct 4, 2009 10:18 pm

gimpilatorLovely Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

gimpilator

I went with Redwic and his friends today. This trail wastes no time with unnecessary switchbacks or constructed stairs. The lakes are very scenic and there are a lot of options for scrambling near the top although the main trail is only class 2.
Posted Aug 15, 2009 5:52 pm

RedwicA Great Conditioner!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

Redwic

Now that local peaks such as Mount Si and Mailbox Peak are overrun by visitors, I have been looking for another worthy conditioner hike that has yet to be overrun by visitors. This just might be the one. The trail wastes no time gaining elevation, and it was a lot of fun. The scenery is awesome!
This hike was a last-minute choice courtesy of "Gimpilator", and we were joined by my childhood friends Chris and Adam.
Posted Aug 15, 2009 5:46 pm

Cascade ScramblerSteep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009

Cascade Scrambler

The first mile is soul crushing. With decent snow cover still above the switchbacks, it was easy to take a straight shot directly up to Minotaur Lake. Theseus is snow free, Minotaur is almost entirely still frozen. The views from the summit were amazing- Glacier looked especially crisp today.
Posted Jun 29, 2009 2:45 am

EastKingVia Bootpath  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008

EastKing

Beautiful summit views. Colors are beginning to change here. TR coming soon.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 6:19 am

spotlyLoop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007

spotly

Took the path to the summit then returned via the south ridge scramble. All to myself till near the TH. Oops - the summit register still needs replaced. Is this really 7 miles RT? Seemed much shorter.
Posted Sep 9, 2007 1:18 pm

FlandersLast Peak of Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Flanders

If your going up bring a new summit log - the old one is full.

Would be a great hike in late September. There was still snow in August around Minotaur lake. There were jumping trout, flowering heather and lupines once you got past the intial steep climb.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 8:06 pm

Brian JenkinsBuggy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Brian Jenkins

With Flanders on our annual hiking trip. Biting flies from the car to the lake (steep!). Then mosquito swarms around the lake to the summit. Beautiful place, just wish I could have spent some time there instead of tagging the summit and heading for the safety of the car. I've only seen bugs worse one time in my life. Still amazing views and a good time as always with Flanders.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 1:19 am

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