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setrentRoute Climbed: Hyas Creek Glacier Date Climbed: 11 September, 2005  Sucess!
Camped at Peggy's pond, and summited the next day in a white-out. The route finding put us on fourth class terrian trying to connect the lower and upper glaciers. No view that day.
Posted Dec 23, 2005 12:28 am

renRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: 10/23/05  Sucess!


Spent the night at Peggys pond. Great weather on the way up till I hit the southern saddle of the eastern summit. No views while on top of the true summit. But the weather cleared again as I descended. On my descent I dropped across the snowfield and traversed the granite slabs and loose choss on the nothern side of the Hyas glacier. Beautiful area.
Posted Oct 29, 2005 4:59 pm

jtmerrillRoute Climbed: Hyas Glacier Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!


An amazing climb with some unbelievable views! Went up Hyas Creek Glacier and up the wall, but next time it might be fun to do Lynch Glacier.
Posted Oct 10, 2005 2:47 pm

dysctiRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!


What a climb! This was one of the better hikes I've ever done, thanks to beautiful weather and a great mix of scenery. We camped at Peggys Pond and started up first thing in the morning. I wasn't expecting the route from the main trail to Peggys Pond to be so hairy. I definately want to come back here.
Posted Sep 21, 2005 12:38 am

diceyRoute Climbed: Lynch Glacier Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!
Posted Sep 4, 2005 1:05 pm

washingtonclimberRoute Climbed: hyas creek glacier headwall Date Climbed: septembere 27, 2005  Sucess!
a very enjoyable climb made a day trip out of it it was about 8 hours car to car. the actual climb was a bit short but very enjoyable with awesome scenery. descended via the southeast ridge i think doing the loop is the best option could make a weekend out of it and enjoy what the area has to offer maybe also make a trip up cathedral rock. safe journeys
Posted Sep 1, 2005 12:41 am

cusmx5Route Climbed: Peggy's Pond Date Climbed: June 27, 2004  Sucess!
Done in combination with climb of Cathedral Rock on the previous day. Anchor failure on Cathedral Rock was nearly disastrous. Uneventful slog up the basin and traverse to reach the summit of Mt Daniel.
Posted Jul 19, 2005 7:48 pm

Phil DeckerRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 04 2004  Sucess!

Phil Decker

It's a fun one day hike!
Posted Oct 13, 2004 10:10 pm

sublimesalamanderRoute Climbed: The Lynch Glacier Date Climbed: June 5, 2004  Sucess!


Did this two day climb death march style and knocked it out in one day. Sorry no pics my camera battery froze. I guess I have to go back and do it again now.
Posted Jun 9, 2004 12:18 am

wildstarRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 1993  Sucess!


First summit. Saw Mt. Stuart and got inspired to learn how to rock climb. Enjoyable trip.
Posted Jan 3, 2004 6:11 pm

MoniRoute Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: Oct 10, 1977  Sucess!


With Fred. 1 to 1.5 feet of new snow (last climb of the season for us). Only went to the middle summit.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 8:39 am

hkutukRoute Climbed: Lynch Glacier Date Climbed: August 11, 2002  Sucess!


This route is much longer than the standard routes but it was worth the extra effort. Great alpine scenery and nice mixed snow and rock climb. Climbing in a loop is definitely more enjoyable, especially traversing Lynch glacier was very memorable. Bugs first chased us first from Marmot lake and then from Peggy's Pond. Two day climb and a long drive back home to Portland at 5 in the morning just to be at work at 9...
Posted Nov 14, 2003 12:05 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: October 4, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

See Dean's post below. It was indeed a gorgeous day, amazingly warm for October. Although I have generally quit repeating summits, I wanted to join Dean and Bill on this climb. Having not been up there for over 15 years, it was interesting to see the peak with so little snow - my previous climb being in July with lots of snow still on the mountain. It's much easier and more beautiful with snow, IMO.
Posted Oct 5, 2003 7:52 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2003


Unbelievable fall weather was all the incentive we needed to go after this amazing mountain. Well, the west summit of Mt. Daniel is the high point for both King and Kittitas counties so this was the key incentive which motivated us, but the weather has been incredible and it continued for us through Saturday. It was fitting that the person who put this page up originally, rfbolton , would be one of our group and whose knowledge of this peak was a great blessing to another summitposter and myself.

RPC's outstanding pictures posted recently helped to add more incentive to our effort and I really am amazed that a dog can do this route as several places along the ridge are somewhat loose and nasty as well. What a great viewpoint the summit of the West peak is. The surrounding scenery is absolutely fantastic and despite the hazy skies (from the Crystal Creek fire), a continuous stream of WOW's was uttered by the 3 of us. I could go on and on but it was fun to sign the register kept by the mountaineers. We ended up headlamping out in the dark with my boots killing me, a very long but very rewarding day.
Posted Oct 5, 2003 11:23 am

rpcRoute Climbed: SE Ridge (from Peggy's Pond) Date Climbed: Sept. 27-28  Sucess!


Along with my wife and our dog, climbed this fun peak during an overnight backpack to Peggy's Pond. The weather was unseasonably hot and clear (except for smoke from forest fires). The views were spectacular! We saw Baker, Sloan, and Glacier to the north (and many others I couldn't name), Stuart and its neighbors to the east, and some Snoqualmie Peaks, Rainier, and Adams to the south. This late in the season, the SE Ridge route offers a mostly class 2 (some class 3 sections), totally dry trail to the top. Peasoup Lake at the foot of the Lynch Glacier looked INCREDIBLE from the summit.
Posted Sep 29, 2003 12:02 pm

DickORoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 15  Sucess!
We arrived at the Tucquala Lake trailhead Sunday night 5 PM and set up a tent for the night. Few people, nice Indian summer weather, zero bugs, and a couple of horse camps set up nearby whose occupants do NOT sack out at 8 PM (nor rise at 4 AM). Three of us set off at 5:15 AM with the aim to climb Middle Peak and return by 5:30 PM. Trail in great shape, zero snow along the route BUT warning to newbies, you can actually miss Peggy's Pond under such conditions! We followed the way trail past Cathedral Rock and found a lakelet (NOT aquamarine in color like Peggy's Pond) on a bench south of the Pond and maybe 50 feet lower. Trees in the area effectively hid the Pond from view and with hardly anyone on the trail, well, we missed it. So the way trail we picked up heading west was pretty sketchy, seemed more like imagination than trail, but there was the occasional cairn. Finally we arrived on the high bench above Circle Lake and realized we were following a WAY way trail to the lake, not the ridge route to Daniel. Oops. A somewhat tricky scramble north up a cleft in the main ridge got us back to the ridge route right where the large rock formation rears up at 11:30 AM. Our first view of the Hyas Glacier came at this point, the only "snow" on the route. From here we scrambled up and over at least 4 minor "peaks" covered with very loose rock and scant trail signs, on the way to East Peak. The two climbers ahead of us gave up due to the knife-edge route and the spooky loose rock. We attained the summit of the East Peak at 1 PM, where John and his Malamute greeted us. He left an hour after we had but knew the right way to the ridge trail (duh). Due to the late hour, we basked in the sun and took pix, but decided against heading for Middle or West Peaks. Unwilling to face that loose rock again, we descended by dropping onto the upper glacier, sticking to exposed rock and scree almost all the way back to the ridge trail; had to crampon up for about a 50-meter stretch right at the end. Then we picked up the ridge trail (in fine shape!) and headed back. Unfortunately, remember we never saw Peggy's Pond so we aimed too far south near the end of the ridge when we lost the trail in heather growth. By doing so, we ended up negotiating some pretty steep scrambling down slippery heather slopes with little to hold onto until we got back to the lakelet, then followed paths up to the real Peggy's Pond to admire it. Also to find where the REAL trail takes off for our next visit! From there it was a quick 2 hours back down to the trailhead, arriving at 7:30. Dinner at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum (where else??) and back in Olympia by midnight. Great weather, great trail (or so we hear, yuk yuk) great views: great trip! Enjoy your trip, but if you're new to the trail and it's a dry year like 2003 was, be careful you find Peggy's Pond and not some imposter, or your subsequent travels will be about an hour tougher than they have to be!
Posted Sep 24, 2003 11:46 pm

brandonRoute Climbed: Hyas Glacier Headwall Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2003  Sucess!


Fun route, only to the E Summit and back down. Cooked dinner of a piece of fuselage from the downed helicopter mentined previously. Look for it around the upper Peggy's Pond meadow.
Posted Sep 2, 2003 4:29 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: East slopes Date Climbed: July 17, 1988  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Approached from Peggy's Pond, ascending into Hyas Creek basin, then up onto the ridge to the north. Summitted the East Peak, then descended its west slopes to the ridge leading to the center and west peaks. Traversed the center peak en route to the true summit on the west peak.
Posted Aug 23, 2003 4:30 pm

jtschanzRoute Climbed: Lynch Glacier Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2002  Sucess!


This was a two-day climb of Daniel starting from Tacquala Meadows. While we intended to camp at Marmot Lake the first night, mosquitos drove us higher, near Jade Lake. The next morning we climbed the gully behind Jade Lake and skirted around Peasoup Lake at the base of the Lynch Glacier. This is a beautiful lake with icebergs floating around - every so often the glacier would calve, dumping more ice and snow into the lake. Roping up we ascended the Lynch glacier and scrambled over the rock to the summit. The weather was great and we enjoyed the view for quite a while before beginning the descent. This was a bit tricky - alternating between snow, ice, scree, and rocky cliffs. Finally arriving at Peggy's Pond the mosquitos again drove us out and we decided to hike all the way back to the cars. As is often the case, the descent seemed unnaturally long and we ended up finishing it with our headlamps. Overall a great climb, fantastic setting, and a highlight of the climbing season.
Posted Jul 22, 2003 6:17 pm

iandotenRoute Climbed: Daniel Glacier Date Climbed: November 6, 2002  Sucess!
Nice approach, great campsite @ Peggy's Pond. Big storm blew in while we were on the summit, made descent much more interesting. Greg's wee tiny head led the way... Would like to climb again in summer season.
Posted Dec 17, 2002 9:28 pm

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