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jm141302Impatience gets punished  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2016


My goal was to get up Skokomish and be back in Olympia by noon. Left my car at Putvin TH at 5, ran up to Lake of Angels in a hour and a half, and started up the boulder strewn gully above the lake. I did very little research on this one, but knew the general area. At the saddle above Lake of Angels, I knew I had to sidehill a bit then go up. I got impatient and turned uphill much too soon. I went up a small gully and found myself on the NE summit. Rather than backtracking, I traversed the top thinking it might get easier. I got to the SW face of this summit and chose to downclimb to where I could see the correct route. There were some very sketchy class 5 moves and I'm a little disturbed thinking back on it. With luck, I made it back to the route. Knowing I was at least near the correct summit, I shot up a little early again and got to the knife-edge ridge just below the top. I had to scoot along the ridge with sharp, vertically aligned shale up my butt and hundreds of feet of nothing on either side. With cut-up hands I finally made it to the top by 8:10. I only stayed at the top for 10 minutes. Went down the correct way and got back to the car at 10:45. Not my smartest day, but still enjoyable.
Posted Sep 11, 2016 10:20 am

awilsondcBetter than expected  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2016


I put this one off for several years thinking it would be too hard for a day hike. Turned out to be much easier than expected, similar to Mt. Stone. Snow starting at the first basin, Lake of the Angels just starting to melt... from the 5700 ft pass the snow on the SE face made the traverse over to the base of the summit block a breeze by covering up most of the dreaded loose choss. One of the best views from any summit in the Olympics I've seen. 7 hours 40 minutes car to car. Trip report here.
Posted Jun 6, 2016 11:57 pm

Ian CulhaneLake of Angels Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2014

Ian Culhane

Great day trip from Lake of the Angels. Ascended to the notch, dropped down to scree and traveled along the slope before climbing up to the summit. Exciting scramble near the summit; don't cut up to the ridge too soon! Ran into a friendly herd of goats on the return trip
Posted Aug 7, 2014 1:50 am

olympicmarmotgreat day, even with knee pain  Sucess!


Hiked in and set up camp on top of the ridge above lake of the angels. Took a day trip to haggen lake and twinged my knee in the process. It was still sore the next day, but I wasnt leaving without bagging skokomish. Traversed out to the south peak and scooted up it in the blazing sunshine. Spent a good chunk of the beautiful afternoon there enjoying the view. Fun all around easy climb
Posted Jan 29, 2014 3:52 pm

gimpilatorLoose Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2012


I saw 10 goats, 4 frogs, and a snake. The scramble was very loose, but what do you expect from the Olympics?
Posted Jul 17, 2012 11:23 pm

IBentrynAcres of flowers.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 1996
Easy summit. Great view of Mt. Cruiser. Dayhike from Putvin Trail. Want to revisit on a loop hike out of Staircase.
Posted Mar 22, 2012 3:06 pm

ericwillhiteNo memory  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1992


I've been up around 1,000 peaks and can remember something from them all. This is the only one I have no memory of. Why?
Posted Dec 7, 2011 2:17 am

ShredTheGnarmosquito central  Sucess!


good views
Posted May 5, 2011 2:57 pm

SnowsloggerAnother Oly Front Range Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 1983


Climbed another of the Olympic mtns visible from the Sound. Lots of up for a not very high mtn (like all the Olympics).
Posted Dec 29, 2009 12:05 am

tleafCherry on the top!  Sucess!


Back in 1989 I climbed Mt Skokomish with my father-in-law and husband. Our intention was to climb up to Lake of the Angels and be satisfied, but the mountain called to me. Fabulous and fun.
Posted Mar 11, 2008 5:20 pm

Snidely WhiplashSteep approach trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 1990

Snidely Whiplash

Man, that Putvin trail is steep!
Posted Feb 26, 2007 1:24 am

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