Route Climbed: Upper Trail Head to summit via avalanch chute Date Climbed: April 18, 2003
If you are looking for a great day climb for conditioning purposes, this is the place. We reached the summit in three hours, would have been much sooner, but ended up post holing to our waist with 40 lbs on our backs. Bring snow shoes. Great place to practice using your ice axe. Great glissade down. Very awesome view at summit if the clouds stay away. I would recommend this climb as a introduction climb to any friends who are considering alpine climbing. When there is snow, this climb provides some of the elements of other alpine type climbs.
Route Climbed: standard winter route Date Climbed: January 18, 2003
My wife Shirley and I climbed this great little peak on a perfect day in mid-January. Clear skies, warm, and sunny the whole day. Were able to get thru. to within about 1/2 mile of the lower TH (though we could've pushed all the way to the lower TH as some cars did). Great views from top incl. the interior Olympics, the line of Cascade giants, and even (not as nice) the Seattle skyline. The glissade was the best one we've had to date! Can't wait to go back and do the neighboring Mt. Washington.
Route Climbed: (lower trailhead) Date Climbed: January 19, 2003
This is a great day climb, and had one of the most memorable glissades! We glissaded from the summit basin down to about 100 yards or so to the top of the trail in about 10 minutes and earned major power-wedgies.
The snow was was pretty loose, and slushy in some places, however. On the ascent, I post-holed and slogged big time, since I had opted to not bring crampons with me. Beautiful day, and excellent 360-degree view!