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Re: November in Seattle - where to climb?

Postby Sunny Buns » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:04 am

If a miracle occurs and the road to the Cascade Pass trailhead in North Cascade NP is open, then forget all the others I mentioned and do the Cascade Pass hike. Scenery is awesome. Easy hike if no snow - otherwise might need crampons or snow-shoes - call the rangers in Marblemount, WA. Phone # used to be: 360-856-5700

The hike: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cascade-pass
A preview of the scenery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1AWFR47l3g
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Re: November in Seattle - where to climb?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:56 am

By November the Cascade River Road will be gated at MP 19 (Eldorado Creek trail head), requiring an extra ~3.5 mile hike to reach the Cascade Pass trail head. The road is typically drivable to MP 19 through December most years, unless a tree or washout blocks the road. Whether the shutdown ends in time and NCNP re-opens by your visit is yet to be seen.
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Re: November in Seattle - where to climb?

Postby Josh Lewis » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:19 am

Extra 3.5? I thought it was 3 miles. I admit though that this assumption is completely based on the mile markers. Is that why hiking to Cascade Pass felt like a workout? :wink:
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Re: November in Seattle - where to climb?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:10 pm

I don't recall what the exact mileage is, I do recall it was at least 3 miles. Road walking always seems more onerous than trail walking to me.
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Re: November in Seattle - where to climb?

Postby EastKing » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:23 pm

Autoxfil wrote:I will likely be in Seattle for work on or around Nov 13th. I should be able to swing a day off to do something fun.

Should I expect the Twin Sisters to be snow-free? Any other places for long day climbs not too far from Everett with a max difficulty of 3rd class or self-arrest-able-snow? I'm pretty fit and fast, so 10 mile approaches are ok.


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