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Snowshoe to Red Mountain Summit

 
Snowshoe to Red Mountain Summit

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.39701°N / 121.14493°W

Object Title: Snowshoe to Red Mountain Summit

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Date Climbed/Hiked: Jan 13, 2013

Activities: Hiking

Season: Winter

 

Page By: Jeb

Created/Edited: Dec 13, 2013 / Dec 13, 2013

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Snowshoe to Red Mountain Summit


While most of Washington was at home watching the playoff game, I decided to tackle Red Mountain near Salmon La Sac. I failed to reach this summit last spring after a long loop from Thorp Mountain, and a few weeks ago due to deep powder and a lack of snowshoes. Third time is the charm.



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The thermometer in my car read 5 degrees when I parked on Salmon La Sac road where it meets Road 46. The Forest road was recently groomed for winter recreation and closed to wheeled vehicles, which added 2 miles to the round trip but at least snowshoes were not necessary for the road walk. There was not a cloud in the sky and from the bridge I had a perfect view of Davis Peak and Mount Daniels.



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My planned route started at the summer trail after the last big creek, in order to avoid any potentially hazardous crossing. Beyond the road there was a thin surface crust over 3-4 inches of powder and a solid layer of consolidated snow beneath that. I found occasional relief from the trail-breaking under the canopy of the larger trees where their melt-off provided a firm footing.



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Above 4500' the surface firmed up and Mount Stuart rose into view behind Jolly Mountain and Sasse Mountain to the East. About 200' below the summit the sun disappeared behind a high layer of clouds and that was the last I saw of it until I returned to Renton. This made for a cold summit visit, and so I didn't stay long after pictures and a snack.



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Most of Mount Adams was visible over the Rainier foothills and I could even see Mount Baker far to the North behind Cathedral Rock. This was the first time I am certain that I was looking at Mount Hinman as well as Mount Daniels, both of which I hope to visit this year.



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The descent was quick and painless plunge-stepping through sun softened powder. We didn't see a soul on the mountain until we were passed by a few snowmobiles down at the road. What an amazing day in the Cascades!

 

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French Cabin Mountains Sunrise Pano
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