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Thomas, Para Point, Mount Baldy, and Domeire Peak Route

 
Thomas, Para Point, Mount Baldy, and Domeire Peak Route

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Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Thomas, Para Point, Mount Baldy, and Domeire Peak Route

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 1

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Page By: EastKing

Created/Edited: May 31, 2010 / May 31, 2010

Object ID: 625410

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Overview

The view from Domerie
 


If you are looking for an intermediate multiple summit peakbagging hike filled with great views that this is the hike for you. There is nothing technical about this hike but it is a great workout and you are able to bag four peaks in one day. This hike is actually best when conditions are questionable on higher mountains and you really don't want to do repeat hikes again. At 10 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain this hike will keep you in good shape for the larger climbs such as Hood, Colchuck, Rainier and others. Yet this multiple summit trip doesn't feature many of the risks that the others have. These mountains are also a little shelter by the western Cascades meaning that weather is often better here that the western counter parts.

The best part about this multiple summit route is that it is only just over one hour from downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Yet despite being fairly close this route is not used nearly as often as those of Mount Si, Granite Mountain, and Mailbox Peak. The views here are also quiet different from those of the Western Cascades.

Waterfall
 

Getting There

VIA THE WESTERN TRAILHEAD FROM I-90: You want to take Exit 70 which is called the Easton/ Sparks Road exit. Head north and make an immediate left turn. Drive one mile and make a right on the Kachess Dam Road. After 0.8 miles past the telephone poles make a right turn onto an unmarked forest road.Drive a mile along the unmarked forest road to the dead end trailhead.

Route Description

Thomas Mountain
 


To Para Point and Thomas Mountain: Thomas Mountain can be reach by trail therefore the terrain is pretty much Class 1 all the way to the summit. That being said the Easton Ridge Trailhead #1212 trail up to the first intersection switchbacks up the northern part of Easton Ridge with a steep 1100' elevation gain in roughly 0.8 miles. It is followed by Domerie Divide Trail #1308.2 has 1350' elevation gain in 1.4 miles in which most of the elevation gain in the last (steep) 0.8 miles. From there make a left onto #1308.2 and roughly 1.25 from Para Point to the summit.

Domerie Peak
 


To continue to Mount Baldy and Domerie Peak Starting at Para Point you must head southeast using Trail #1308 along the ridgetop for 1.6 miles, passing Mount Baldy during the traverse. To hit Mount Baldy you go 1.1 miles descending three hundred feet and ascending five hundred feet. To continue to Domorie Peak you must drop five hundred more feet and ascend one hundred to the true summit. Domerie Peak requires some YDS Class II scrambling if you ascend the rocky summit on the western side for the final summit slopes.

Mt. Baldy
 


Essential Gear

Summer Time: Just 10 essentials and normal hiking gear. Trekking poles are very useful

Spring Time: Depending on conditions, snowshoes, an ice axe and traction devices maybe useful for these summits. Check local conditions.

From Mount Baldy...
 

External Links

The Best place to look up recent trip and current conditions in the Central Cascades

Images

Lake Cle ElumThomas MountainThe view from DomerieWaterfallFrom Mount Baldy...View from Thomas MountainFrom Baldy Mountain
View from Thomas MountainWeather moving in on BaldyThe view heading up to Para PointMt. BaldyDomerie PeakMount ThomasMount Baldy