A fun family adventure on the Ptarmigan Traverse

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A fun family adventure on the Ptarmigan Traverse
Created On: Dec 9, 2008
Last Edited On: Sep 14, 2013

A fun family adventure

Click on the photo to enlarge. This is a photo of the peaks of the Ptarmigan Traverse, from the summit of Forbidden Peak. Visible in the foreground is Mixup Peak and two important saddles to the left: Cache Col and Gunsight Notch. Next behind is Spider Mountain on the left, then the Middle Cascade Glacier and Mount Formidable. Finally on the distant left is Dome Peak with Glacier Peak far behind. Photo by Michael Stanton.

In 2009, I did the Ptarmigan Traverse from the South to the North. The 2009 trip report is much more detailed and has more photos.

Go to 2009 trip report.

The other day I was asked to name my favorite hike. I have done so many hikes I can't remember nearly half of them (see my hike page for a list starting in 2002), but certainly one of my favorites has been the Ptarmigan Traverse of the North Cascades. This is a high alpine traverse involving daily glacier travel through rugged North Cascades magesty. A few years ago, my family (dad, mom, sister, and I) did this beautiful 6-day hike. Below are some of my photos.

In August 2007, my mom and I did a 2-night backpack to just past Kool-Aid Lake on the Ptarmigan Traverse. The second day I climbed Mt. Formidable. Click this link to see photos and a trip report for Mt. Formidable.

DAY 1: My sister Jenny climbing up to Cache Col.
DAY 1: Mountain goats at Kool-Aid Lake.
DAY 1: Campsite at Kool-Aid Lake.
DAY 2: Approaching Mid Cascade Glacier.
DAY 2: Camp at Yang-Yang Lake.
DAY 3: South Cascade Glacier.
DAY 4: Sliding down a snowfield into White Rock Lake, on our rest day at White Rock Lakes.
DAY 4: Looking at the next day’s traverse of Dana Glaicer, taken from White Rock Lakes.
DAY 5: Pink monkey flower on hillside traverse.
DAY 5: Traversing Dana Glacier.
DAY 5: Nighttime view from tent on Itswoot Ridge.
DAY 6: Tiger lily on trail.

More on my website

This trip report is copied from my website, which has several other climbing trip reports and photographs from the North Cascades and elsewhere: http://www.stephabegg.com.


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mvs - Dec 9, 2008 9:43 pm - Voted 10/10


hey Steph, you always have my permission to use my photos, heck, I know you are going to always use them well!


StephAbegg - Dec 9, 2008 10:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: always

Thanks! I've been enjoying transferring some of my trip reports to summitpost this week...

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