So much fun. The true boulder summit was too risky for me, but a more experienced climber in our party got up there. You can still stand a couple feet below it and get amazing views and a sense of accomplishment!
Left Mountaineer Creek at 8 am, summited in the afternoon after going over Prusik Pass. Combined with Mesa peak and exited hook creek, got out around 11 pm. Very long day, tons of mosquitos in Shield Basin.
Wasn't sure what to expect for conditions on this one so did it over 3 mellow days. Day 1 was hike to Leprechaun Lake and camped there. Trail was mostly dry until the sections beyond Snow Lakes. Lots of steep and icy terrain. Day 2 was summit. Lots of good ole post-holing. Trail was decently carved out to Perfection Lake and everything beyond was all new trail breaking. Snow was knee deep in spots, but really wasn't all that bad. Summit was kinda dicey with big boulders, deep snow, and lots of ice. Views were INCREDIBLE with the snow/ice on all the beautiful spires in the Stuart Range. Day 3 was was hike out. The warm weather must have melted a bunch of snow and then froze over because the trail down was much more treacherous than the way up. A long weekend, but much worth it for this more remote summit in the area.
A bit of unpleasantness at the start, but overall not too bad. Traversed across the Enchantments basin to McClellan later that day.
Date is a guess. Via Prusik Pass, while skiing the area. The Enchantment Basin is an ideal ski destination, been up there a coupla times. No crowds during snow season. I found the plateau right below Cannon's summit free of snow however, apparently the wind never lets much snow stay in place.
Planned to climb up via NW ridge after crappy weather forced us out of the North Cascades. Spoke with a few guys at the Stuart lake TH previous weekend who were climbing this route but didn't get any specifics as I didn't think we'd be back this trip. Planned to camp up on ridge maybe 7500'. Snow became constant at 5500' and we made it to 7000' before I became concerned about return trip, increasing wind and clouds. (Like a dough head we brought snowshoes but no crampons and the idea of plunge stepping down didn't entice me.) Weather was worse overnight. Good scouting trip for return with my son next year, maybe 3 day loop while hit Dragontail and Colchuck Peaks also.
I have now done both standard routes. Do yourself a favor and don't mess with the northwest ridge. The prusik pass route is much more scenic and enjoyable.
First Attempt (5/19/12): The snow was icy above 7000 feet on the northwest ridge route. We climbed one dangerous slope with nothing more than micro-spikes. Tyler was stabbed in the face by a dead snag-tree and needed stitches. We continued to Coney Lake but ultimately had to turn around for Tyler.
Very fun scramble. The Lost World Plateau is mind blowing!
Fun, but some serious thwacking. Out via Prusik and Aasgard with some interesting tree and trail skiing down from Colchuck lake. Turns down Aasgard were great!
Had a great time, the fallen over trees at the bottom made for a lesser pleasant ascent, but once we got higher it was easy travel up. On the upper part of the route the scramble was quite fun although a few loose spots on it.
Mostly followed route as described but the reported class 1-2 felt a lot more like class 3 with some mild exposure. Went with Matt and Josh Lewis. Continued on to Enchantment highpoint and over Asgard and out Colchuck. 9:00 am - 1:30 am.
Went up the NW Ridge and there was sustained class 3 to be done. Took awhile. Beware of this. It isn't too hard though. From the summit we headed for Prusik Pass and climbed Enchantments HP on the way out down Aasgard and down the trail. This was a 16 hour day for us so only do this loop if you're in great shape. Spectacular Tour de Enchantments as a day hike though.
Came from Enchantment Peak via Prusik Pass, went out via north ridge and back to the car, making a big loop.
We came in over Aasgard Pass, and camped on the Druid Plateau.
Fun little friction moves to the top!
With E Sandbo, M Woodmansee & L Rasmussen. Left after work Friday and drove to Stuart Lake/Colchuck Lake TH. Readied packs at TH for hike in to Colchuck Lake intending to climb N Buttress of Dragontail Peak. While Mike wasn't looking Eric hid smallish watermelon in Mike's pack for breakfast in the morning. Made the lake just at twilight. While getting ready for bivy Mike found watermelon, lots of laughs. Up early in the morning and hiked over to start of climb. Scary, slabby, wet looking climb. Couldn't coax anyone to lead first pitch. Group decided to hike up Asgard Pass and truck over to Prusik where friend Howard and SAC group were going to climb W Ridge. Scrambled up W Ridge and met Howard on summit. Visited for awhile and then downclimbed route to Prusik Pass. Decided to hike up Cannon Mountain. Neat plateau with many rock pools. Hiked up to summit great views, had lunch. Looked down, SW?, and could see road and TH. Straight down had to be quicker than back the way we had come so down we go. Nice booted glissade down snow slope. Snow slope narrowed to thin gulley so braked glissade somewhat in order to not shoot off some unseen cliffs after a bit gully widened again to good slope. Finally fun ended and down talus, brush and trees. Several cliffs encountered so couple of rappels then finally to abandoned road and eventually to car.
Summited Cannon during a 1-day hike through the Enchantments/Rat Lakes.
Route started at Colchuck T.H., ascended Aasgard Pass, then through the upper Enchantments to Prusik Pass to the summit.
This time there was a summit register (packed inside a plastic water bottle stuffed between some rocks.)
Descended via Shield and Earl Lakes, then mistakenly bushwhacked down the drainage to Nada Lake. (planned route was to descend via Toketie lake, which would have been much more enjoyable.)
Did a three day solo loop, didn't intend to originally and only had intended to do some 'safe' camping. I got a late start on friday afternoon and ended up camping at Colchuck lake that evening. The next day I went up over Aasgard, down to Rune Lake, over Prussik Pass to Shield's where the skeeters ran me out. Contoured my way over the ridge between Shields and Mesa Lake and found my way over to Coney Lake. Lonely place, rarely visited. Camped there.
Next morning went up and out the gully on the southwest side, tagged Cannon and headed down to
the south west (not the northwest ridge route). Eventually came out on the trail about a half mile or so from the TH. I'll write a complete trip report on this in the near future as you don't ever want to go out the way I did, especially solo.