We came up from Chikamin Lake after climbing Lemah, completing a loop back to camp at Spectacle Lake that was longer than we planned for. We made the mistake of gaining the ridge west of the peak and had to contour the steep south side right below the summit. If coming from that side, go up the steep snow to the notch east (left) of the summit. We saw absolutely no people back in there. No footprints either, unless you count the goats.
Paul's completion of the "Snoqualmie 20" list as well as his last hike prior to moving from Washington. Nice peak, although our loop route is not recommended.
I really futzed this one up and didn't do much research beforehand. Took the Smoot beta and based on my GPS mapping, and Green Lakes map, I took the PCT to the slopes west of Chikamin Ridge. Finding no obvious route, I left the trail too far North along the PCT and worked up steep grass and loose rock of the westerly slopes and finally summited...the WRONG Chikamin. I wasn't the first to stand atop this knoll though, but I could tell that there was a higher point to the South. So I traversed on over and around and found my way to the correct top. From there, I tried initially to go down a new way semi direct to the PCT, but didn't enjoy it too much so I headed back up the ridge, and dropped down the other side. Managed to navigate well to find the route above Glacier Lake, which is quite the gem, and then hoofed it semi cross country back to the trail near Park Lakes, and out. More effort than expected, but all in all, much better than hanging out at the cubicle.
Went in Mineral Creek and went by the turnoff to Glacier Lake. This and a too conservative of a turnaround time cost me at least two hours. Made it up to the slabs below the saddle before turning around. I have posted a number of pics from my day on both the Mountain page and Glacier Lake Route page, which should help from a route finding standpoint.
The brush on Mineral Creek is as bad as advertised! The scenery around Glacier Lake is stellar, and worth the visit alone!
My very first "real" summit. This three day backpack in October 2007 took us to Spectacle Lake the first day. Then a cross country trek to Glacier lake and up Chikamin Peak. I didn't even have a camera at the time. The third day was back out in the rain. I managed to get soaked on both of the Lemah Creek crossings.
This was my true virgin trip and from this point on I have been "high on the outdoors"
This trip unexpectedly turned into a solo when my partner decided he needed more sleep. I started just after 5 AM and made decent time to Park Lakes. The views around Glacier Lake were very impressive. Above the lake I found a good swimming hole and a bit higher I hit the slabs. I followed the ridge to the scramble which was short and easy and well-cairned. It was exactly as etsnyd described it. I found that the "bunk bed" move is naturally protected by a slot wall. It was hot all day and the mosquitoes were ferocious but I didn't mind too much. New record for mosqy bites in one day: 34.
Great trip except for soaking my boots going through the dewey Mineral Cr trail brush. About 18 miles, 6000' of gain, 13 hrs car-to-car
climbed up before bed; great views
This is a long, hard day. My advice...Go to Glacier Lake and lose the elevation. We went south on the PCT to find the gully leading to Chikamin Ridge. Finding the correct gully is difficult from here, although most gullies ultimatley will work. The Mineral Creek Park trail is also very rough. After this trip, you will feel like you've traveled farther than the 14 miles that it is supposed to be officially.
Everyone else we read about takes the route around Glacier lake. Why drop from 5600' down to 4800' and then scramble 2200' to the top when you can keep that hard-earned altitude on the P.C.T. then climb a very direct thigh-burning gully to the summit? This was a very long 13+ hour day, but very rewarding. Only Chimney and Lemah are higher. Hmm, wonder how the view is from Lemah three...
(see our trip report & photo's)
I'll tell you why. Finding the right gully from the PCT is hard. It is very, very steep grass that is slippery and hard for your footing. If descending that way, your body takes quite a bit of beating on that steep grass. I have gone both ways, and it's easier to go from Glacier Lake.