Snow above ~6500 ft. White out at the col but the summit was above the clouds, glad I continued.
I snuck in a trip to Colchuck just before the June 15 start date for permits. Camped in the boulder field below the Colchuck glacier and made too time up to the Col and onto Colchuck proper. Storms had been threatening all day and I finally turned around just shy of the summit when I noticed a menacing cloud front approaching. I rushed down the glacier and boulders, just diving into my tent as the rain started. I've been to Colchuck a few times now and always get turned around shy of the summit. I'll let this one be for not and probably be back before long with a prime season permit in hand.
Successful climb up the North Buttress Couloir, snow was melting badly on the north face and plenty of loose rock if you want it. Made it car to car in 13 hours, started from Bellingham, Wa, at 2 am on the 16th, arriving back in bellingham at midnight the same day
Firm conditions on Colchuck glacier. Beat the crowds. Beautiful. Outstanding views.
Unusually warm day for May. Lot's of rockfall and terrible snow conditions, but a beautiful day and a great workout.
Rode my bike from Icicle Road up to the trail head to find no snow at all on the road and the parking lot 80% clear. A big NO THANK YOU to the rangers for leaving the road gated for no apparent reason.
Great climb. Beautiful day. Lake was still frozen and we skinned across. Glacier made for a scary/icy ski down and there was deep snow up top. We could see a party up on Triple Couliours on Dragontail.
The glissade was well worth the climb.
A somewhat cloudy but still a great ascent via the Colchuck glacier. Fantastic glissade.
Climbed from the trailhead to the summit in 4.5 hrs. Wore approach shoes until below the glacier, then boots - crampons weren't necessary, although the top 100' was a little firm and icy. Cloudy day unfortunately. Traversed to Dragontail then down Aasgard Pass afterwards. Definitely recommend the two as a linkup.
Had fun going up the Col, as well as the summit itself.
In a two-day span with great weather and great snow conditions, Gimpilator, Josh Lewis, and I summited Colchuck Peak, then Dragontail Peak, then Little Annapurna, and finally Enchantment Peak. Over 10000' of cumulative elevation gain
but still a great early season climb
Colchuck Glacier mulitple ascents, NE Couloir (winter), NE Buttress (fantastic rock climb, one of the best in the Cascades IMHO)
Shared the route with one couple but other than that, all quiet. The crux was the long drive back to Spokane.
First time up this summit! Snow was soft, sunk to knees some despite following steps ahead of us, but did ok. Topped out at noon. Like others, great glisade!
After trying to plan this trip for about 6 weeks and always having something come up to thwart my plans, including pneumonia, I finally was able to make the trip. The weather forecast threatened to keep me away for one more week, but a buddy and I went anyway. We were rewarded with clear blue skies, little to no wind and gorgeous views from the top. Thank you to the party that left before us, (my alarm didn't go off) we had a perfect trail of steps already kicked into the deep, soft snow. Great trip and I will do this one again.
Almost gave up at the lake but decided to go for it at the last minute. Going down was the best glissade in my entire life. Beautiful. Exhausting. Well worth it.
Was invited on this trip with EastKing. Summited in the evening with a quick glissade down.
The longest glissade ever...