Dome Peak Climber's Log

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Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Apr 30, 2001 5:39 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Route Date Climbed: August 1975

Climbing Dome Peak was the centerpiece of a cross-country trip I enjoyed with my mountaineering mentors, who also happened to be my uncle and aunt. We did nearly a complete loop, starting at the Downey Creek trail on the Suiattle River Road, and ending at the end of the Suiattle River Road two miles from the starting point. The route follows the southern terminus of the Ptarmigan Traverse proper, then instead of crossing Spire Col and proceeding to White Rock Lakes, we left the route, crossed Itswoot Ridge, then ascended the slopes toward Dome, crossing the upper portion of Dome Glacier, and climbing to the high col NW of the summit. There we camped for two nights in terrific weather. On the day between the two nights we climbed Dome using the summit ridge. In 1975 the "curiously perched boulder" mentioned by Beckey was still on the summit. The trip continued down the Chikamin Glacier to the east, over the Spruce-Chikamin ridge at the east end of the glacier, then SW to Garden Pass, Ross Pass, Totem Pass, and Canyon Lake, then by trail to Image Lake and down Miners Ridge to the Suiattle River and out to the cars. From the Dome Peak area on, this route constitutes one of the extensions of the Ptarmigan Traverse. Click here for a photo of yours truly sitting on the summit boulder of Dome Peak.

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