We were coming down from a snow scramble of Snoqualmie when someone said, "Why don't we do Guye?" We were in the saddle, so up we went.
Great sunset scramble with the Mountaineers. The trail from the parking lot to Snoqualamie junction is up the stream bed - some water - no navigation issues. Snow about 300-500 feet from this point. Snow on the trail all the way to the summit. Not too slushy for the end of the day, but warm temps should be melting it out quickly.
Do yourself a favor and get into this basin and climb these peaks!
Boealps BCC climb. Turned around due to avy danger
Walked up to the first peak. Snow-shoes or other floatation needed after leaving the packed trails in the Commonwealth Basin until close to the peak. Kicked some steps after that to get to the first peak and peak at the rap gully. Saw some sloughing and melting in the gully and decided against going further.
Scrambled Guye from the western approach. Left the WAC cabin at noon, returned there at 5. Alpental lot was full, but trail was in pretty good shape. Even in October we appreciated the shade on the steep ascent. At first major talus/boulder field we had lunch, then proceeded up drainage on most-obvious boot track where 2-3 other parties were descending (but learned later we could have gone more south/right more directly to the low point of the saddle and Guye). Found running water 300m up the drainage above turn-off to Guye in the valley at the base of Cave Ridge. Then back-tracked to the lip of the Snoqualmie--Guye saddle and worked our way south, up and over the south side of Cave Ridge and finally to the low point of the saddle (with boot tracks coming up from Alpental and Commonwealth). From there it was an easy 300m to a nice pond with great camp sites, but we went counter-clockwise around the pond and ran into a dead-end. Reversed again, clockwise and stayed east of the pond as we went south towards Guye. Up steep, damp trail and broke out onto the summit approach slabs with great views. Liam summited first and tried out his drone. Cora and Silas made it, too, and we all enjoyed panoramic clear views to Rainier and beyond. Thompson had a dusting of snow... Descent was fast (1.25 hours) and we added a couple cairns to mark the shorter route from our lunch-time talus field. Look for a dead, tall silver tree trunk with no branches to the south/right if you want the shortest scramble to Guye.
Pretty fun day. Recommend doing these early since the sun can really blast the steep trail in early to mid afternoon. Snoqualmie was straightforward with awesome views all around. Guye was a fun scramble to the true summit (via North Ridge route). We didn't bring any protection. If you don't bring protection, at least bring a helmet. The scramble isn't all that bad, there just aren't a lot of good holds that make the exposure feel that more real.
Did this peak as part of our Scrambling Course I was teaching. Short and steep. Complete white out, so we didn't get to see anything at the top.
Climbed Guye via the Improbable Traverse route. Wow! Only got off-route (and backtracked and corrected) once, although we were paranoid almost the whole time. The eponymous traverse was frightening but quite fun.
My parents had a chalet just below Guye Peak. Did this many times growing. We did this once with our pellet guns.
day and only party on the peak!
Cloudy day. Snow on route.
Scramble summit (north summit). That's good enough for me.
Quick up and down of Guye Peak following Snoqualmie.
Bad weather the day before had 13 people missing in the commonwealth basin. We decided to turn around when we couldn't find terrain to continue without danger.
Snow 1 field trip with the WAC.
Hiked it alone in a short day, not sure if I reached the true summit or one of the sub-summits, but got pretty close either way.
1x with Doug and Jon
Group climb in the fog.