The first time we went up the high point and descended/glissaded down the slope to meet the trail lower down. then in '10 went up the lower peak with the fire lookout.
Took my Mom up this hike for a change in scenery, as I lived in the Diablo/Ross Lake region of the North Cascades National Park for the past year and hadn't explored as much up the Cascade River Road. Hidden Lake Peaks lookout was amazing. Spectacular day with a short, but scenically varied trail. I loved reaching the upper boulder fields with the streams passing through the trail. Amazing. I'll do it again for fun someday soon!
How many times have i driven past this trailhead on the way to Cascade Pass? Nice little climb/boulder hop with the Mazamas. Lovely day with a turn in the weather lurking in the air.
Great hike, see trip report with map and pictures here http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/hidden_lake_peaks/lookout_049.htm
Went up the winter ridge route. Steep at first, but very direct. Great views from the true summit.
geology research and got to bag a peak... pretty sweet hauling 40lbs of rock
We took advantage of modest snow levels for December and drove to the last switchback on the road. Walked the road, then the trail, then into the drainage. There was evidence of large avy activity already this winter in this drainage but those dangerous slopes were now mostly bare and it was cold which made us relatively unconcerned on this day. But in general this could be a risky area. Hoofed it up the drainage, traversed S for a bit and then hit the ridge at 6200. Hiked up the chilly ridgeline to the top. Fantastic views on a clear cold winter day. Too bad my camera died in the cold. Great hike. Snow conditions are crappy with hard snow, ice, wind scoured crust. No need for snowshoes but we used crampons and axes.
I also visited the lookout site in summer around maybe 2005.
Both peaks were totally socked in, so I'll have to go back.
I climbed this peak way before I knew what SP was- back in the summer of '03. Other than the unsightly gash that the trail cuts across the side of the hill on the way up, the views are just amazing.
road now open!
Started where the Cascade River Rd was no longer plowed at MP 7. This added 3+ miles of road walking, but I turned and went straight up the ridge and cut off the entire Sibley Creek Rd and trail. It was a long 14 miles and 6100' of gain but well worth it...spectacular views! Didn't bother going to the lookout.
Climbed to the Hidden Peak lookout. I am a ridge and rock lover, but for the first time ever (20 years of hiking) I was awestruck by wildflowers. They are incredible here in August! The view is crazy beatiful, and the lookout itself was very interesting. It was the first one I had been in that really showed me beauty and the danger of these places. I learned what a lightning stool is...
Hiked up the sibley creek basin after hiking an extra 1 1/2 miles or so from the road washout. I wish they would teach people how to build culverts and this problem wouldn't happen as much. Anyway, there is still TONS of snow left up there and even if the road wasn't washed out its still impassible most of the way due to snow. The weather moved in on us a few times while on the mntn and left us in a total white out at least 4 times, once for over 30 min!!! The snow was great though, and nice and stable too! Tons of powder at the top from the last few days. Most definately worth the hike and will be doing it again very soon. Great Spring backcountry experience!
Awesome views and beautiful colors on the approach. Great trip and great views from the top.
Went up with Magellan, Josh and some other OSAT'ers. Great trip and nice fall colors.
Trip report tells the story.
I've done this one a few times, and it's been worth it everytime. The one drawback is that the drainage basin can be very buggy in late summer--come prepared.
Great wildflowers in the meadowy valley on approach. Went up to sibley pass and scrambled entire NE ridgeline to summit. Very fun granodiorite blocks. Exceptional views for a full 360 pan of Baker, Shucksan, Pickets, Eldorado, Forbidden, Sahale, Formidable, Joberg, Snowking, Whitehorse. Mid-elevation mountain among higher peaks so all the other kings look really jagged. Scrambled down shorter SW ridgeline to saddle and trail through boulder strewn meadows. Beautiful lake below, very photogenic. Very enjoyable mountain, have done a few times.
This is a great day outing. The views are outstanding!
This was an incredible hike on another beautiful day. Hidden Lake Peak has become my new all time favorite. 115 miles and 2:10 from Greenlake to the TH. With a late start (9:30 am) there were a dozen cars in the lot, and a Mountaineers hiking group milling about. Follow old roadbed to open forest. WTA volunteers did an awesome amount of boardwalk building through the swampy areas last summer. Break out into Sibley Creek valley. It’s very damp until crossing the creek, where it becomes extremely dry. The ferns have given up and laid down. Many steep switchbacks take you to the valley head. It was here at a dry creek crossing (5300’) where I left the trail, heading straight up to Sibley Pass. The going was easy, with an abundance of beautiful rocks in the drainage. At the pass a strong breeze blew the bugs away. It was here the views commenced, with Koma Kulshan, the Triad and El Dorado being the most obvious. 90 minutes to the pass. I also got a look at the 1000’ of boulder hopping I would get to do in order to summit. Follow a sort-of trail over a grassy hump, drop steeply, and let the class 2 playground begin. This was maximum fun, with my route wandering from side to side, and occasionally right on the ridge. I saw at least half a dozen heather or sand benches on the west side, perfect for watching a sunrise on Baker. About 150’ below the summit were two tent-size benches right on the ridge. The blocks were almost entirely stable, and there was no exposure. I only backtracked once. 60 minutes to the top. The summit: WOW! Words failed me as my head tried to keep up with my eyes. Torment, Forbidden, Boston, Sahale, Johannesberg, Formidable, Buckindy, Snowking, Dakobed, and those are just the ones close enough to touch. The tiniest summit PVC tube register ever turned out to be full. I took the register, and stuffed some note pages in there. A bigger PVC pipe and register are definitely warranted. A good hour passed, with only an occasional voice carrying over from the lookout, a half mile away, and 200’ lower. Eventually, I started scrambling down toward the trail where it intersects the gap. This ridge has more substantial tread marks, if being slightly trickier. It was another scrambly trail to the LO, which was packed full of people coming and going. 30 minutes summit to LO. After a look at a copy of an ancient logbook, with signatures of many famous hiking, climbing, and wilderness protection types, it was time to go. I jogged the regular trail most of the way back to the car. 90 minutes, top to bottom. It was great to see so many ladies, and young people on the trail. There were 21 cars in the lot when I left, and not one person up on the summit. 8 ½ mile loop, 4000’ cumulative gain, 6:10 car to car, 4:30 of actual hiking. I cannot stress how unbelievably gorgeous this area is.