Nice outing with a dip in the lake...Valhalla is cold, man!
I fell a lot but it was fun and the summit views great
After having two beautiful days, it was rough having to do this one in the rain (soon turned snow). The approach is super easy and straightforward. The snow was nearly perfect making for fast travel. The only tricky part about this mountain is the last bit, right below the summit. Bring an ice axe and some crampons. The snow was very solid here so there was not much of a problem. Test the snow before getting on it just to be sure. No views due to the snow rolling through, but the final snow scramble was well worth the trip up.
Nice double bagger with mccausland.
With all due respect, the hazards mentioned on the 'Southwest Gully' route page are overstated. When done correctly, this scramble is class 2 max. If you don't like the looks of your route choice, continue scrambling east until it looks better. If you are feeling particularly conservative, you can make an oblique traverse all the way to the saddle between the summit and Pt. 5737 for an easy finish.
From Lichtenwasser Lake, followed the drainage up and cut NW directly to the summit. No views because of weather but still a fun climb.
Don't remember the exact date. This was my first winter scramble in snowshoes. I had a tough time getting up the steepest slope in snowshoes and poles. had to get out the ice ax to pull myself up. The snow was so powdery that getting traction was tough. Another gorgeous day.
Decided to scramble up the mountain while taking a day hike up to the lake. The mosquitoes were relentless down there by the lake so bring a lot of bug spray if you go that late. No snow and a little brushy this time of year but it helped at times because the scrambling was steep at parts.
The first climb of three solid years of mountaineering. Made the summit despite wallowing in snow drifts. One of the better peaks accessible from Smithbrook rd.
The greatest blueberry hike of my life. My socks were stained blue by all the berries that fell down in my boots while going cross-country.
I returned with Heather Anderson for my second attempt. We hiked up McCausland first and then climbed both peaks on Lichtenberg.
My first attempt took place November 21, 2010. Our group of five, Greg Slayden, Eric Noel, Ken Jones, Edward Earl, and myself only made it to the lake before we agreed that we had run out of time for a summit bid. All the fresh powder slowed our progress considerably.
Our first ascent of the season - still lots of snow. The route up the NE flank from the switchback beyond the Smith Brook Trailhead to a saddle above Lichtenwasser and on to the summit is very nice. Views were great.
A very late spring - the Smithbrook Road was still closed by snow only about 1 mile from the highway. We slogged up the road and accessed the NE Ridge from the Smithbrook Trailhead.
Beautiful day on the mountain. Our route down from the lake was much better than our route up. Great views from the summit.
Snowshoed up Smithbrook road, and then aimed for directly for the saddle between Lichtenberg and McCausland. Ascended to the top of the ridge via an avalanche chute that had recently slid but was completely safe given the conditions. Amazing views for 360 degrees- 19 degrees and blue skies, what more can you ask for?
Climbed NE ridge from Lichtenwasser Lake after snowshoeing up Smithbrook Rd. Climbed McCausland the same day.
I hike up to Lake Valhalla annually, and every year I tell myself that I'll climb Lichtenberg Mountain. After giving the west face a try last year (and getting turned around by the sheer wall) I finally reached the summit. Good times!