Standard climb up South Side from packed Cold Springs parking lot, bivy at Lunch Counter, summit and descent on second day.
Climbed on a weekend with a zoo of fellow weekend warriors. Large snowfield just below Lunch Counter, otherwise approach trail was snow-free. Choice of steps to follow clear to summit. Incredible winds at Piker's Peak (50mph+). Lenticular grasped summit all day, but was harmless and did not impede summiting. Incredible glissading possible down to ~7,000'.
A good word out to climbers who found/caught a friend's sleeping pad as it flew down the mtn and anchored it at a cairn... thanks.
Clear day, of clouds and people. Possibly the longest series of glissades to date. Solo
Arrived at "crowded" cold springs on July 13. Camped and hiked around until early morning July 15. Woke at 6:30, suposed to wake at 5:30. Arrived and camped left of lunch counter at around 11:00 were we found awsome camp spots and running water. July 16 woke at about 3:15 and left 9,000 ft at 4:45. Great climb in early morning. Crampons made climbing simple. My brother Josh, my dad Jack, and I arrived at summit at 8:00 and stayed for about half hour. Started glissading down and passed climbers on the way. We were the first ones up. Picked up camp and had a dinner. The rest is slush.
Climbed solo - wish I had taken my skis!
Was a tone of fun. I'm going back to finish it soon. Definatly take weather into consideration!
i climbed to the summit mining shack yesterday and was exploring the summit when i walked along the little ridge to the other side. there was the only windbreak of a few large rocks and such. when i sat down my foot moved a football sized rock, revealing a huge fresh pile of human feces. as i then looked around i realized i was in the middle of the summit toilet. i collected and packed out a whole blue bag of other peoples t.p. BOOOOOOO!!!!
look, i have failed to prepare correctly for daytrip forays into the wilderness and had to desecrate the land with my mess, but i have always been as responsible as i could be. either bury your shame deep as possible and ALWAYS pack out tp- thats never impossible.
if you cant do either, stay in the campground!!!
Climbed with Peter & Robin. Warm weekend so napped for a few hours at base of glacier then began climbing just after sundown. Heavily crevassed - one snowbridge collapsed just behind me. Multiple large bergschrunds towards top. North ridge descent an ugly mess - hard to imagine why people were climbing up the thing.
I hiked this beautiful summit with 2 friends and we snow camped just below timberline. We got a 4:00 a.m. start and had a pleasant slog to the summit by late morning. One of our group brought skis to basecamp and skied all the way down to the car, which made the rest of us very envious. It was a long hike, as the upper 3 miles of the road to the trailhead was still closed due to snow.
Walked 3 miles to Cold Springs. Weather was absolutely delightful. Shorts and tee shirt all day. Climbed to 8800' the first day. Not too many people on Friday, and the snow was hard enough to make walking and climbing relatively easy. Lots of trails to choose from after Timberline campground, but they all lead to the same place, the top! Left at 7 AM for a summit attempt, succeeding 4hrs and 15 minutes later. A serious climb, but well worth it. The views were great on Saturday, even as high clouds moved in. The world class glissading was a blast on the way down. Less enjoyable was the soft snow with occassional postholing. Back at the car by 6:30. Another 1/2 mile of access road was opened. All in all a very satisfying first high peak of the year!
Four of us camped on the flats just below Adams Glacier, then got an early start. The route is very direct, with some moves to the far right and left to circumvent long crevasses. With good visibility the route finding was easy and enjoyable. Descent via the North Ridge back to camp.
5 mile approach just to hit the Cold Springs trailhead.
Made camp at 8000 feet and headed out the next morning at 5am. Made the summit at 12 noon. I myself experienced some altitude sickness, but made the summit nonetheless. Made a full skidescent from the summit, even thought the top down to Pikers peak was horrid wind blown ice. Once down at Pikers the skiing down to the lunch counter was incredible! Back down at camp I slowly bounced back from the altitude sickness, especially since the skiing took much more effort than glissading. Skiing down back to the car took much effort with a 55lb pack, and the road down to mile 7 of the road was messed up. That road (90405000) barely loses any elvation at all, and with a bad wax job I was hating it. After all was said and done, I still made it back 45 minutes before even our fastest hiker, and 1hr 15 minutes before the slowest. 22 miles total round trip.
Wow! this is a popular mountain! I climbed this in July of 94 as one of 3 summits required to graduate from the Mountaineers scramble course. The S. Spur route reminds me alot of the terrain on the Muir Snowfield. This is my only major volcano summit to date, since I have yet to acquire glacier travel training.
A wonderful climb, great for getting in shape.
Summited south spur route
First decent sized hill I climbed. Used rented ice axe, boots, and crampons. Wore a raincoat and levi's.
I took the family for a 4th of July camping trip to Cold Springs CG (love that road!!), where I met my partner Len on the 6th. We slept at Lunchcounter that night and summited next am around 8:30. Weather was perfect: cloudless and windless. Snow was icy on the way up, and wild for glissading coming down. I counted 79 specks (climbers) from the lunchcounter on the south slope up to Piker's above. This was 9:30am . Later, about noon, we witnessed a dramatic chopper rescue at c.7800ft. when an unfortunate climber tried glissading down an icy chute instead of descending the standard rock ridge. He slid out of control into some rocks at the runout. Near where he fell, there was one sketchy section coming off the ridge where meltwater had caused a moat to form. Pics aren't great, but I posted them anyway.
Long (for us) day hike. Crampons/ice ax very strongly recommended. Snow/ice melted away in places revealing holes with rushing streams underneath - falling in would be bad. Next time will do this earlier in the season. Good - clear and pretty much windless - weather all the way up.
Nice walk up a huge pile of rubble.Fun slide down.
Made the solo trip during the week to avoid any potential crowds. Left the Lunch Counter at 6am and summitted at 8:30am. Sunny with mild winds up high. Great views of Rainier, St. Helens, Hood and Jefferson. No objective hazards on the South Spur route.
Did the South Spur route over the course of two days. Parked at Cold Springs, then climbed to about halfway up the ridge, between the Lunch Counter and Piker's Peak (false summit). Bivied overnight at this position, then awoke early the next morning for the rest of the climb. Summited around 9:30 AM, then headed back to Cold Springs. Lot of climbers on the mountain that weekend; looked like most of them made the summit as well. Weather was fantastic! Just as the route description states, the glissade between Piker's and the Lunch Counter is AWESOME!!!