With fellow SPer Guy, we coordinated a meeting the night before at the Trout Lake Ranger Station to secure the passes, Guy coming from Idaho, me from California.
Then met the next morning at the bustling TH. The road in was doable in my low-clearance sedan but a real workout. Outstanding camaraderie with Guy and all on the mountain including one couple who were celebrating their wedding anniversary. For a good run down the chute, I have to give the award to this mountain over Avy Gulch on Shasta. A glorious day all the way around.
Drew & I left the crowded dirt road mid-afternoon, soft snow got us to lunch counter well before sunset for our rendezvous with three other friends. No rush in the morning, easy summit and awesome ski descent.
Moderate traffic, not terrible...except for that dude buzzing the climbers all morn from his flying fan paraglider thingy, so annoying, what was his deal?!
Did it in one day,left at sunrise. GPS said I hit 25 mph while glissading down.
Hiked up to just below Lunch Counter with John and grandson Tristin. Got early start and made the summit in fairly good time considering grandsons first peak over 12k and first snow climb.
Beautiful day with great views of MSH, Rainer, Hood and Jefferson
Great first mountaineering adventure.
Climbed on a gorgeous weekend at the end of May (avoided the Cascade volcano pass!)
Hauled the snowboard to the top via the Suksdorf Ridge and Piker's Peak.
Sun came out, great corn snow, fun all the way down!
South Spur route with Greg Jagielski. Crowded mountain.
Left the parking lot at 2:30am (sorry to all the folks who had to hear my car alarm go off). Summit by 10am, skied down on crappy snow till the false summit and then things got wayy better.
One day ascent via the South Spur. Glissaded most of the way down.
Made a one day ascent from Killen Creek. We are part of the Sierra Mountaineering Club from CA. We left at 2 am and were at the base of the route around 7am. First bit through crevasses and moderate snow was pretty simple. Rock was probably 4th class at the hardest, but loose. Exposure minimal. Last bit was steeper snow then about 2 pitches of alpine ice around 45 degrees. We gained the North Ridge around 11,700 and were standing on the summit at 12:30. We descended the North Ridge which was unpleasant, very loose and long, but still the best way off the mountain to the north. Fun route.
Probably wasn't worth the extra 25 pounds of ski gear, but still an enjoyable climb with perfect weather. We camped at around 8000', just after the trail switched to snow. We left our skis at Pikers Peak before heading the summit. The top was surprisingly warm; I was wearing shorts at one point and didn't get cold. Glissaded/hiked down to about 10800' before putting on skis. Not perfect conditions, but still an awesome run. Hoping for more snow next year!
Drove down from Seattle Friday night and left cold springs campground at 4:00 am. Reached the summit around 11am and took advantage of the fantastic glissading all the way down. 11.5 hours round trip - a long day but very fun!
Solo ascent via south spur, left at 430am, summit at 11:30, and back by 3pm. Cloudless day, amazing gliassading, loved it. Will be back with my skis next time!
Climbed solo via the South Spur. Camped at the lunch counter. The weather was perfect for the 9am summit. Will do it again.
nice hike. Mazama route.
This was my first attempt climbing a mountain and we decided to do it in one day. I didn´t bring enough food or clothing for that matter and we did start towards the summit until around noon. Massive cloud system and electrical storm ended up turning us back less than 200 feet below the summit in the middle of the night. Definitely learned a lesson and will never do anything this stupid again.
Great two day climb with optimal weather; amazing glissade down from the false summit!
South Spur Route, Camped at Lunch Counter the night of the 5th. Started about 3:30 am for the summit and summited around 7ish as the second group on the summit for the day. Had amazing views of Ranier, Helens, Hood, Jefferson and even the 3 Sisters.
Started on the 11th camped up at the lunch counter, continued the following morning around 5am and made the summit around 9 am
After picking up my permit that morning I didn't start hiking until 9:30, reached the summit at 3 pm, and back at parking at 6. Was a fun glissade in spots! South Spur route.