Very windy at the top. Snowy from about 8500 feet from previous weekend snowstorm. Crampons highly recommended from lunch counter up.
Didn't need crampons. Great weather.
Long day but six volcano views. not much glissading but I didn't care because the six volcano views made it more than worthwhile.
Good conditions, but icy from the Lunch Counter to Piker's Peak.
Turned back due to high winds approx 1000 feet above Sunrise Camp(8300 ft). Great trip anyway. Had the camp all to ourselves for most of the week end. We had a large party(11), as this was a fund raising climb for breast cancer research (FHCRC, the "Hutch" in Seattle). Avoid South Spur and its crowds.....climb the Mazama instead.
started at cold springs at 4:10 am, reached the summit at 12:30, took me longer than estimated; hardest part is the snowfield below the false summit, that almost got me; no real need for crampons but could be different in other conditions; glissading was hardly possible anymore in the afternoon;
met a lot of nice people up there;
take care when going down if you glissade down the Crescent glacier, there was a large open crevasse there, but almost no one seemed to mind but me; I missed the right way down the Crescent ridge and (just as warned on the Climbing Report page) got lost on my way down, meaning having to go back another 300m up which finished me;
nevertheless a great trip, best done in my view in one day, beautiful mountain and scenery with Hood, St. Helens and Rainier
South Spur day trip. Left car at 0630, summitted at 1400, back to car at 1730. Great trip.
Camped at the Lunch Counter and started the next morning at 5. Made the summit at 9. The smoke and haze cut down on the view. Rainier, St. Helens and Hood were all visible from the summit but no further. After failing last year it was great to reach the summit.
Left from the South Spur TH and then generally followed the Around-The-Mountain trail to the base of the Mazama Glacier, where we camped. The next morning we roped up (it was my first time on a big glacier--quite exciting) and made the summit in the early afternoon.
Climbed the N Ridge in a whiteout
skied to the summit and then barely made it out due to the rapidly growing cold springs fire. exciting!
Snow from just above the TH. Lots of melted out tent sites and running water available at Lunch Counter. Visibility was limited on the 6th due to California forest fire smoke.
Made a 5am start from Lunch Counter with crampons. Smoke had blown away and the view was excellent once the sun came up. Reached the summit shortly after 10. Wind at Pikers Peak was 25 to 30 and on the summit, 40+. It took us 3 hours to climb to Pikers Peak and 20 minutes to glissade back down.
Finished off with a great meal at KJ's Bear Creek Cafe in Trout Lake.
Wanted to climb the Mazama Glacier, but the road to the trailhead was still blocked by snow 3.5 miles out from the trailhead. Adding that additional 7 miles round trip to the route was simply out of our league for a single push on the route. The forest service was simply waiting for the snow to melt with no plans to clear the road, so we went up there and in 4 hours cleared the snow and trees from the road, it was awesome! It turned out a youth survival group had just had a team member blow out his knee and was immobile at the trailhead. We arrived in our cars, and they were dumbfounded and emotional to realize they weren't going to have to carry him all the way down the mountain road. Great experience.
We didn't have the strength to do a single push for the Mazama Glacier route any longer, so we did a single push on the South Spur. The terrain is simple and easy, and not quite the Cascade experience we wanted, but hey the mountain was beautiful and we summited, plus the glissades are fun. We'll be back again someday.
Climbed via Mazama glacier. Great weather and views past Rainer. Great base camp at base of the Mazama glacier
Great work out, but awfully long for one day. We passed many people who had opted to not wear crampons. I would recommend them. Fantastic glissade off the top.
Nice climb. Beautiful high camp. Not difficult at all.
Good climb, good times. Forgot gloves. The glissade chute was about 7 feet deep off of the false summit.
Overnight Solo -sweet climb.
Went with a couple friends. Progress was so fast we just dumped the camping gear halfway up and tagged the summit. Wish I knew how to ski back then.
Pleasant climb. Found a poor tiny mouse on the summit. He must have hitchhiked up in a pack.