Awesome day, did not see anyone else attempting Forgotten. Incredible views. Decided to traverse over and climb Stillaguamish Peak as well....long day!
Tried to get up this Last November but got turned around due to icy conditions. Don't know how in the world the 6 feet of scrambling could be rated class 3. Nice Hike. Views were limited due to BC fires.
After a three-year hiatus, team Magellan and Quetzalcoatl (formerly Vasco de Gama) peak bag again! This is a very underrated hike. It's not a fast trail, being very rooty, and rocky. It starts with a nice open valley traverse. Colors will be better in a week or two. Cross above some falls, and head up through timber. You top out in a very picturesque meadow, complete with marmot bathtub, and stellar views of Glacier Peak. Feeling the pull, we started down the climber’s path to Forgotten. It drops and drops and traverses and traverses. At some point on the SE side of the mountain there are multiple paths. Try to stay on the high one for the most direct route. At some point we doubled back and ended up on the ridge. (Not the correct move.) Eventually we relocated the main path and continued. It gets steeper, rounding to the NE side. Up a scree gully, a few more steep steps, and the 6005' summit is bagged. The Mountaineers register is almost full! Lots of fog let the surrounding peaks play hide and seek. Dakobed was freshly coated, but no snow on any of the surrounding hills. A gorgeous late summer day, with a little more work than expected. Class 2 max, no exposure. R/T 11 miles, 4100' cumulative gain, 3:45 up, 2:15 down.
Good day to hit Forgotten. The temp stayed under 90 degrees, and the sky was clear. No water in the meadows, but a small stagnant pond still existed on the upper basin. The only drawback was the dreaded scree on the final pitch to the summit.
I met up with a couple at the TH from the Snohomish County Rescue Team that were out training their dog. We heard nothing but rescue calls and dispatches all day long on their ham radios. Shortly after hitting the summit, a rescue helicopter flew right by us to do a rescue at Round Lake near Mt. Ziob. Afterwards, another rescue team came in another helicopter went to perform a rescue on Glacier Peak.
Have wanted to climb this one since this picture was posted on summitpost. Started driving from Portland at 4 am and after some gas breaks (my truck is a gas hog) and one Egg McMuffin break, hit the trail about 9 am. Got to Perry Creek Falls in an hour and the meadows some time before noon. Took some photos from the ridge and then met the only other summit party on Forgotten that day on the climbers trail to the east side. I was about 10 feet off the trail and they politely corrected me. :- ) Tarn at the base of the gully is really low, not much water left up there. Thanks to this picture by Klenke I knew which gully to head up and was on the summit at 1 pm. Guess Beckey's book is right about it taking 4 hours. Picked some blueberries in the Meadows on the descent. Got back home about 10:30 pm and had blueberry pancakes the next morning for breakfast.
Hardest part of the climb was the drop down from the Meadows to the climbers trail:lots of steep loose dirt and rock, was holding on to trees to get down it. Other than that, it's just steep Class 2. Beautiful mountain and great hike. Now I know what all the fuss is about with the North Cascades. Endless pointy peaks everywhere. Just made me want to go back soon and start climbing the rest of them................................
Departed at 6:00 am. The weather was very nice and cooperative up to Stillaguamish Ridge. There are two perennial water crossings midway between the trailhead and Perry Creek Falls which had considerable runoff to navigate over. The main log crossing just above Perry Creek Falls on that day was moving enough water to require trudging through a small section of the creek that was about shin deep. It felt almost like summer, as I was already burning through twice as much water as I normally do.
Got to the east shoulder just in time for a major storm to come in and make things a little interesting. I got cold on the summit from the storm, wind, and from sweating like a pig most of the way up, so I quickly turned around to head back. As I was coming back, there were avalanches (a couple hundred feet below) me on the steep east face going off about every 10 - 15 minutes or so. My guess that by the third weekend in June, the only snow left might be on the final pitch to the summit.
Paul Klenke & Gordon Schryer reached the summit on another outstanding 2002 fall day. This summit shall not be forgotten.
No snow on the trail all the way up to the meadows. Started way too late so we did not get to the climbers trail till 4pm. We did descend into the gully and then ascend back up to the boulder field where the ascent of the summit pinnacle begins. I am still not aware of the exact route but plan to return next year to scramble to the top.
Climbed to Perry Creek then on up to the meadows. We had first tracks so we didn't really know where to go, but followed the pink flags in the trees. We arrived at the meadows but did not know it till later. We had an idea of where Mt Forgotten was, but visibility was about 30 feet, so we saw nothing but pea soup. Return another day.