Hey, I found the trail this time! Ben and Anna from OSAT, Josh Lewis and East King from Summit Post and NW Hikers met me in Monroe and then we climbed the mountain. Pretty good views for the minimal effort involved. As Greg said in the report its "a lot of bang for your buck".
Great views and great weather
This is, without question, one of the gnarlier trails around. At about the halfway point, the trail disappears under a deep blanket of snow. The view from the summit is breathtaking.
The road was covered in snow before the trailhead. I am still unsure where the actual trailhead was. Oh well, we just followed the steps in the snow hoping they knew the way to the start of the trail! Luckily they did. Once we located the start of the trail it was pretty straight forward. It wouldn't be hard to get off route on the way down if you aren't careful. A pretty fun trip.
The road was snowed in down to 2000ft. We followed snowshoe tracks all the way up (without snowshoes). Beautiful day, great views. I got a pretty bad sunburn!
High winds, heavy rain, blinding snow. No views at all. Definitely not the best day to do this peak, but i had to give it a go... But judging from the photos from other people, this would be spectacular on a clear day!
But it started raining the moment we left the cars. Rain became heavy rain, which turned into a brief light snow, then to heavier rain, hail and finally a deluge. We had a virtual river runnng through the trail on our descent. Oh, I nearly forgot the strong winds - and the dense fog that rolled in. We froze our butts, BUT our band of 7 persisted (on Persis!) to the summit. Steep first couple miles and from the bushwhacking we had to do it looked like no one had been up there for a while. Zero visibility - - I'll have to go back next year for the views.
A planned snowshoe trip turned into a hike (not enough snow). This trip was memorable as my first hike with Tom Morgan, something of a minor legend in the world of Seattle climbing. Like everyone else's first experience, my reaction was "Who is this old guy, and where does he get all that energy?"
Lots of sun, lots of snow, perfect hiking weather! Ran into a couple of guys on the way up and had the summit to myself. Snow line is just below the false summit but was nicely packed and traversed in boots and crampons. Bugs were out and so were some flowers and squirrels. Good early season hike.
Nice winter conditioner. Scouting Index
Steep beginning for a rewarding summit. My first good look at Index and Baring. Well, brief look because the clouds were rolling in ond out. Original plan was to do Index also but postholing and short daylight hours prevented that.
Beautiful day with an amazing view. Only thing missing on this trip was the register. Looked all over and it was nowhere to be found.
Second time up this season. Incredible views and weather. Took some friends up for their first time.
Climbed in heavy thigh-deep snow (without snowshoes!) on a crystal-clear day with stupendous views of Mt. Index and the Town of Index to the north. Warning: stay way back from the cornice at the summit in heavy snow conditions. We stood at an apparently "safe" spot at the summit to see the views; but later, viewing the same spot with binoculars from the Town of Index, we shuddered at the very precarious spot we had stood.
Climbed the West Ridge route on a nice warm, sunny January day. Hit snow around 4700', but there were only large patches here and there. Hardly any snow for being January!