Came up along the Suattle and camped at Miners creek. Made our way up Miners Creek through an avalanche chute to find the trail to the mine area, camped. Next day climbed on snow to the summit and spent the rest of the day on the slope learning/practicing ice axe technique. It is here I felt I really became confident in my axe abilities. Camped again on mine site before heading to North Star.
Started from the trailhead at 2 a.m. to meet up with everyone at Image Lake. http://www.willhiteweb.com/north_cascades/plummer_mountain/miners_ridge_325.htm
I really enjoyed this peak and its approach from Image Lake. Very straightforward and the summit ridge added a little spice to the trek. Highly recommended peak in an often neglected region.
Day 1: Phelps Creek, over Spider Gap, down to Lyman Lakes, up to Cloudy Pass, traverse around Cloudy Peak to climb North Star, the back to Cloudy Pass and Down to Suattle Pass to camp.
Day 2: Suattle Pass camp over to Image Lake to meet large party at Miners Ridge lookout celebrating the second completion of the WA Lookout list, back to Image Lake and run the ridge up Plummer Mountain, then traverse the Ridge back to Miners Ridge high Point, camp at Image Lake.
Day 3: Back over Suattle and Cloudy Pass, climb Cloudy Peak, and the back down to Lyman Lakes and up over Spider Gap back to Phelps Creek trailhead.