This is an awesome hike in the fall!
Climbed under perfect conditions. It's been a warm, dry year, and there was still plenty of snow creating lovely waterfalls and lakelets. No bugs yet either. Normally, these conditions would exist in early July. This year is mid-June, but lovely conditions.
Furthest up I-90 Maddie and I have gone so far to climb. Took Rachael Lake trailhead to Rachael Lake, then up to Rampart Lakes. We quickly found the mostly snow-filled gully, and trekked up easy snow to the scramble. Walked around the one exposed pitch and found an easy class 3 up. Boot skiied down and filtered water from the lakes to drink. Good trip!
Bagged this summit as summit number 7/10 in a contest put on by Sahaptin Outfitters out of Cle Elum. Ascended via the backdoor route past Laura and Lillian. I met an older gentleman while ascending who was just "out for a stroll". It turns out he built many of the trails in the area, including working on the Kendall catwalk. I hiked with him for a while before heading our separate ways- I could barely keep up with him! This was a super fun day; the views were outstanding. I would return to this one in a heartbeat.
Almost forgot about this one. Beautiful alpine setting. Had several hang gliders just above our heads as we explored the top of the ridge.
Climbed with gimpilator and co.
hiked with Gimpilator, Jacob Smith, Greg K and another friend. Perfectly clear on the east side with fall colors beginning to fade. Patchy snow above 5,000' on N facing aspects.
Rampart Ridge, SE Rampart Ridge, Dungeon Peak, and Mount Margaret, from the Rocky Run approach.
Hit this summit on my way to the true goal: Alta
From Rock Run, first went to Lake Lillian, climbed Dungeon Peak (5660), then ridge traverse over to Rampart Ridge HP, then over to the Rampart Ridge SE Peak 5606. Nice loop with a few "exciting" spots. Topo map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/snoqualmie_pass/rampart_ridge/lake_lillian_154.htm
Climbed this on a Thursday with a small group of Mountaineers from Rachel Lake TH. Had a nice refreshing swim in Rachel lake on the way down.
Steep to start, but makes for quick access to fine alpine environs.
This little one kicked my butt after 18 days on the couch with various plagues. It was 80 degrees when we crossed Snoqualmie pass at 515pm. As we topped out the sun was sinking. Summer is definitely slipping away. Pictures at Flickr