Beautiful day with just a little snow on the ground to make the rocks and slopes more challenging. Fresh road work has pretty much wiped out the connections to the climbers trail. The start of the trail is at about 5050 ft at a sharp curve. There was a pink ribbon and two cairns on this day.
Had some time to kill after Union and Jove, so I did this one for the 3fer. Did the trail on the way up, and road on the way down - I don't think the trail saves any time.
After multiple days of warm sun, blue bird skies and christmas breakers tearing up the Skyline area, this hike was a bit of a struggle through soft snow. But, I made it to the summit, and the views were spectacular! However, not quite as good the neighboring Tye Peak, which I completed with Redwic 2 days prior :)
to work our way down from the highpoint on Skyline Ridge but the way up Sky Mountain was pretty straightforward (but wooded). Also, the snow made it easier to cross the talus field below the ridge.
Bryan, Skylar and I did Skyline Ridge and Sky Mountain. The fresh snow made the talus and scramble on Skyline more difficult. Returning from Sky Mountain I fell on some slushy snow covering mossy rocks and landed badly on my arm. I felt and heard things happen inside my shoulder. After it happened I quickly lost the use of my left arm. Time will tell how bad the injury is.
A film by Bryan:
..but the views were more than excepted as well. Great mountain with a great payoff. See TR
Did it in below 10 degree temps. Winter pictures and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/stevens_pass/sky_mountain_038.htm
This was done as a winter snowshoe. Nice clear day and it was a good time. There were certainly some steep tricky bits and we took a different way down on the return. Lots of people travel up to the lake and then the blocky ridgeline above but after that the crowds had thinned out.
Don't be fooled by the topography shown on maps. There are steeper slopes and more obstacles (such as many trees and boulders) encountered than one might initially anticipate just looking at a map. However, the mountain is definitely non-technical to summit if on-route, and has great views of the surrounding areas.