With Steve Reynolds as a part of the Spokane Mountaineers Mountain School. Great experience with perfect conditions!
Hiked up the Stevens Lakes trail, caught cutthroat in both the lakes, then bushwhacked up to the ridge. Once on the ridge there is a faint climbers trail for most of the way. Nice views from the top, leaves and shrubbery were changing colors so everything was orange and red.
Descended straight down the ridge to Lone lake, what a scramble!
Caught a few fish in Lone lake before it started getting dark, and then went down the trail to the trailhead.
Awesome winter ascent in perfect weather.
Camped at Stevens Lake and scrambled up the northeast face to a ridgeline with an obvious trail that made its way along the ridge to the top through the rocky outcroppings. Still was some snow on the north side of the peak where the sun rarely hits, runoff was feeding Upper and Lower Stevens lakes. Great views of the Lakes and Lone Lake to the West.
Lots of snow this year! Snowshoes pretty much the whole way (IN MAY!). Camped at the summit then descended the next morning via the north ridge to Lower Stevens Lake. We even rigged up a snow bollard to rappel with at one point.
With Brian F. and Max the Wonder Dog. Mostly hard packed snow but lots of bare rock too. Snow started just below the ridge crest.
Myself and one of my co-workers hiked the trail to Lone Lake, where we fished for awhile. We then walked up the drainage above the lake and up the steep slope to the ridge top west of the peak. Went to the top, then down a steep draw directly toward Lone Lake. This was very steep, luckily neither of us kicked rocks on each other. This is a great north Idaho peak.
July 31, 2007: With Fred. We ascended the usual winter route via East Willow Creek and the north ridge. We descended via the ridge (with a road!) to the west, dropped into the Lone Lake Basin and then down Lone Lake trail and West Willow Creek. It makes for a nice long loop (6.5 hours car to car). However, Lone Lake basin should only be climbed during very late spring to early fall - it is no wonder that it has been the scene of avalanche deaths. The flowers were very abundant and beautiful, the huckleberry crop is virtually non-existent.
April 2005:With Fred. Fun first climbing outing of the season. Snow was mushy and the final cornice not very high. 6 hours car to car - much of the trail was melted out and helped speed things up. Great views.
31 July 2007 with Moni. We wanted to see what the area is like without snow. The ridge is Class 2 with a faint trail much of the way.
23 April 2005 with Moni Spicker. Very warm with mushy snow.
28 March 2004 with Martin Cash. It might have been spring - but we had full winter conditions. About 8 inches of new snow, windy, & cold.
16 May 1982 with Paul Bishop to climb the north face, but warm weather and avalanche conditions prevented us from doing it, so we went up the north ridge.
9 May 1982 with Jim Spearman.
Fred Spicker, my girlfriend Mishell, and I hiked up to a high camp at Lower Stevens Lake on Saturday. As we were setting up camp, a snowstorm engulfed us, dropping several inches of new snow. Overnight temp was probably 20 degrees. Mishell's knee was hurting so Fred and I departed for the summit at about 6:00 AM on Sunday.
Conditions were good on the approach to the ridge with only moderate (up to knees) postholing. Once on the ridgeline, climbing was very enjoyable, with some minor rock formations to skirt around. We occaisionaly had a view of the upper ridge for about 30 seconds. The upper part of the ridge was nice and firm, with good easy climbing. We arrived at the cornice to find it was only about 6' at it's lowest point. After about 5 minutes of excavation with our adzes, we had a notch chopped through, and climbed up.
Unfortunately, we were completely engulfed in blowing snow, so there were no views. Camp to camp in about 3 hours.
The hike down to the car was nice, on a beautiful sunny day at lower elevations.
with Steve Reynolds, Brian Grove, & Craig Grossman
Done as part of the Spokane Mountaineer's Mountain School.
Travelled west on CDT, hit an access road, then picked up CDT again near backside of Stevens. CDT marked with ribbons. Left CDT on backside of Stevens and walked up grassy south slope to summit. 3 hours.
North ridge. Gained the north ridge from upper Stevens Lake. Picked up trail that went up, over, and around rocky spine and rock outcrops right up to the summit. 2 hrs. 30 min.