Still lots of snow left above Tin Cup Gap. Lots of traverses, including some steep ones, but an ice axe and crampons handle the conditions well. The bike ride up the forest road was a real haul with a heavy pack but the bike ride down was amazing. Super unique firetower and slept like a rock with completely clear skies and the tower to ourselves.
Hiked it with Dad and Jason while wearing all cotton! Those were the days. There were two passed-out drunk guys on the summit who had carried up a 36 pack of beer, still in the cardboard box. Those were simpler times...
We drove up on Saturday morning expecting the worst, but road conditions aren't actually too bad (save for the plethora of potholes). The "washout" 8 miles before the trailhead is pretty pitiful, and pretty much any car with moderate clearance will be able to make it through. There is a real washout located about 2 miles before the trailhead; we made it through just fine in a jeep, but most cars were simply parking at the washout and walking the last few miles.
The first few miles of trail are a bit rough, but after that the trail is in good condition all the way to the top. There are a few very short snow sections where we used an ice axe, but they were avoidable. Reached the summit in just over 4 hours; views were stellar to say the least. There ended up being 19 people at the top spending the night (possible record?); 13 people fit in the lookout, and the rest scattered about the surrounding rocks. Sunset and sunrise were spectacular; we even caught the tail end of the Perseids. Will be back!
I lucked out and managed to avoid the road-jog, making this an easier day than expected. No views, but it's still a very cool peak, and the lookout is in great shape considering its environment. Note that the trail ducks non-obviously into the woods just above Goat Flat, descending to contour on the south side of the ridge. Trip report.
After a trip to Mount Ditney, I dropped my GPS somewhere on the bike ride out. Could have been anywhere on NF-4150 ir NF-41. If someone stumbles across it, drop a message in my inbox. Thanks.
10 mile bike ride and and then 7.5 mile hike up to the summit. Had the top to ourselves. Made it just as the sun set. It was breathtaking. Berries and goats were out in force. Looking forward to the next trip.
A 35-36 mile roundtrip adventure full of mixed terrain and great weather made this a great location to be the first person to finish the Washington Lookouts list. In other words, the list of Washington fire lookouts still standing at their officially used locations.
Been up a few times. I'll be back.
Where has the time gone? The one that started it all.....
Final climb of my first season of mountaineering, had summited several times before but always camped at Goat Flats. several tricky spots past Tin Can Gap, crampons were a must - the snow chute (the one spot an ice axe is recommended) was mostly water ice. very, very glad i brought a headlamp.
Made it in one long day, would suggest going overnight. great lookout
Fun hike, will have to overnight in the lookout some time.
Stayed three incredible nights
I call this peak the center piece of the mountain loop highway. Thanks Gimpilator for taking me with on this trip.
Spent the weekend up there and had the most amazing sunset! I have to say this is one of the most diverse trails I have been on. Great hike from TH to the lookout.
Fun hike with some geocaching on the way up.
Started a little late, leaving the TH at 9am. Met up with another solo hiker for company. The snow crossing beyond Tin Can Gap was soft but I would not have wanted to cross without my ice axe. The other two snow crossings were easy. Clouds allowed peek-a-boo views. Exciting to lean over the 2,000 ft of exposure on the east side of the LO. Left the LO at 4pm. Ran out of daylight at Saddle Lake. The trail is nasty by headlamp!
A very fun trip on a great day to be in the mountains. I really want to come back and spend a night in the lookout sometime.
Wow! What a great climb. It pretty much had everything. Very hot approach to Goat Flats where we camped for the night. Lots of running water and dry tent spots. Without much beta other than the Becky guide, we (party of 5) set out to conquer the North Peak. Mostly snow from Goat Flats to Tin Can Gap. Steep snow off the gap down about 400' of elevation on to Queest Alb Glacier, then back up 1000' to the col between Middle & North Peak...although not before spending a couple of hours looking for the west face route. Becky's routes call out for class 4 scrambling to the summit...we decided to take a different route. We finally made it to the base of what appeared to be the route. I led this pitch starting out at a high 4th class to low 5th class for about 40m then had to make a decision...right or left (not knowing what I'd find either way. I chose right...after a couple of moves I found myself in the middle of the crux of the pitch. I'd say there were about 3 to 4 5.7+ moves before coming to an old piton that made me smile. There's nothing like finding a sign of past human presence to make one breath easier. After this pitch Terry lead the knife edge ridge (tons of east west exposure) to the base of the next 20 to 30 foot low fifth class pitch. After that it was an easy walk up a grassy ramp, over a few blocks to the summit. 10-hours from Goat Flats to the summit. That included a few hours of off route issues. 6-hours back to camp.
Good workout. Just under 8 hours roundtrip. Carried ice ax and crampons, used neither, but could see why some would opt to use them.