Tomyhoi Peak

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Washington, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Sep 15, 2012
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Tomyhoi Peak
Created On: Sep 20, 2012
Last Edited On: Sep 20, 2012
After hearing about the magnificence of the Yellow Aster Butte area I decided I'd better go have a look. I wanted a nice early start and so got up long before the sun and headed north on I5 to the Mt Baker highway in Bellingham. From the exit it's another 46 miles to the turnoff on the left called Twin Lakes rd. I was disappointed in the condition of this road but gritted my teeth and bounced through the potholes for 4 1/2 miles. I was surprised at how many vehicles were already at the trailhead! This place must be cool. I booted up, threw a light pack on and off I went.
Yellow Aster trail
I liked the openness of this trail right off the bat and had great views of the sunrise on Mt Baker. The moderate switchbacks made for easy hiking for about 3 miles until I found myself in the Yellow Aster basin and discovered where the owners of all the vehicles were hiding. I was envious of these overnighters and the sunset they must have had. After losing a few hundred feet of elevation into the basin I made my way through it towards the arm leading to Tomyhoi.
Yellow Aster lakes
From the basin's nw end I found the climber's path leading steeply up onto the arm. Once onto the ridge the terrain is open meadows and alpine evergreens. The surrounding views continued to impress me, with rocky peaks and glaciers all around. The boot path follows the ridge's ups and downs, traverses and benches until finally arriving at the summit block. This rock looks daunting from a distance, but the way becomes clear. There is some nice class 3 scrambling for about 150 feet on good rock and then a short distance to the actual summit.

I didnt spend much time at the top because of a group of six coming up behind me. Not much room up there for a large group.

Definitely an area I will come back to later. Might have to bring a sleeping bag next time.
Yellow Aster basin


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MountainGoat - Sep 28, 2012 12:17 am - Hasn't voted


Did you carry an ice axe and/or crampons? Was there any need for either of these items? We expect to go this weekend.


tcingrum - Sep 28, 2012 1:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Gear?

I did carry an axe, but only took it out to cross a small section of the glacier. I typically carry it along on most climbs but would have been ok without it. No need for crampons. Good luck.

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