Mt Baldy (winter)
Seattle Alpine Scrambling
Carolyn Graham (Qualified Youth Leader)
Issaquah Transit Center
MAP OF BALDY: http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=47.266621,-121.134009&t=t4&z=14&hillshade=18&coord=latlng&directions=off&label=off&layers=off&streetview=on
This trip is a winter scramble. Winter scrambles are open only to GRADUATES of the Scramble or Basic Climbing class. Students of either one must wait until next year to participate.
The goal of this trip will be to scramble Bandera Mountain 5241’ via Little Bandera, point 5157’.
Meet inside the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM.
- Ice Axe
- Snowshoes with aggressive crampons on the bottom such as MSR
-A way to carry your snowshoes on your pack, since we probably won't be wearing them at the beginning of the trip.
- Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, and the skills to use them are highly recommended but not required for participation.
-Poles with snow baskets are recommended but not required.
-Traction devices such as Microspikes or Yak tracks are recommended but not required.
ROUTE: From the side of the freeway at Exit 42 we’ll hike up the west side of Mason Creek. Upon reaching the summer road, we’ll follow it west until just before the parking lot. Here we’ll short-cut up the hill and catch the trail headed east. We will follow that trail about 100 yards until we’ve crossed Mason Creek. Then we will follow the route of the “OLD Mason Lake trail” along the creek, through the forest, towards Mason Lake. This old trail is shown on the USGS map. About halfway to Mason Lake we’ll break from the trail and continue traveling in an easterly direction along the ridge to Little Bandera, point 5157. Assuming time, party strength, and weather are good, we’ll continue on to Bandera 5241’. We can return via the same route or drop down to the lakes and make a loop trip. Time and snow conditions will determine. Plan for a full day in the mountains.
Here is a link to printable map of the area, (the very center of which is Bandera Mountain): http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=47.41171,-121.531491&t=t4&z=15&hillshade=18&coord=latlng&directions=off&mylocation=off&label=off&layers=off&screen=auto&streetview=on I would encourage you to review and print this map. If you can't get the 'Mapping Support' print feature to work, Press Ctrl-PrntScr to copy the screen Image to the clipboard, paste it into the Microsoft Paint program, crop it to size, and print it out. Please don't show up without map compass and the skills to use them.
NOTE: Snow and weather conditions may dictate a late change of route or destination.
If you must cancel, please do so before registration closes. Registration closes at 1 PM on Thursday Feb 14, as noted near the top of the margin on the right.