Alpine Scramble - Chikamin Peak


Alpine Scramble - Chikamin Peak

Best 3 weather days: Day 1 - hike to Glacier Lake base camp + summit Chikamin/Four Brothers, Day 2 - Lemah 1 & 3 possibly change lake camping (group decision), Day 3 - hike out. S5/T5 (T5=Lemah rock scramble). Magnificent trip for experienced*** rock scramblers. 2 mile overgrown brush on approach trail.

  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 28.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,400 ft
  • Pace: moderate

5:30am carpool Issaquah Tibbets outdoor P&R = overnight parking ok. 2 hour, 10 minute drive to Mineral Creek TH.

Tibbets outdoor P&R ( southeast corner 17th Ave SW & Newport Way NW -- 1/3 mile south of I-90). Historically, overnight parking is not ticketed at Tibbets.,-122.0639821,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x54906f71695ff5b7:0xfbfa6e2093ffda9c!8m2!3d47.5402596!4d-122.0617934

Magnificent views -lake camping.

Chikamin & Big Four at T3/S5 Day 1.

Day 2 Lemah/s: MUST be experienced T5 rock scrambler comfortable on exposed rock with 1-2 Class 4 moves on Lemah 3. Rope/harness back-up option support. Snow traverse to base of Lemah Peaks.

Hike standard, shortest distance approach via Mineral Creek TH. Beware, 2 miles of trail is grossly overgrown so cannot see feet on trail, while bush wacking.



Chikamin Peak

  • USGS Polallie Ridge

    USGS Chikamin Peak

    Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • harness & prusik
  • Trekking poles strongly recommended
  • If Hot forecast -Recommended Lake swimming gear: towel, bathing suit,base layer.
  • Overnight gear (group share, tbd)
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