Alpine Scramble - Norse Peak (winter)

Norse Peak (winter)

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  • Strenuous 3, Technical 1
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft
6:30 AM at South Renton Park and Ride

Norse Peak is north of the Crystal Mountain Ski Area.

Update on April 4: I expanded the group size to 12. The plan is to have two groups (normal speed and a bit faster speed). I will lead the faster group and Richard Burt will lead the normal speed group. The plan is that the faster group will hike further south on the ridge. Both groups should end up at the ski lodge at about the same time. Group members will decide after hiking 2000' feet up to the ridge what group they want to be in.

South end of the South Renton Park and Ride at 6:30 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.

We will start the hike on the road up to Crystal Mountain Ski Area about 2 miles below the lodge. We will drop everybody off there and shuttle one car up to the parking area near the lodge. From where we start (at elevation 3950'), there is a trail up ridge on the north / east side of the road. We will hit the ridge just south of Point 6304 and then head south following as close to the ridge as we can. Norse peak is one of the many bumps along the way. This trip is really about hiking along a ridge more than reaching one particular summit. We will then follow the ridge south as far as the wind and weather conditions permit. Last year we got to just above Bullion Basin then dropped down to the Ski area. My goal is to make it to at least Bear Gap an maybe all the way to near point 6796
When we get back to the lodge, the drivers will retreive the car they parked near the lodge and go down and pick up the other one from where we started.

NOTE: If the weather is nice, this ridge walk may take 9 hours. That plus the long drive may make for a long day. Please don't plan any important activities on Saturday evening.

- Ice Axe.
- Snowshoes with agressive points on the bottom such as MSR.
- Yaktraks, Microspikes or crampons WILL NOT BE NEEDED.
- Avalanche Becon. Not required, but I strongly recommended that you have one and know how to use it.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe. We should have 3 of each for the group. Please bring one or both if you can
- Sunscreen. We will be above timberline most of the day, so if it is sunny, you will need lots of this.
- No parking pass is needed at the trailhead

Here is a link to a printable map of the area:,-121.457505&t;=t2&z;=15

I would encourage you to zoom in on this map, 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.


Norse Peak (winter)

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