Surprise Lake & Mountain


Alpine Scramble - Spark Plug Mountain

A long scramble passing three lakes along the way.

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  • Strenuous, Very Strenuous, Strenuous 4, Technical 3, Winter Scramble
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft

McDonald's between Sultan and Startup, 6:00 am.

This is a long scramble that passes Surprise Lake, Little Spark Plug Lake, and Spark Plug Lake on the way to Spark Plug Peak.  We will pass through a variety of terrains and challenges, including deep snow. There is a chance that cornices at the summit may keep us for reaching the summit.  Expect a long day. Due to the length and challenges involved, this scramble is not suitable for students. 


Surprise Lake & Mountain

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