Alpine Scramble - Wright Mtn

Wright Mtn

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7:30 AM at Alpental Parking Lot
Wright Mountain is north of Snow Lake which is north of Snoqualmie Pass. When this trip is lead as a Winter Scramble you are able to cross Snow Lake on snowshoes. That will be the case for our trip as the last outing in March measured a snow depth of nine feet over the ice on the lake. Standing in the middle of a solidly frozen Snow Lake you can look up at Chair Peak. Overall it is an awesome experience. Note signup is limited to Scramble and Climbing grads.

Drive east on I-90 to the first Snoqualmie Pass exit. Cross under freeway to Alpental Road and drive to the end and park in the Alpental Parking lot. Distance is 55 miles from Seattle 65th Park & Ride and the driving time is approximately 1 hour.

- Ice Axe is always required.
- Snowshoes with aggressive points on the bottom such as MSR.
- Crampons. They will probably NOT be required. However, if we have a big rain/freeze cycle, then they might be. In that case, I will notify everybody of the change.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe. We should have 4 shovels and I would like to have at least one probe. Please notify me if you have one.
- Forest Passes ARE required at the trailhead

From the main Alpental Ski Area parking lot we will hike the route of the summer trail to Snow Lake. We will snowshoe across the middle of Snow Lake, then up to Wright Mountain at the north end of the lake.

Here is a link to a printable map of the area:,-121.452913&t;=t2&z;=14

You can 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. Or you can wait until a few days before the trip when I will email a map including the route.

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