Alpine Scramble - Wright Mtn

Wright Mtn

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6:30 AM at Preston P&R

We will start at Alpental and follow the trail to Snow Lake. Assuming global warming does not hit in the next two weeks, we can go right across the lake, then up the ridge to Gem Lake and then up to Wright Mtn. If the snow is heavy and the going very slow, (like on my last trip), we will skip Wright and head to Peak 5370, which is about a mile due east of the center of Snow Lake. DIFFICULTY:
The total gain is about 3700’. The 2300' listed above is wrong. The distance is about 9 to 10 miles. If we just go to Peak 5370, the distance is a couple miles shorter. Note that the pass at the back of the Alpental Valley is very steep and will be quite challenging. ST PATRICK'S DAY:
Going to a party on Saturday Night? No problem, we WILL be back home in time for you to go to that party! In other words, getting back home by six is more important that summiting. OK? AVALANCHE BACKUP:
Both sides of the pass at the back of the Alpental Valley requires that avalanche conditions be at most “moderate below 5000 feet”. If the conditions are more dangerous, we will go to West Granite via the Pratt Lake trail and Olalie Lake. That has a safe route. See: GEAR:
Ice Axe - Required.
Snowshoes – You must have very aggressive ones such as MSR or ones with really big claws on the bottom.
Avalanche Beacon: – Recommended, but not required.
Avalanche Shovel – Recommended, but not required.
Avalanche Probe – Recommended, but not required
Crampons – Leave them at home.

Preston Park and Ride. North side of I-90 at exit 22. Please be there at 6:30 AM.
Seattle area folks are encouraged to carpool to Preston, where we will consolidate carpools and adjust plans if necessary.
If you are running late, call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411. MAPS:

Somebody else's trip report from to Wright Mtn last year:
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