Winter Scramble - Missing Route/Place

Red Mtn (winter)

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7:00 AM at Issaquah Transit Center

The goal of this trip will be to scramble Red Mountain, (the one near Kendell Peak at Snoqualmie Pass). Red Mountain has a large steep west face. Because of its angle and length, it is only safe to climb when avalanche condition is rated "moderate" between 4000 and 5000 feet. Due to this narrow band, I give us only about a 50 percent chance of being able to attempt it.

If the avy danger is "Low", the risk of an unarrestable slide is too great. In that case we will attempt the east peak of Snoqualmie Mountain via Cave Ridge.
If the avy danger is "considerable" we will scramble Cave Ridge and/or Guye Peak. If along the way we find the conditions are more like "moderate", we may attempt the east or west peaks of Snoqualmie.
If the avy danger is rated "high" or "extreme", we will go to the upper Kendall Peak Lake via Commonwealth Basin all within dense old forest.

Assuming we get the right conditions and it works out to scramble Red Mountain, real climbing crampons will be essential along with experience in using them.

Meet inside the Issquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.

- Ice Axe is always required.
- MSR Snowshoes are required. Call me if you have another brand that you feel provide as much traction.
- Crampons are absolutely required for this trip.(unless we go to Kendall Peak Lake)
- Helmet is optional but is recommended.
- Avalanche Becon is optional but is highly recommended.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe are optional, but we must have 4 of each for the group.

We will park at Summit West Ski area, then head up the Commonwealth Basin on the South/east side of the creek. Eventually we will cross a fork of the creek and follow the route of the summer trail to the base of Red and then head up the slope.

Here is a link to printable map of the area, (the very center of which is Red Mountain'):,-121.393819&t;=t4&z;=15

NOTE: In the event of heavy nasty rain, the trip will change to an umbrella hike up either Mt Si or Tiger Mountain based on group interest.

LOST AND FOUND: By chance did anybody find my Blue aluminum shovel? I guess I left it in somebody's car on some previous trip.

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