Snoqualmie Mountain (winter)

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Winter Scramble - Snoqualmie Mountain (winter)

Snoqualmie Mtn (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
7:00 AM at Issaquah Transit Center

UPDATE ON JAN 10 2010: THE FORECAST IS FOR 3-5 FEET OF SNOW THIS WEEK. THAT WILL MAKE BACKCOUNTRY UP STEEP TERAIN THIS WEEKEND IMPOSSIBLE AND UNSAFE EXCEPT IN DENSE TREES. WE WILL DEFINITELY GO PLAY IN THE DEEP SNOW SOMEWHERE NEAR SNOQUALMIE PASS, BUT IS UNLIKELY TO BE ON RED MOUNTAIN. STAY TUNED..

The goal of this trip will be to scramble Red Mountain, (the one near Kendell Peaks at Snoqualmie Pass). Red Mountain has a large steep and exposed south west face. Because of its angle and exposure, it is only safe to climb when avalanche conditions are just right. Due to this, I give us only about a 50 percent chance of being able to attempt it. If the conditions are not safe, the second choice will be the east peak of Snoqualmie Mountain via the pass between it and Lundin Peak. If that does not work out either, we will slog our way up to Cave Ridge.
Because of the steep exposed nature of the route, you must be very confident in your self arrest skills.

MEETING PLACE:
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.

GEAR:
- Ice Axe is always required.
- Snowshoes with agressive points on the bottom such as MSR are required.
- Crampons are absolutely required for this trip.
- 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.

ROUTE:
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.

TOPO:
Here is a link to printable map of the area, (the very center of which is Red Mountain'): http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=47.452585,-121.393819&t;=t2&z;=14
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Snoqualmie Mountain (winter)


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