Sourdough Mountain (winter)

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Winter Scramble - Sourdough Mountain (winter)

Sourdough Mtn/Pk 6308 (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,100 ft
5:30 AM at Ash Way Park and Ride
Sourdough Mountain is on the North Cascades Highway on the north side above Diablo Lake with awesome views of the whole area. Check out these photos from a Dave Morgan trip.
The downside is that it is close to a 3 hour drive from Seattle. Because of the distance, and the propensity of the North Cascades to be socked in with clouds, unless the forecast calls for at least a tiny bit of sunshine, the destination will be changed on Friday to somewhere in the Blewit Pass area. Where exactly that would be will be a group decision. I’m hoping for a 200 mile visibility day.
Note also, that this trip is about 5000 feet of steep snow covered trail. It will be very strenuous. But if the weather is good, we will take our time and enjoy every vista.

MEETING PLACE:
Meet at the Ash Way Park and Ride in Lynnwood at 5:30 AM. (in the event the destination changes to Blewit Pass, this will be 6:00 AM at the Issaquah Transit Center

GEAR:
- Ice Axe is always required.
- MSR snowshoes are required.
- Microspikes or Yak Traks are required, (but we may decide not bring them).
- Helmet is NOT required.
- Avalanche Becon is optional but is highly recommended on all winter trips.
- Avalanche shovel and/or probe are optional, but we should have 4 of each for the group.

TOPO:
Here is a link to printable map of the area: http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=48.732814,-121.134165&z;=14&t;=t4
The destination is essentially the highest point on the ridge we can get to. At about 5500' the ridge gets dicey. If we can get past there, the ultimate goal is at 6308'.

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