Surprise Lake & Mountain


Winter Scramble - Spark Plug Mountain

May is a good month for tackling Spark Plug. Join me for my annual try. Expect a long challenging day full of beauty and wonder.

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  • Tue, May 5, 2020
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling Subcommittee - Winter Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Adults
  • Strenuous, Winter Scramble
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,100 ft
  • Pace: moderate

Brickyard Park and Ride Lot at 5:30 am. Alternatively, you can meet us at the McDonalds between Sultan and Startup at 6:10 am. 

Destination subject to change due to weather, snow, and avalanche conditions. 

This is one of my favorite winter scrambles, but also my hardest one. Expect a long day, but at a moderate pace.  Cornices often prevent us from reaching the summit, but we can get quite close and have a great time trying. 


Surprise Lake & Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Crampons or Microspikes
  • Ice Axe
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Snowshoes (MSR brand preferred) 

Check with leader for any additional group gear or required equipment specific to trip location

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