Surprise Lake & Mountain


Winter Scramble - Surprise Mountain

Surprise Mtn (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
  • Challenging
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

6:00 AM

We start at Scenic on Highway 2, which is about a mile before the big switchback turn on Highway 2. It is where the train tunnel starts. From the parking lot, we will hike, (snowshoe) up to the summer trailhead, then go up the west side of Surprise Creek all the way up to Surprise Lake then on to Glacier Lake. From there we will go up to Surprise Gap, turn west and climb up to the summit. DIFFICULTY:
The total gain is about 4100’ and the distance measures out at 11 miles with straight lines on the map, so is probably more like 12 total miles. The pace will be moderate, but it will be a long day. AVALANCHE BACKUP:
We will definitely be able to go up to at least Glacier Lake with just about any avalanche conditions. There is avalanche risk in Surprise Gap, so we will check the snow stability if the forecast is greater than moderate below 5000'.
See: GEAR:
Ice Axe - Required.
Snowshoes – Ones with agressive traction are required (such as MSR)
Avalanche Beacon: – Recommended, but not required.
Avalanche Shovel – Recommended, but not required.
Avalanche Probe – Recommended, but not required
Crampons – Leave them at home. MEETING PLACE / TIME:
Brickyard Park and ride 6:00 AM to consolidate carpools. P&R is on west side of I-405 at exit 22. One Mile south of SR-522. You can still carpool via the clubhouse assignments, but in either case meet us at the P&R. Call me on my cell phone (425-442-6411) if you are running late. ESTIMATED RETURN TIME:
Based on earlier reports, the hiking time will be at least 10 hours. With about 1:15 drive each way from the park and ride, that puts us pack in Monroe about 7:00 PM.


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