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Winter Scramble - The Pulpit

Current NOAA forecast Sunny for this moderate to challenging scramble off Middle Fork road. Approach trail probably minimal snow with true winter scramble mixed terrain/snow/icy crust to summit.

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  • Sat, Jan 23, 2021
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling Subcommittee - Winter Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Adults
  • Strenuous 4, Technical 4, Winter Scramble
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • Pace: moderate

7:30am   TH

From Exit 34 on I-90, drive north on 468th Ave SE and then turn right onto SE Middle Fork Rd. It becomes Forest Road 56. Continue on Forest Road 56 to the Middle Fork Trailhead.

Optional: Waving hello to folks parking at Mailbox  on Middle Fork.

Recent rains probably have melted snow on approach trail so microspikes  and boots  probably will get us most of the way down trail before leaving trail at 3200' heading SW then W  to gain ridge at 4000'. We will take turns kicking steps as needed to 4518" summit.


The Pulpit

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Aggressive traction snowshoes like MSR's
  • Microspikes recommended
  • Crampons (your choice)
  • Ice Axe (bring to TH)
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Trekking poles (11th Essential, your choice)

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

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