Winter Scramble - Union & Jove Peaks


Winter Scramble - Union & Jove Peaks

Snow camping east of Stevens Pass.

  • Sat, Feb 3, 2024 — Sun, Feb 4, 2024
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling Subcommittee - Winter Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Adults
  • Winter Scramble, Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,007 ft

See "Leader's Notes" "More+" below.

-- Snowshoes (aggressive MSR ones work great)
-- Helmet
-- Ice axe
-- Crampons
-- Mountaineering boots
-- Overnight gear (tent/bivy, sleeping bag, pad, etc.)
-- Headlamp w/ good batteries (and extra batteries)
-- Tent deadman anchors and extra cord (see below)
-- Metal shovel
-- Avalanche gear (probe & beacon)
-- Microspikes
-- Hot breakfast together at Sultan Bakery Saturday morning
-- A little alcohol for camp Saturday night (no glass)

This is a 2-day 1-night scramble camping on snow.
On Saturday we'll set up camp then climb both peaks, on Sunday we'll hike out.
Our pace will be slightly faster than average, so on a scale of 1-10 the average is 5.5 and our pace will be 6.
Our group will stay together the entire time, so no fast people way ahead.
For safety reason the minimum group size is 5 people, if less than 5 then the trip will be canceled.
Sunset at 5:10pm, sunrise at 7:30am.
No parking pass needed.
Please arrange your own carpooling.
Caltopo map of our can export the track to your device.
On Wed evening before our trip I'll send an email with more info.

We'll only do this trip if the avalanche conditions are safe and the weather forecasts are friendly (friendly = no storms, no high winds, no rain at camp, and no single-digit temps). If the trip is canceled then there won't be an alternate destination.

3-season tents with mesh work well since they have good ventilation, as condensation is normally an issue in the winter. A 4-season tent is needed in high winds and to support lots of heavy falling snow, but we'll cancel our trip in those cases. You'll need to deadman/bury all your tent anchors, so buy extra cord and also something to deadman. Thin summer tent stakes don't work at all. I recommend girth hitching a small stuff sack filled with snow then burying that. Here's a video with wide snow stakes instead of stuff sacks.

When to meet:
5:45am at the Sultan Bakery for hot breakfast, then we'll drive to the trailhead.
Sultan Bakery:
31407 US-2, Sultan, WA 98294
Westbound Hwy 2 turnout
See caltopo link above for details
Lat/Long = 47.784809, -121.034826


Union & Jove Peaks

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

    Green Trails Benchmark Mtn No. 144

    USGS Labyrinth Mtn
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See "Leader's Notes" "More+" above.

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