Winter Scramble - West Granite (winter)

W Granite (winter)

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  • Winter Scramble
7:00 AM at Issaquah Transit Center
Note that winter scrambles are open only to GRADUATES of the Scramble or Basic Climbing class. Students of either one must wait until next year to participate

This trip was changed from Bryant to West Granite due to the huge amount of fresh snow that has fallen this week.
Meet inside the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage on the first floor in the Northeast corner at 7:00 AM. Call me on my cell phone at 425-442-6411 if you are running late and want us to wait for you.

- Ice Axe will not be required due to the deep soft snow..
- Snowshoes with aggressive points on the bottom such as MSR.
- Crampons are required, again due to the fresh snow..
- Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and the skills to use them are highly recommended but not required for participation.
- No parking pass is required

We will park at I-90 Exit 45 and follow the snow-covered road up to the Talapus Lake Trail Head. From there we will hike up to Talapus Lake, then on to Olallie Lake. My plan is to go around the northwest side of the lake, then up to the ridge northeast of the lake and up to the to the summit. If we actually make it to the summit, which will be a huge challenge, we will descend directly down to Ollalie Lake through the trees.

Here is a link to a printable map of the area:,-121.511364&t;=t4&z;=15&hillshade;=18&coord;=latlng&directions;=off&mylocation;=off&label;=off&layers;=off&screen;=auto&streetview;=on

I would encourage you to review and print this map. If you can't get the 'Mapping Support' print feature to work, Press Ctrl-PrntScr to copy the screen Image to the clipboard, paste it into the Microsoft Paint program, crop it to size, and print it out. Please don't show up without map compass and the skills to use them.


West Granite (winter)

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