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Trip Report    

Alpine Scramble - Boulder Ridge/East Shoulder (Olympics)

A beautiful and great place for a moist forecast, the rain shadowy NE portion of the Olympics, with intermittent sun and snowflakes.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Route was entirely snow free (aside from a few sparse snowflakes made possible by the ~4500’ snow level). We only had a few rain drops just as we returned to the cars.

A beautiful and great place for a moist forecast, the rain shadowy NE portion of the Olympics, with intermittent sun and snowflakes. South of Marmot pass we descended ~300’ from the ridge high point of ~6300’ to traverse into the basin WNW of the summit at ~6000’ elevation (you can see our convoluted line from this point to the notch leading to the summit in several of my photos). We also descended ~100’ to follow the moraine crest in the basin below the notch. Both of these descents added 800’ to the total elevation gain for a total of ~5100’ over ~15 miles. Ascent from cars to summit was 5 hours with a total time of 9.5. Photos from this trip (and others) can be seen here.

 

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