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Trip Report    

Alpine Scramble - Lee Peak (And also Echo and Observation Rocks)

A fantastic outing to scramble Lee Peak in the Spray Park area, a Peak that is named on USGS topo maps and has a USGS Marker, but about zero prominence. Given available time, we were also able to incorporate Echo and Observation Rock along the way.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Google maps overstates the drive time to the trailhead by 15-30 minutes once on the dirt road that leads to Mowich Lake. 

  • 7:15 AM: Departed TH toward Knapsack Pass
  • 12 PM: Summited Echo Rock
  • 2 PM: Summited Observation Rock
  • 3:15: Summited Lee Peak
  • 6 PM: Back at TH via Spray Park

This is a pretty well-reported trip, so I won't go into too much detail here. There is still a patch of snow lingering below Knapsack Pass, which we crossed without traction or ice axes. We did use traction (some in microspikes, some in crampons) on the Flett Glacier. We found a water source on the saddle between Echo and Observation. It was really smoky in the morning, and the bugs were absolutely awful, but it was still well worth the effort.

On the way down from Echo and Observation, we summited Lee Peak, because it was named on the USGS map, despite it not even having its own topo line to mark prominence. To our surprise, it also had a USGS marker at the summit. It added an extra 10 minutes to our trip and everyone thought it was epic! Overall it was a great trip with an excellent group of Mountaineers.

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Our intrepid team on the summit of Observation Rock

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An alpine tarn viewed from above Spray Park.