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Alpine Scramble - Seymour Peak

Cloudy day. Nice snow and rock scramble.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Snow on North aspects and most of the route.  Mostly clear on South faces.  We started in snow from the parking lot but got sections of trail once we looped around to more South facing meadows.  Once off trail towards the Dewey - Seymour saddle a little more route finding was required but mostly straight forward.

Cloudy most of the day.  We did get peek-a-boo views off and on throughout the day, even on the summit, but long range views were limited.  Some views of Goat Rocks.  It was dry on the rock while we were at the summit.  Once into the upper Dewey creek basin, after the descent, it started to lightly rain which turned into full rain once we got back to the cars.  Fairly lucky on the weather over all.

We could not easily see the route to the peak as it was obscured in clouds.  Achieved the saddle between Dewey and Seymour peaks and followed the ridge up.  At the scramble section we made the mistake of going around to the North and finding a route up to the ridge rather than sticking to the ridge itself the whole way up.  (Upped the technical rock scrambling at least to a T4)
For descent we plunge stepped or glissaded the snowfield that comes up on the North side of the peak.  We could have ascended that direction and had a full snow scramble without much rock at all.  As it was we had both plenty of snow travel and some challenging rock scrambling.

About seven hours and fifteen minutes total time.  We spent around a half hour on the summit.