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Alpine Scramble - Silver Peak

Successful scramble to Silver Lining, the gorgeous panoramic highpoint on the ridge in the center of the bowl on the north side of Silver Peak.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Because the road to Ollalie Meadows is still snowbound, we started at the Lake Annette trailhead. The drive to the Lake Annette trailhead is completely  free of snow. 

We started at the Lake Annette trailhead and went up the Lake Annette trail to the top of the major set of switchbacks, and then went a little farther to about 3300 ft elevation. We left the trail and scrambled straight up the fall line.  We crested the ridge at about 4500 feet elevation. The brushwhacking up the side of the mountain was brutal. It is much easier to do this route in the middle of winter, when snow covers the brush. 

Once we reached the crest of the ridge, the rest of the climb was a piece of cake. We dropped down the back side of the ridge to the large snowfilled bowl and climbed to the highest point of the central ridge, about 5200 feet elevation. This panoramic spot is known as the Silver Lining. The views from here are stunning, with the cliffs of the headwall wrapping around you in 270 degrees. Straight ahead, the towering summit of Silver. Behind you are views of Granite, Kaleetan, and Chair peaks. 

This summit photo shows the photographer and in the reflection of her glasses you can see the rest of the summit party  and the summit of Silver.  Behind her, you can see Granite, Kaleetan, and Chair peaks.