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Tamanos Mountain

On Sunday, May 24, this proved to be a very pleasant scramble. We left the trail where it was snow-covered a short distance from where the boot path leaves the trail, but picked up the path about 400 feet higher. The day had been mostly cloudy and foggy (we could hardly see Owyhigh Lakes when we passed them), but partway up the ridge we got out of the clouds and had grand views of Rainier, Cowlitz Chimneys, Governor's Ridge, and down to Adams and the Goat Rocks. By the time we reached the summit, though, most of the views were obscured again. On the way down from the saddle, we made a slight deviation to the south to do a glissade, then followed the boot path all the way down. As noted in other reports, the lower part of that boot path is getting to be a trench; I would recommend that we avoid making the situation worse by only scheduling this scramble when there is still plenty of snow.
By the way, lots of pasqueflower and glacier lilies and a few paintbrush at the lake; otherwise not much in the way of flowers.