Trip Report    

Winter Scramble - Arthur Peak

A great winter scramble plus lots of mountain mayhem along the Carbon River. A good alternate venue for warmer than normal conditions in the north cascades.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The paved access road between the one lane bridge straddling the Carbon River chasm and the park entrance has devolved in several places to single lanes, not to mention many ginormous trees felled like matchsticks in the park itself.  We brought snowshoes/crampons/micro-spikes, yet did not use any of them (although we had a few post holing spots just below the summit):


    We left the Green Lake trail at ~3100’ and did not encounter snow until ~4500’.

An overcast day (no views of Mt. Rainier), and just a bit of rain in the morning.  We even saw some patches of sun (not at our location ;).  The clearing just north of the summit had a cornice that seemed smaller than normal:


A great waterfall on the way down:

65A82A44-D907-431A-A653-094AC0E7D95C.jpeg(photo by Dan Moon)

… and lots of conversation time on the 3.5 mile hike to the cars on our way home:


A great day with 9 hours total trip time (5 hours up, 4 hours down) on this ~12 mile/3700’ scramble.  Photos from this and other trips to this venue can be seen here.