Trip Report    

Winter Scramble - Cowlitz Gap & Rocks (winter)

In mixed weather, we summitted Cowlitz Rock, instead of the longer loop trip we'd initially intended.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Gate at Longmire opened at 9:00 and closed at 5:30.  Parking lot at Paradise was bare asphalt.  

Despite a good foot of new snow the NWAC rating was for moderate avalanche risk.   In a day of  quite variable weather, fog predominated (cheers for the gps). We also experienced t intermittent snowfall, sun breaks, high and low level winds and at the very end panoramic sunny views.  The last 50 odd feet to the summit had a hard crust overlaid with loose snow and required some care to negotiate.