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Winter Scramble - Cowlitz Gap & Rocks (winter)

great day. did not make the summit due to turnaround time and worried on the gate.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • didn't need snowshoes until above tree line due to melt cycle the past several weeks.  snow was good and started at parking lot.

    the west face summit block was snow/ice all the way up, but the NW ridge was a lot of rock and looked doable too- note we did neither- see trip report.

turned up the trail right before paradise river (that's a mistake) but did cross on the foot bridge across the river instead of going back to the road.- this required ice axe self belay to not fall into the river- and one person at a time on the bridge which slowed our party of 10 down for 30-40 minutes.  If this didn't happen, we would have had time to summit the rocks.  Instead we made it to cowlitz gap and had a wonderful day of it.   Although no summit, on the way back just at the right timing we say a large adult wolverine going up an adjacent slope!  - this more than made up for the lack of the true summit.

great crew and conditions today.