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Ascent of Tunnel Pinnacle on 2010-07-30

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Friday, July 30, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tunnel Pinnacle
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4360 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

Highly recommended.

Accessed via Pete's Creek Trail No. 858 and Colonel Bob Trail No. 851. This striking pinnacle, the highest point along the ridge south of Colonel Bob, is easily seen from the trail above the meadows below.

There is a vague path that traverses just below the ridge from the 4160'+ saddle south of the Colonel Bob lookout site. To reach the north side of the pinnacle, I had to pull myself up a steep hillside using vegetation. Fortunately, there is a neat tunnel through the rock which allows access to the easier south side. One just needs to do a fun quick climb to get out of the tunnel on the other end, then balance along an opening, with feet on one side and hands on the other, until reaching the spot where ascending the slab is possible.

Later, while exploring around, I discovered you can bypass the tunnel by traversing around the pinnacle on the steep west side, but that would be boring. The tunnel is so much more fun. Also, I discovered you don't have to climb up out of the tunnel at the end. You can also descend and round a blind corner to squeeze through an opening to get out the other side. I had to remove my pack and hand drop it to the other side to do that, though.

It appears a much easier route back to the trail would be to just descend the East Ridge back down to the trail in meadows.
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