Ascent of Tolmie Peak on 2012-11-27
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, November 27, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5920 ft / 1804 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI Left the gate at 8:45 and started up the dry road. Snow showed up around 4000' feet and got as deep as 2-3 feet at the summit. Several others, including a few with snowshoes have made this trip since the bulk of the snow fell, a tightly packed trail to follow with little-to-no postholing. The overcast ceiling was well above Rainier and it was surprisingly warm compared to my recent trip to the Teanaway Valley. I used the Grindstone Trail to bypass the switchbacks in the road and before long I was looking at Mowich Lake.
Some elevation was lost on the way up to Eunice Lake, which is completely frozen over. I was a little tempted to walk a short distance out, but being alone that would have been silly and dangerous. Even with the snow softening up a bit the short climb to the lookout tower and the true summit beyond it took less effort than I expected.
The tower has been shuttered for the season and the door sealed with a few nails but the back side luckily provided some decent shielding from the intense wind that seemed to begin as soon as I approached the top. Views were astoundingly clear in all directions. This was my first look at Mt St Helens since childhood. I dug around in the snow on the true summit for a register but had no luck, so after a few rituals I hurried back to the shelter of the lookout tower.
more pictures @ http://jebtastic.blogspot.com/2012/11/tolmie-peak-lookout-11-27-2012.html
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2480 ft / 755 m|
| Extra Gain:||120 ft / 36 m|
| Distance:||11.8 mi / 19.1 km|
| Trailhead:||3680 ft / 1121 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy, Overcast|
High cloud ceiling, clear views from Baker to Adams, Stuart to St.Helens
| Time Up:||4 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
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