Ascent of Thorp Mountain on 2008-08-10

Climber: Jan Peter Eklund

Others in Party:emma
Date:Sunday, August 10, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Thorp Mountain
    Elevation:5854 ft / 1784 m

Ascent Trip Report

I headed out from Seattle Saturday afternoon after a morning commitment and drove over to Roslyn and then north to Cle Elum lake. Took FS road 4312 to its endpoint in the Thorp creek drainage. I thought I'd be able to follow Thorp lake trail up and tent by Thorp lake to summit on Sunday. The trail had various branches in one stretch and I ended up taking a spur that ran out. By this time it was starting to rain and getting dark, I made it up to the big meadow southeast of Thorp lake by bushwacking and pitched the tent in the rain. Spent a pleasant evening listening to the rain and wind. Sunday was broken clouds and cool. Bushwacked up and ran across the Knox creek trail, when it met up with the Kachess ridge trail I headed north to Thorp Mtn. Climbed the trail to the FS lookout at the summit & spent some time chatting with the fire lookout and her dog. While brewing up some tea, the pump on my MSR Whisperlite broke (!) (this led to replacement with the redesigned pump which works better). The weather started closing in and soon the summit was fogged in with cold wind. Headed back the same way but this time bushwacked down to Thorp lake which is lovely with the mountains behind it. Took the Thorp lake trail down and realized it ran right past the big meadow where I had tented. I probably missed it by 50 yards in the dusk & rain. Picked up the tent & gear I'd stashed and headed out. The meadow was filled with a vibrant display of wildflowers.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1894 ft / 577 m
    Trailhead:3960 ft / 1207 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Overcast

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