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Ascent of Chikamin Peak on 2017-07-30

Climber: Peter Burns

Others in Party:BOC
Tina
Rio
Danielle
Date:Sunday, July 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chikamin Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7000 ft / 2133 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from the Mineral Creek trailhead around 1pm on Saturday. Easy hiking for the first 2 miles until it gets to the overgrown portion. The trail here is still good when you can see it and the occasional rock or branch is a tripping hazard. Ducking & dodging all of the brush slows the pace down quite a bit for about 2 miles. Stopped at Park Lakes for a snack before heading over to Glacier Lake. We arrived around 6:30pm and set up camp for the night. Glacier Lake is quite beautiful, maybe my favorite of the alpine lakes wilderness thus far, with the vertical rock wall on the west side, especially with the waterfall flowing. Great view of three queens and four brothers. There was only 1 other group camping that night, so it's much less crowded than Spectacle Lake (though you earn the solitude on the approach). The skeeters were quite bad, so we hid in the tents.
Had a leisurely morning and set off around 7:30am. Quickly made it to the "monolith" rock and some easy rock hoping. We made note of a particularly nice little swimming hole just past the monolith and decided to stop here for a dip on the way back. We followed the stream up to the next small lake and started up on some scree on the (climbers) right side of the lake. We decided soon after to traverse left over to the slabs and so it would have been worth it to make our way to the left of the small lake before beginning the ascent (this is the way we went down). Pretty straightforward from here to make it to the ridge line and then follow the climbers trail up towards the summit. Once you get ~50 yards from the summit, there is a large roof and the final move is a little chimney-esque move on the right. The move is 3rd/4th class but the exposure isn't bad. We got to the summit around 10:30am, though we had a first time scrambler in the group and so our pace was quite moderate. The sky was very clear at the summit, so we were treated to great views of the rest of the Snoqualmie peaks as well as Rainier and Adams.
Descended basically the same way we came up, with a short detour to see Denny rock on the ridge between Chikamin and Four Brothers as well as another stop at the aforementioned swimming hole. The way out saw much more frustration with the bugs and the brushy trail. Overall, a fun trip though possibly could be better timed later in the year when the bugs are less active and the brush is less dense.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5704 ft / 1738 m
    Extra Gain:536 ft / 163 m
    Distance:16.2 mi / 26.1 km
    Route:Glacier Lake
    Trailhead:2368 ft / 721 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
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