Ascent of Pinnacle Peak on 2018-09-23

Climber: Liz Mack

Others in Party:Nick and Sarah
Date:Sunday, September 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pinnacle Peak
    Elevation:6562 ft / 2000 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this as part of a Tatoosh traverse. Pinnacle was a straight forward, but fun scramble. Great views of Rainier with a fresh dusting of snow. Lots of great fall color. The ridge walk part of the traverse was really pleasant. We took the more direct route to Castle with a little extra scrambling. Castle had one short pitch of rock (put in one piece and a sling) and a solid rap anchor. Clouds started to role in and we lost our Rainier views. Foss was an easy walk up. Then dripped a bit into the talus to head up the left side of the small snow patch toward the Unicorn notch. Lots of ice on the cliffs above. Scrambled up from the notch on ledges, then boot path to the summit block. Took one of the easier class 5 pitches to the summit. Placed a few cams and 1 stopper and built a little anchor. Clouds socked in the summit. Rap station from an old stout tree put us back on the ground. Down climbing the scramble involved a few awkward lowers. Then nice terrain until the gulley. Descended skiers left of the little waterfall/steep creek. Some exposed slippery heather. Used lots of veggie belays. It was getting dark and this section was the least enjoyable. Eventually back on talus down to Snow Lake then trail to the road and hitched a ride back to the car. Really fun climb in a beautiful area. Took longer than we anticipated at 12 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Part of Trip: Tatoosh Traverse (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pinnacle Peak2018-09-23 
2The Castle2018-09-23 
3Foss Peak2018-09-23 
4Unicorn Peak2018-09-23 

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