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Ascent of Tahtlum Peak on 2020-06-06

Climber: Jerrick Linde

Others in Party:Nicole F.
Date:Saturday, June 6, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tahtlum Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6567 ft / 2001 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trip started from the Chinook pass parking area. There was more snow than expected. We initially tried to follow where the trail would normally be at but due to the snow this involved doing some fairly steep traverses. We found it much easier to drop down to the slopes below for easier and quicker going. From there we quickly made it past the unnamed tarn to the East of Naches peak and headed towards the saddle turn off to gain the ridge to Tahtlum. There was a large cornice on the final hill before our descent to the saddle which forced us onto the south side of the hill. Maybe the snow and cornice obscured an easier descent route off this hill but the route we ended up taking would be very unforgiving of any slip or fall and was by far the most technical part of the ascent.

From the saddle we easily started ascending the ridge up Tahtlum. We stayed generally on the south side since it was more or less snow free following game trails and a possible boot path in sections. There were a few sections of loose rock that were easily negotiated. Upon reaching the top we were greeted with quick glimpses of Dewey lake below and a brief view of Naches and Yakima peaks.

For our descent route we pretty much followed our ascent but did get off route following the wrong game trail a time or two. Once off the ridge we headed back to the saddle and the dreaded hill we would have to go back over. We thought about attempting to cut around it but didn't want to risk getting under the cornice and it appeared it may cliff out on both sides. Thankfully it is much easier to ascend rock then descend it so this section was not as bad as we thought it may be. From here we followed our tracks in the snow back, not because we wanted to or because it was easier but because I had to recover a piece of gear that went missing at some point on the way in. Luckily for me it was sitting in the snow near the tarn. From this point on we continued on our previous route back to the car. Total time was just over five hours.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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