Ascent of Tye Peak on 2021-03-17

Climber: Robyn Pryor

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tye Peak
    Elevation:5476 ft / 1669 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from Skyline lake TH a little after 9 am. Reached the lake about 45 minutes later. I followed some tracks the went up to Heather Ridge, where they ended. I descended 200' and put on my snowshoes and continued on the south downslope of Heather Ridge. I was breaking trail so figured this wasn't the main path. I rejoined boot tracks at 5240' and followed them to the top of Tye. Didn't see anyone else on Tye at all. I saw a bunch of snowshoe tracks split away from mine in the basin before Tye at about 5000' and considered following them, realizing that must be the more popular route. I decided to go back the way I came. On the south-facing slope I had to remove my snowshoes because I was just sliding down with them. Afterwards the snow was so rotten in the sun I was postholing up to my thighs, which was very frustrating. I would recommend doing the track when you head up NW directly from Skyline Lake and then descend on the slope north of Heather ridge, because the snow will be much firmer later in the day.

I would not recommend this peak during medium to high avalanche danger. I passed a number of debris fields with many pinwheels that looked about a week old.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2700 ft / 822 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Trailhead:2776 ft / 846 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Part of Trip: Tye and Heather Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Heather Ridge2021-03-17 
2Tye Peak2021-03-172700 ft / 823 m
Total Trip Gain: 2700 ft / 823 m    Total Trip Loss: 2700 ft / 823 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Robyn Pryor
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