Ascent of Lennox Mountain on 2022-05-01

Climber: Reed Russell

Others in Party:Christian Rudnick
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 1, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lennox Mountain
    Elevation:5894 ft / 1796 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove HWY 2 and met Chris just off the turn to the Money Creek Campground. We then drove, passing Miller River Campground, and eventually parking at a turn out, right in front of the trailhead, which was blocked off with concrete barriers (this is actually referenced on Gaia).

The trail is actually somewhat decent following the north of the Miller Creek, and very quickly theres a primitive camp that’s established. Snow started fairly early, and was post-holey most of this section. We must have taken our snow shoes on and off 3 or 4 times before they were on for good.

We handrailed the West Fork Miller River until breaking north (right) hitting a couple of switchbacks. There were thin foot prints, and the first switchback we almost missed. This was a tough section in terms of the level of snow, it couldn’t make up it’s mind. This switchback section had no snow and began to significantly narrow, a few blowdowns we had to climb over. It really turns into a fairly common overgrown logging road for this area, very typical of what I’ve seen from Middle Fork climbs on the HC100.

This section is technically called the Coney Basin Trail. We broke north at what we figured to be Coney Creek. However, what we found on the ground didn’t actually align with what is suggested on the map. Gaia has us crossing one drainage below, then moving north and up the slope. However in reality, we broke north and climbed up a good bit before actually crossing Coney Creek, which it technically doesn’t have you do according to the map. I couldn’t figure it out and I still can’t, error in the map I suppose. This slope was a pain in the ass, extremely deep and light snow, punching through quite often. There is a nice waterfall that we had to scoot around/under/near, and that was the start of another dense section of some good class 3 bullshit, where we had to remove snowshoes yet again. Eventually we pushed out of this and the slope opened up out of the tree line.

At about 5200’ we hit the area below Coney Lake that has flattened out. The area was unreal, so much snow for this time of year, it felt like something out of the North Cascades. Lake was completely frozen over, but you wouldn’t have even been able to tell by how much snow was still dumped on top. The rolling hills covered in untouched snow made for some nice pictures, Chris leading the way up to make the summit ridge.

Along the ridge there was a brief moment I had service and could text. The walk along the ridge was inconsequential and a walk up to the true summit. We sat for a while and ate. I changed my socks, which was a solid move cause they had been soaked since we started.

We both struggled on the way back down, sloppy conditions, we were slipping a ton, Chris left his shoes on and I had on my crampons. Either way, it was pretty miserable until we made it back to the Coney Basin Trail, and from there it was fast moving. Tons of fresh Trillium blooming which was kind of fun, I could only recognize it because of the brewery logo.

Initially we considered also attempting Canoe Peak, but that would have been a LONG day in these conditions. The traverse from Lennox also looks really shitty, would be best to do from the west and add Bare Peak.

Got stuck in traffic on HWY 2 for some goddamn reason, I couldn’t ever figure out what the slow down was, probably just Washington drivers being Washington drivers.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4630 ft / 1411 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4630 ft / 1411 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Miller River/SE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Mohawk Mine  1264 ft / 385 m
    Time:6 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Miller River/SE Ridge
    End Trailhead:Mohawk Mine  
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Reed Russell
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