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Ascent to Cannon Mountain-beginning of the ridgge on 2015-10-25

Climber: Sonja Serwold

Others in Party:Caycee
Date:Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Cannon Mountain - beginning of the ridgge
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7904 ft / 2409 m
    Remaining Elevation:734 ft / 223 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

We headed up the road from the Stuart Lake TH up the abandoned road to about 3800' and headed up a washout and straight up through the blowdown/burn area following boot path/goat trails as we could. We hit a nice ridgeline for a bit and eventually went climber's right around a band of rocks continuing up to the forested area. Hit the ridge line in about 4.5 hours. It was about 4000' in 2 miles up from the abandoned road. The wind was strong with some serious gusts up on the ridge and a forecasted storm for later in the afternoon so we decided to turn back rather than attempt an exposed scramble. On the way down, we went up a small rock formation at around 6400 feet and scouted out the route below. We decided to go further east shooting for the end of the old road, as I had read somewhere that that was an alternate route and we hoped it might be easier going. It wasn't. Massive bushwacking ensued. It took us an hour to descend 300'. Finally got back on our uphill line but were still determined to reach the old road rather than go straight down the loose steep washout. Not a good choice. The old road is completely overtaken by alder. We scared up about 4 or 5 grouse and finally reached the major washout that closed the road for good. We descended over 100' feet to get around the washout and climbed back up to the road just before the point where we had headed up to the ridge in the AM. Back to the car at 5:00. It was a long day for only 7.4 miles...
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles



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