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Ascent of Stevens Peak on 2016-09-09

Climber: John Dunlap

Date:Friday, September 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Stevens Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

We ran out of time on southern route starting at Tatoosh Trail 161. Main reason for this trip report is to document the excellent, though over-grown trail that contours the west side on the long ridge that extends south of Boundary Pk. The 100 Peaks of Rainier book documents a much more difficult route up on over the top of this ridge. The trail is the northern continuation of the abandoned trail that branches north from the Tatoosh Peak/Lake trail. This trail was clearly more than just a boot trail and must have been professionally built and maintained years ago. It is easy to follow during daylight but would be tough in the dark due to recent overgrowth. The trail contours very intelligently and continues at least to the southern buttress of Boundary Pk. To reach Stevens you must choose between two low saddles in the ridge to cross to the east. Either cross at the first point you look down into Blue Lake or continue north to the next saddle. Both involve a steep descent and rough ground. We don't know which is best. But the trail will save you hours.
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