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Ascent of Tolmie Peak Lookout on 2017-06-25

Climber: Lawrence Kuracina

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bicycle
Peak:Tolmie Peak Lookout
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Typically in the summer one drives up to Mowich Lake and parks at the trailhead there. However in off season the road is gated about 3 miles down from Mowich Lake. With 2017 being a high snow year the schedule date for opening the road is June 30. As such I parked at the parking area before the closed gate. I took my mountain bike and biked up the road until I gt to the Grindstone trail which cuts-off the switchbacks. The signs say no bike on the trail. I walked my bike up the first 1/2 mile until I met the road again but then I ditched my bike in the woods and continued to hike up the Gridstone trail until I hit the road again. At this point there was more snow on the road but it was a short distance to the next switchback and a trail leading down towards Mowich Lake and along the Wonderland trail to the cut-off to Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak. Eunice Lake was still snow/ice covered with a fair amount of snow. I followed previous tracks over to the ridgeline to head up Tolmie. The trail was in the sun and the snow was gone until I got closer to the top but it was easy to follow.
I parked my car around 7:00am and arrived at the Lookout around 10:00am and saw no one. It was 86 degrees up at the Lookout. I hung out for around 30 minutes snacking and taking photos. I met the first group of people back on the Wonderland trail about 1/2 way to Mowich Lake and then kept meeting people all the way down. I got to my bike and pulled it out of the trees and rode it down the road avoiding patches of snow. Going down was so much easier than going up. It was a blast.
WTA shows this trail as 7.5 miles and 1100ft, but because I started down at the gate my trip was longer:


For more info:
https://www.ramblr.com/web/mymap/trip/98078/730791/
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Bicycle



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