Ascent of Mount Catherine on 2018-01-07
|Others in Party:||Eric Gilbertson|
|Date:||Sunday, January 7, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5052 ft / 1539 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe decided to try to ski up Mount Catherine by a novel route suggested by Martin Volken's 2002 guidebook "Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass"--up from the north, instead of the usual approach from Windy Pass. This worked out well for us, saving a long boring road ski and allowing us to bonus-bag Mount Hyak on the way out. See the GPS track for our route.
The north and northwest slopes of Catherine are quite steep and forested, and the ski-bushwhacking can be challenging. We used many slopes of the Summit East (Hyak) ski area, which were a bit crowded with downhillers in the afternoon--as we skinned up we stayed to the edge of the downhill trails, and we saw numerous ski patrollers and no one accosted us as we skinned uphill. So we used a few groomed trails without every paying for anything.
The crux of our route on Catherine was a short, steep icy couloir, which we booted up and down with skis on our backs--on the downhill we only walked down about 40 vertical feet on the narrowest and iciest part. Other than that, this was a true skis-on-summit climb.
Other obstacles where huge logs we had to cross on snowdrifts, and a few narrow tree well spots in the lower logged-over section. Most of the old growth was good skiing, although the snow was icy crust with just a couple inches of powder--not the greatest, but at least one could make turns more easily than in the usual Cascade concrete.
The high point of Mount Hyak was a snow mound just north of the exit chute from the Hidden Valley chairlift.
All in all a successful and enjoyable outing. The skies were pretty overcast and it snowed lightly pretty much all day, but it certainly could have been far worse.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2592 ft / 790 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1892 ft / 575 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.1 mi / 8.2 km|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Skis, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds|
| Gain on way in:||2592 ft / 790 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2432 ft / 741 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m|
| Loss on way in:||160 ft / 48 m|
| Distance:||3.7 mi / 5.9 km|
| Route:||N Slopes|
| Start Trailhead:||Summit East Parking 2620 ft / 798 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1732 ft / 527 m|
| Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.3 km|
| Route:||N Slopes|
| End Trailhead:||Mill Creek 3320 ft / 1011 m|
| Time:||50 Hours |
|Ascent Part of Trip: 2018 - Catherine|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3017 ft / 920 m Total Trip Loss: 3017 ft / 920 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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