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Ascent of Guye Peak on 2018-04-08

Climber: Dhruv Garg

Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Guye Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5168 ft / 1575 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather was supposed to be pretty bad on Sunday. Snoqualmie was expecting 10+’’ of snow over the course of the morning. Setting aside any lofty goals, we decided to go for Guye Peak. My friend had done it before and knew that despite the considerable avalanche danger, the route up being within the tree line would be safe.

It was snowing at the parking lot. We had a late start at 9. The route called for snowshoes a few minutes into it as it was just powder all around. My friend had trouble putting his on and had to put them away. So, we knew that if it got too powdery, we might call it a day. But lady luck was in town as we found a nice boot path most of the way. While I didn’t have much trouble in snowshoes, my friend really appreciated the boot path. The stream crossing was uneventful as there was no doubt of the solidity of the snowpack there. Following the boot path, we veered off the trail (staying to the right) and didn’t come across the second stream crossing until further up. From there, it got somewhat steep to join back with the trail now heading up the mountain. The boot path kept us at a good pace and we were about 500’ from the summit when we heard a large party ahead of us. It turns out BOEALPS had a climbing class outing and it was this group of 15+ climbers that had paved the way for us (Thanks again for all that effort!). We tagged along with them for the final few hundred feet. As an attempt at a ‘thank you’ gesture, we made the way up the last 100 feet to the precarious summit cornice. It was about 1 PM.

As it was brutally cold up top with heavy snowfall, after snapping a few pictures, we quickly made our way down the same way we came, my friend with his booth and me with my snowshoes. The climb down was pretty quick despite the boot path rapidly being filled up by fresh snow. We were back at the parking lot in about 2 hours ready to get back to civilization.

I don’t know why I do this!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 670 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2200 ft / 670 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Start Trailhead:2968 ft / 904 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    End Trailhead:2968 ft / 904 m
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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