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Ascent of Three Fingers on 1993-09-26

Climber: Lane Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 26, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Three Fingers
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6850 ft / 2087 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was a beautiful fall day. The first mile or so was soggy and boggy through dwarf willows, then you're climbing steadily through trees past Saddle Lake (at 2 miles) and on to Goat Flat (at 4 miles). The wildflowers were everywhere and very fragrant. The meadow at Goat Flat opens up for almost a mile, then the trail goes along the flank of the big ridge above treeline. After Tin Can Gap, I generally followed the ridge line to the snow field on the south side of the summit. At the top of the snow field, you work your way up to two vertical ladders that are an eye-opener and no mistake. The base of the upper ladder is a small, exposed flat spot where you're looking down on the head of the Queest-Alb Glacier and across at the Middle Finger. A big gulp, and you commit your life to the ladder, then a short slope takes you to the summit lookout cabin. Fantastic views in every direction!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3830 ft / 1167 m
    Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Route:Goat Flat Trail
    Trailhead:Goat Flat Trailhead  3020 ft / 920 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 



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