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Ascent of Sweet Peak on 2014-05-14

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sweet Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4560 ft / 1389 m

Ascent Trip Report

Crossing the creek on the Boundary Trail without getting wet feet was a fun little challenge, but no problem, up or down. I just had to use my hand and short ice axe for balance in spots, on the wet rock.

Arrived on the summit at the early time of 8:45 a.m. in most pleasant t-shirt and shorts temperatures.

Surprisingly, considering the date, the entire route was snow free. Wait, I DID walk on some snow, on the ascent, but it was insignificant. The more direct, steeper route I took down had no snow.

Fay Pullen's register dates from November 19, 2013 when she and her son Walter were here in celebration of Walter's birthday. There's a birthday cake drawn with four candles, along with a heart, a happy face, the sun, a star, a rainbow and a seven petal flower. Before leaving, I added a few more rocks to the summit cairn.

The only others signing in was a party of five on January 24: Dean Taylor, Becca Mooney, Anne Lobe Whitney, Tom Whitney, and Todd Whitney.

There is not much in views from the summit, but for GREAT unobstructed views straight down to the Carbon River and as far west as the eye can see, head down the West Ridge just a short distance from the summit. There are also great views over to Old Baldy Mountain from this same spot. A "must do" side trip.

A bonus for this summit is the paved road to the trail-head. So a just washed car will stay clean.

I was happy to get back home to Edmonds around 2 p.m., before the afternoon rush "hour" picked up.
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