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Ascent of Silver Eagle Peak on 2006-08-02

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Eagle Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6259 ft / 1907 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fred Beckey in his Cascade Alpine Guide says this is correctly called Bald Eagle Peak. See also Mike Collins comments at http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7959969&highlight=bald+eagle+peak

I thought this peak along the Foss River Road was nothing but fun, fun, fun. Ignore any mentions of brush. It's an open forest up the north ridge from the 1600' start to 4560'+. Then some thick brush is encountered but it's trivial, there's some breaks, and it doesn't last long. Bald Eagle Peak is perhaps my most fun peak without benefit of a trail from start to finish. http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15241&highlight=bald+eagle+peak has a nice report by naturealbeing with pictures of his trip. Click "Sobieski Mountain, Pages 1 and 2" at http://www.angelfire.com/wa/airwrecks/ for another good picture of Bald Eagle Peak (third picture down). And there's yet another picture of the peak from a hang glider if you click "Sobieski Mountain, Skykomish, WA" at the same website.

I followed S A Reno's route at WTA, http://wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/tripreport-2005062601, staying right on the top of the ridge as far as possible. What a fun route. Only minor exposure is encountered. The route appears far worse than it is in actuality. When one is forced off the ridge ascend upwards on the left right below cliffs to a nice hidden gully where there's a patch of snow. At the top of the gully the route makes a 90 degree turn and continues to beautiful rock gardens and more patches of snow. Right before the summit, another impossible appearing obstacle is thrown at you. An impassable cleft in the ridge. But it is gotten around by scrambling down on the right, then ascending steeply to the summit.

I left a small register beneath the cairn which I rebuilt with a stake sticking out of the top. Unfortunately, I missed the fun gully on the descent by travelling too far east but immediately traversed back to the ridge. The brush on the descent is a lot less bothersome than on the ascent. 3 and 1/2 hours up, 2 and 1/2 hours down. A long hour and 15 minutes on the summit enjoying the scenery, my lunch, and the pleasant temperatures while the rest of the country was baking in the heat. It's so much nicer in the Great Northwest than in Maryland where I grew up. Back at the car at 3:30 p.m. for the short 71 mile drive back home to Edmonds.
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