Ascent of Hidden Lake Peaks on 2009-12-12

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Ken Jones
Date:Saturday, December 12, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hidden Lake Peaks
    Elevation:7088 ft / 2160 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were able to drive nearly to the TH. Short walk and then we walked the trail through minimal snow. Once the trail leaves the forest and gets into the basin it would normally be sketchy for avy danger. Not a recommended route. But a very cold and dry spell made it OK at this time. We proceeded up the basin and let the terrain get us towards the ridge. Finally we hit the ridge and ambled slowly to the summit at about our turnaround time. Brrrr it was cold. Great views but sadly my camera had frozen up. We returned out the same way and got back to the cars at dark. It was cold and the snow conditions were not ideal but even still we were pretty pleased to have tucked in a 7000 foot North Cascades peak in during December.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3908 ft / 1191 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Road, Trail, Avy Gully, Traverse, N Ridge
    Trailhead:Last Road Switchback  3180 ft / 969 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Not Bad While Moving But Somewhat Cold While Stationary

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