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Ascent of Mount Margaret-South Peak on 2020-05-29

Climber: Stephen Bobick

Others in Party:Gypsy Vizsla
Date:Friday, May 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Margaret-South Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5480 ft / 1670 m

Ascent Trip Report

1:36 from car to summit. Snow patches started at 4100’ on trail in first. Continuous above road at 4400’

Full TR:
The drive up to the spur parking lot was snow free with only a lingering patch at the bend in the road. I first mistakenly started up the overgrown road past the TH lot but after 5 min of schwacking backtracked and hiked up the road to the proper trail start. Snow patches began in the forested trail section around 4100' and became continuous around 4400' (with the exception of the short road section at that elevation). I passed a hiker with a dog here and despite there being 2 cars at the TH, she's the only person I saw all evening. She indicated she had just turned around with no summit.

I sniffed my way up to the ridge. There were some older boottrack remnants and I sometimes followed them and sometimes just picked the path of least resistance up to 5200' and started traversing. The traverse felt tedious and I opted to stay high rather than try to follow the way along the trail to Lake Lillian. Eventually I gave up fighting and went up to the ridge to the summit of S Margaret. It was 8:00 at that point and I deliberated if this would be my summit. I decided I could navigate out of this place even in the dark so I ran the ridge to Margaret (20 more min). After enjoying the views here I dropped back to the saddle, descended to the 5200' countour and followed that until I hit my track on the way up. My dog helped me stay mostly on that track as it dropped down and faded in spots. At twilight I hit the road at 4400' and put on a headlamp. We got to the car at 10pm and it was still warm and pleasant (and dry!) out. A very nice sunset hike!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1880 ft / 573 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1880 ft / 573 m
    Start Trailhead:3600 ft / 1097 m
Descent Statistics



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