Ascent of Not so Sasse Peak on 2020-06-13

Climber: Anna Batie

Date:Saturday, June 13, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Not so Sasse Peak
    Elevation:5568 ft / 1697 m

Ascent Trip Report

We began the day with Sasse Mountain as our objective. We decided to do the approach following the Howson Creek trail. Be warned - the trail marked on maps and in the Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region guidebook no longer exists. The trail is pretty easy to follow until the first creek crossing, but after that, it frequently disappears into the brush. And even with our experience in routefinding, we got pretty off-route several times. We noticed that the trail was hardest to follow in the burnt out sections - the Jolly Mountain fire really took a toll on it. There's a great trail to follow up high in the talus slopes.

We picked a line up some Class 2 talus and achieved a summit of Not-So-Sasse Peak. After looking at the burnt forested slopes of Sasse Mountain, and seeing weather come in, we decided to call it good at Not-So-Sasse and head back down. It was much easier following the trail down, but we lost it at about 3000 feet (as others have mentioned - this seems to be where the trail disappears), and found ourselves bushwhacking on a steep sketchy slope above Howson Creek. This was less than ideal, but made for good practice for me. We found the trail again and safely hiked out.

Lots of pretty wildflowers blooming in this area right now.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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