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Ascent of Tye Peak on 2021-01-22

Climber: Maureen Seeley

Others in Party:Rhonda Miller
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 22, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tye Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5476 ft / 1669 m

Ascent Trip Report

Under foggy skies, we took the beaten path to Skyline Lake (wearing microspikes), went north around the lake to the 5200' saddle on the northwest side of the lake. We put on snowshoes and dropped a couple hundred feet to the 5000' level in the next basin and followed the contour under Heather Ridge and Sky Mountain to gain the saddle between Sky and Tye. We followed the ridge to the summit of Tye Peak. It was very foggy and windy so very cold. We were hoping the fog would lift while we were on the summit but no luck.

We descended Tye using the same route and followed the contour at 5000' under we were just south of Sky Mountain and then ascended to the ridge and then on to the summit of Sky Mountain. The skies were clear and the air calm by this point and we had spectacular views. We spent time taking photos and enjoying lunch on top.

We looked at taking the ridge to Heather Ridge high point but the snow conditions looked too challenging along the narrow ridge so we made our way back to the saddle above Skyline Lake and approached Heather Ridge from the east. We made it to within the summit contour on the map but the last 5' or so on the summit block looked too sketchy (cornice?) we called it good and enjoyed the views from where we were. We used ice axe/crampons up the last 40' of Heather Ridge - it was steep and icy.

Great day out! ~ 8 hours car to car (started at 8:10am and got back to the cars around 4pm)
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Skyline Lake/Stevens Pass  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold
Foggy & windy to sunny, clear and calm



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