Ascent of Silo Mountain on 2013-03-17

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Greg Slayden
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silo Mountain
    Elevation:4150 ft / 1264 m

Ascent Trip Report

Well, a first time for anything: a mountain bike/snowshoe combo. Greg and I met near Tulalip Casino and headed north on I-5, finding the trailhead quite easily. We began the hike at the motivating elevation of 140 ft per my GPS. We hopped on our bikes on the other side of the gate and headed uphill, mostly granny-gearing it, with only small slightly rocky patches that caused us to walk and push the bikes. We made it up to ~1960 ft with the bikes at an average speed of 3.3 mph, a little faster than we could have hiked. From here, we stashed our bikes near some trees and hiked a short distance until the snow got so deep that we were post-holing and put on our snowshoes. The hike up was great, with on and off snowing and even the occasional ray of sunshine poking through the clouds. We made it up to the saddle between Haystack and Silo, following a trip report and map from Ken Jones which led us straight to the correct peak. We cut up the steep slope to the summit, which was getting wind-loaded and we weren't too happy about that. We cut over to the lower angle ridge and felt safer as we topped out. After lunch on top and wandering around to cover the high ground, I subjected Greg to my summit photo habit. We headed down, sticking a bit more in lower angle terrain to avoid any avalanche danger, and then followed our snowshoe tracks back to the end of the snow. We were surprised to see a set of truck tracks at the end of the snow that were clearly fresh. About half a mile below snow line, we grabbed our bikes, did some gear futzing, and bombed back to the cars in under 20 minutes. We never saw the truck that had the magical gate key...

15.6 mi RT
23.4 mph max speed
2.9 mph avg
5h 18m moving time
Photos from the mountain bike/snowshoe
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4010 ft / 1222 m
    Route:Gilligan Creek
    Trailhead:140 ft / 42 m
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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