Ascent of Philadelphia Mountain on 2014-12-04

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Dan Conley
Mike Hakanson
Janine Hakanson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, December 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Philadelphia Mountain
    Elevation:3320 ft / 1011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Almost too embarrassed to post a "failure" on this easy peak, but it is what it is... I organized a work hike up to Lake Serene with the ulterior motive of taking the group (or some of the group who were willing) with me up Philadelphia Mountain. It was planned as a snowshoe trip with the knowledge that snow levels would likely make it a hike most of the way. We initially had nearly a dozen folks interested in the trip. By the day of the trip, we were down to 4... So, with a pretty strong group, we waited for one more guy who we failed to connect with, then headed to the trailhead. We were on our way by 9:15. Along the hike up, I dropped hints at the idea of continuing up to Philadelphia Mtn. The group seemed agreeable. After a food break near the lake, we continued up the ridge. Unlike a snowshoe ascent where we would be able to walk over the boulder field and brush, there was just enough snow to cover stuff up, but not enough to walk nicely over it. Ugh... We made some progress, but the group was not used to off trail travel, so we made a decision to turn around after a bit of uphill in the brush. Too bad, we were only 400 vertical ft from the ridge and another 400 vertical ft to the summit. With an earlier start we could have made it. On a lighter note, the forecast was calling for 80% chance of showers this day. We made it all the way down to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls before any drizzling began. The hike back to the car was ok as the sun began setting. We were back before dark. These short daylight hours really suck... As we were hiking down, the strangest coincidence. I was talking to Mike and Janine about the joys of international peakbagging and they mentioned that their friend Duane likes to take trips to climb obscure mountains. Since Mike and Janine live on Whidbey Island, I figured that they may mean Duane Gilliland as he lives near there. Small peakbagging world - they know him well! Crazy coincidence. Anyway, a hike to Lake Serene and the ridge above it was still 100 times better than a day at work even if we did not summit!


GPS notes: As usual, took quite a while to acquire a signal...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2720 ft / 829 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2720 ft / 829 m
    Route:Via Lake Serene
    Start Trailhead:600 ft / 182 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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