Ascent of Unicorn Peak on 2015-05-02
|Date:||Saturday, May 2, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6971 ft / 2124 m|
Ascent Trip ReportUnicorn peak is the tallest (6971 feet) in the Tatoosh Mountain Range and offers spectacular views of Mount Rainier. It's top is somewhat jagged which looks like a Unicorn's horn, hence the name.
We parked our cars at the snow lake trailhead on Stevens Canyon Road. Usually this road is closed till Memorial day (towards end of May). But we were lucky, and the road was open just till the snowlake trailhead.
At 9.50am, we started on the trail which takes you south-east to the Bench Lake. At Bench lake you will see a marker to go down to the lake or keep going on the trail to go to snow lake. At snow lake you will see a sign that the maintained trail ends there. There were just patches of snow on the trail uptil this point and no navigation was really needed.
From snow lake we proceeded slightly south-west to the steep climb through a gully. Unicorn creek flows through this (and goes into snow lake below), but the creek was under the snow at this time. Keep going up, around the unicorn peak and you will reach a ridge on the south west side of the peak. From here you get good views of the south. On clear days you can see Mt. Adams and St. Helens. From here go left and continue up till you reach the summit block.
The summit block requires a rope to climb to the top. There are a couple of 5.6 routes on the south side which are easy enough to climb in Mountaineering boots. If you go little around to the south-east, there is a class 4 climb, which can be done without ropes, but it is very exposed. Another options is to start with the class 4 route, and then use the crack on the left which requires some class 5 moves but doesn't have scary exposure!
I am uploading the gpx, but my battery died during the descent. The ascent part is solid and we used the same route on descent.
Walking up to the ridge on the south-west side of Unicorn Peak. From here you get view of south. Mt. Adams and Mt. Saint Helens can be seen from top of the ridge (2015-05-02). Photo by Sandeep Kumar.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2397 ft / 730 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.8 mi / 7.7 km|
| Trailhead:||Snow Lake Trailhead 4574 ft / 1394 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Rock Climb, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Rope|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Mostly clear with occasional clouds. Nice warm day.
| Time:||3 Hours 35 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 50 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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