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Ascent of Indian Head Peak on 2016-08-14

Climber: Connor McEntee

Date:Sunday, August 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Indian Head Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7400 ft / 2255 m

Ascent Trip Report

I climbed Glacier the day before and figured with such a beautiful day that I'd head up to Indian Head before heading out to my car at the trailhead. Overall, it's a very beautiful mountain with great views of Glacier. I had read (and the summit register supports) that few people climb this mountain, but surprisingly I ran into two hikers coming down on the way up and a Canadian couple had summited the day before.

As for the route, I took the northwest ridge. It kind of sucks, though coming down was a lot worse than going up. The knee high plants were all wet with morning dew, and several slopes are steep enough that you can go sliding down if you loose your balance. I discovered on the descent that drainages further to the east are all rocky, solid, and most importantly not wet. However, traversing back toward the PCT from there is a pain i.e. side-hilling on wet slopes.

I visited both summits, the east summit has a fun short class 3 scramble, which can otherwise be avoided by circling around it.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles



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