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Ascent of Low Mountain on 2017-01-28

Climber: Turner Bluechel

Date:Saturday, January 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Low Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5340 ft / 1627 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mountaineers trip led by Mark Scheffer. Took a new route starting at the Granite Mountain trailhead. We followed the trail up to 4200 feet and then continued up to approx. 4600 feet and made the traverse east as the snow conditions were safer farther up. Met a couple skinning up on their way to Granite Mountain and were able to follow their tracks to were we crossed the summer hiking trail at the top of the last switchback at 4720 feet. Used micro spikes for much of this part of route. From that point we circled around the ridge end keeping level at 4800 feet which lead us to the spine leading down to Denny lake. From Denny our path followed the NNE ridge to the summit ridge. Had a quick lunch on the false summit and tried for the summit. Made it to just below the second false summit where we encountered a short section with a large cornice to the west and the top of a very step show gully to the east. There was a layer of ice under about 10 inches of snow here and without crampons and climbing gear we felt best to turn around.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4270 ft / 1300 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Trailhead:Grainite Mountain Trailhead  1870 ft / 569 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy



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