Ascent of Big Snow Mountain on 2017-05-27

Climber: Patty Cokus

Others in Party:Sean Albert -- Trip Report or GPS Track
(The Dog) Ava
Susan Shih -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Mark Eiselt
Date:Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Snow Mountain
    Elevation:6680 ft / 2036 m

Ascent Trip Report


"Patty, Mark, Sue, Ava and I met up at their house on Saturday morning. A super quick drive on the 90 to exit 34 and we kept on going past the masses parked at Mailbox. The new middle fork road is pretty sweet, a high clearance vehicle can make it to the Dingford gate. The Dingford creek/falls near the TH was raging with all the warm weather we've been having. We opted to walk the road, but mountain bikes would make this trip much faster, since the road is VERY well maintained past the gate all the way to the turn off for the lakes before Hardscrabble Creek. There is a cairn about 50 yards past the giant log, a little searching was needed to find the trail, but it's very obvious when you do find it. If you need to do any bushwhacking go back to the road and try again. After about forty feet the trail uses an old logging road, which is also very easy to follow since someone spent some time clearing this trail maybe last year.

We hit snow around the boulder field which made for slow going. Camped at the lower lake which was still almost completely frozen, finding a nice fire pit on some dry ground in the woods on the Southwest end. Lots of waterfalls flowing off everything. Sunday we woke up and headed for the upper lake traversing the West sides of both lakes. We picked the easiest way up to the 5700 ft. col and then dropped down and around pt. 6131. The wide flat ridge narrows around 6400, which ended up being a narrow snow fin for us at this point in the season, think Eldorado with a little less exposure. An easy scramble up snow to the summit area, which was melted out. We signed the register, the first party in 2017 and headed back. Camped another night at the lower lake and hiked out on Monday. Didn't see anyone else after the road, although maybe some ski tracks high up on the mountain from Saturday, probably someone using the Dingford approach. A beautiful area that felt a lot like the North Cascades this early in the season."
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