Mount Roosevelt (attempted)

Carla and I parked at the Snow Lake trailhead and hiked up the trail, which turned out to be the wrong way to go in the winter. Once we reached a clearing where we could see where the trail threads up through the cliff bands, we turned off the trail and headed north up a more moderate part of the east-west ridge that is south of Snow Lake.

Snow Lake was still completely frozen over. Carla walked across the lake while I, being scared of walking across lakes, skirted the side. Eventually we came to the west side of the lake, zigzagged up the snow bowls between the lake and Roosevelt, and made our way to the gully between the summit of Roosevelt and a subsidiary peak to the south of Roosevelt.

Here we tried to ascend the gully between Roosevelt and the south peak, then at the top of the gully we traversed right (north) until we came to a steep, exposed section of snow that we weren't willing to follow.

Second try was to ascend a more moderate gully a little way to the south. This got us up on the ridge between Kaleetan Peak and Mount Roosevelt, here we had excellent views of the north ridge of Kaleetan Peak. We followed the ridge north until we met the rocky subsidiary peak south of Roosevelt. Convinced we were on route I tried scrambling the crumbly, exposed rock for fifty feet or so before coming to my senses and descending while the descending was marginal and not horrible.

Defeated, we descended to the lake, braving wet snow slides on the way. By this time I was used to risks so I walked the full 1+ miles across frozen Snow Lake.

On the way back we descended via Source Lake instead of the main trail, which is a much better way to access Snow Lake in the winter.

  • Date:
    2006/05/05
    Elevation gain:
    2,485 feet
    Trip type:
    scramble
    USGS quad:
    Snoqualmie Pass
    In:
    Middle Fork Snoqualmie Drainage, Alpine Lakes Wilderness
    Car-to-car:
    10 hours 52 minutes
    • 52 minutes driving there from Capitol Hill to Snow Lake trailhead
    • 2 hours 22 minutes ascending from Snow Lake trailhead to Snow Lake outlet
    • 2 hours 57 minutes ascending from Snow Lake outlet to closest we got to the summit (up snow finger)
    • 2 hours 5 minutes ascending from closest we got to the summit (up snow finger) to second closest we got to summit (partially up N peak of Roosevelt)
    • 1 hour 39 minutes descending from second closest we got to summit (partially up N peak of Roosevelt) to Snow Lake
    • 1 hour 49 minutes descending from Snow Lake to Snow Lake trailhead
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  • Chair Peak from Snow Lake trail
    Chair Peak from Snow Lake trail
  • Bryant Peak from Snow Lake Trail
    Bryant Peak from Snow Lake Trail
  • Bryant Peak and Chair Peak from Snow Lake trail
    Bryant Peak and Chair Peak from Snow Lake trail
  • The Tooth, Hemlock Peak, and Bryant Peak from Snow Lake Trail
    The Tooth, Hemlock Peak, and Bryant Peak from Snow Lake Trail
  • The Tooth from Snow Lake trail
    The Tooth from Snow Lake trail
  • Denny Mountain from Snow Lake trail
    Denny Mountain from Snow Lake trail
  • Wright Mountain over Snow Lake
    Wright Mountain over Snow Lake
  • Carla on Snow Lake, Mount Roosevelt in background
    Carla on Snow Lake, Mount Roosevelt in background
  • Mount Roosevelt over Snow Lake
    Mount Roosevelt over Snow Lake
  • Mount Roosevelt over Snow Lake
    Mount Roosevelt over Snow Lake
  • Chair Peak over Snow Lake
    Chair Peak over Snow Lake
  • Chair Peak over Snow Lake
    Chair Peak over Snow Lake
  • Middle Fork peaks, Avalanche Mountain, and Snoqualmie Mountain over Snow Lake
    Middle Fork peaks, Avalanche Mountain, and Snoqualmie Mountain over Snow Lake
  • East side of the north ridge of Kaleetan Peak
    East side of the north ridge of Kaleetan Peak
  • West side of the north ridge of Kaleetan Peak
    West side of the north ridge of Kaleetan Peak

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