Chiwawa Mountain loop

  • Date:
    2012/08/18 to 2012/08/20
    Car-to-car:
    3 days
    Trip type:
    scramble
    USGS quad:
    Suiattle Pass
    In:
    North Cascades
  • Day 1

  • At the Trinity trail head.  The Trinity Conservancy might be looking for a manager for the town of Trinity: http://home.comcast.net/~trin-con/index.html
    At the Trinity trail head. The Trinity Conservancy might be looking for a manager for the town of Trinity: http://home.comcast.net/~trin-con/index.html
  • We are about to enter Lindsay's favorite place
    We are about to enter Lindsay's favorite place
  • The trail conditions degraded after we forked off the Chiwawa River trail onto the Red Mountain trail
    The trail conditions degraded after we forked off the Chiwawa River trail onto the Red Mountain trail
  • On the old mining road that is now the Red Mountain trail
    On the old mining road that is now the Red Mountain trail
  • Eventually we left the Red Mountain trail to traverse west below Chiwawa
    Eventually we left the Red Mountain trail to traverse west below Chiwawa
  • Day 2

  • We didn't find any established camp sites on the south slopes of Chiwawa, but this spot worked
    We didn't find any established camp sites on the south slopes of Chiwawa, but this spot worked
  • The next morning we broke camp and headed up the SW slopes of Chiwawa
    The next morning we broke camp and headed up the SW slopes of Chiwawa
  • On the summit of Chiwawa Mountain, looking north towards Cloudy Peak
    On the summit of Chiwawa Mountain, looking north towards Cloudy Peak
  • On the summit of Chiwawa Mountain with Clark and Luahna in the background
    On the summit of Chiwawa Mountain with Clark and Luahna in the background
  • The one short section of 3rd class that we encountered on the SW slopes of Chiwawa
    The one short section of 3rd class that we encountered on the SW slopes of Chiwawa
  • Most of Chiwawa Mountain's SW slopes were rubble like this
    Most of Chiwawa Mountain's SW slopes were rubble like this
  • Looking north into the Miners Creek drainage from the Fortress/Chiwawa pass.  We decided to try a cross-country route down this valley to the PCT
    Looking north into the Miners Creek drainage from the Fortress/Chiwawa pass. We decided to try a cross-country route down this valley to the PCT
  • Sun-dried mud
    Sun-dried mud
  • Looking back up to the Fortress/Chiwawa pass from Miners Creek
    Looking back up to the Fortress/Chiwawa pass from Miners Creek
  • Looking down the Miners Creek valley to Plummer Mountain
    Looking down the Miners Creek valley to Plummer Mountain
  • Most of the forest in the Miners Creek valley was pleasant and open, although the last half-mile before the trail was brushy
    Most of the forest in the Miners Creek valley was pleasant and open, although the last half-mile before the trail was brushy
  • NW ridge of Fortress from Middle Ridge
    NW ridge of Fortress from Middle Ridge
  • Our campsite on the nose of Middle Ridge.  There was a beautiful meadow 10 minutes walk above the campsite that we used for dinner and breakfast
    Our campsite on the nose of Middle Ridge. There was a beautiful meadow 10 minutes walk above the campsite that we used for dinner and breakfast
  • Sunset from the meadow above our Middle Ridge camp site
    Sunset from the meadow above our Middle Ridge camp site
  • Sunrise in the meadow above our Middle Ridge camp site
    Sunrise in the meadow above our Middle Ridge camp site
  • Day 3

  • On the top of Flower Dome.  Fortress Mountain in the background
    On the top of Flower Dome. Fortress Mountain in the background
  • Buck Mountain from the Buck Creek trail
    Buck Mountain from the Buck Creek trail
  • Relaxing at the Buck Creek trail head
    Relaxing at the Buck Creek trail head

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