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enlarge 283KB, 1024x689 2 97kickass0001s Getting packs ready at Phelps Creek Trailhead: Greg M, Bill M., Pete G., Eric W., Kyle M.
enlarge 343KB, 1024x688 3 97kickass0002s Taking a break heading up the steep (but short) climb up the Carne Mtn. Trail.
enlarge 329KB, 674x1024 4 97kickass001 The Carne Mtn Trail relentlessly climbs up out of the Phelps Creek Valley. Fortunately, most of the climb is in the shade of the forest, but near the top the trail enters meadows with expansive views.
Here Steve Goodwin makes his way up the trail with impressive Buck Mtn as a backdrop.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x688 5 97kickass0011s Chip in camp at Carne Mtn. Basin.
enlarge 307KB, 1024x688 6 97kickass0012s Austin setting up tent at Carne Mtn. Basin.
enlarge 257KB, 1024x687 7 97kickass0071s Andrew getting ready to dish out dessert at our first night's camp.
enlarge 321KB, 1024x687 8 97kickass0013s View of our camp at Carne Mtn. Basin
enlarge 276KB, 1024x688 9 97kickass0014s Snowfields still linger in mid August.
enlarge 422KB, 1024x671 10 97kickass002 Our first nights camp was Carne Mtn. Basin, below Carne Mountain. This photo shows our camp from the ridge above the camp.
It was only 3.2 miles from the trail head to our camp, but we had to climb almost 2800 feet.
enlarge 236KB, 1024x686 11 97kickass0021s Looking along Entiat Ridge at Seven Fingered Jack Mtn and Mt. Maude.
enlarge 302KB, 674x1024 12 97kickass003 Looking north from the ridge above our camp, you can see Mt Maude beyond.
enlarge 316KB, 679x1024 13 97kickass005 Another view of our camp from the ridge.
enlarge 328KB, 681x1024 14 97kickass006 Kyle going up the ridge above our camp.
enlarge 417KB, 1024x674 15 97kickass007 Our Camp in Carne Mtn. Basin - My first trip here was in 1969 - Sue and I, with her carrying Greg (2 years old) were very tired when we got to the basin and looking forward to making camp. Unfortunately, we found that the basin was occupied by about a thousand sheep and two Basque sheepherders.
enlarge 242KB, 1024x686 16 97kickass0072s After Breakfast at Carne Mtn. Basin: Bill M., Andrew, Austing, Kyle, Eric, Chip, ??
enlarge 290KB, 1024x686 17 97kickass0073s First rays of the sun hitting our camp.
enlarge 363KB, 1024x687 18 97kickass0074s All the Moosekers: Andrew, Bill & Greg.
enlarge 318KB, 1024x688 19 97kickass0075s Getting ready to hit the trail: Bill & Charlie.
enlarge 363KB, 823x1024 20 97kickass004 Greg Mooseker in camp.
enlarge 442KB, 1024x669 21 97kickass008 Day 2 - breaking camp. Charlie and Steve at the left.
enlarge 361KB, 1024x674 22 97kickass009 Group Photo in Upper Carne Mtn. Basin- You can see Spider Glacier and Spider Gap far in the distance (Above Brian).
Left to Right: Cascade Bill, Brian Sisk, Bill Peckinpaugh, Peter Goodwin, Chip Walker, Eric Walkinshaw, Austin Peckinpaugh, Charlie Walker, Greg Mooseker, Andrew Mooseker, Kyle Meissner, Steve Goodwin.
enlarge 444KB, 1024x668 23 97kickass010 Another View.
enlarge 280KB, 1024x670 24 97kickass011 The trail climbs to a saddle overlooking the upper end of Rock Creek (Elev 6750). Leaving our packs there, we scrambled up the ridge to the summit of Carne Mtn (Elev 7100).
Here Greg and Steve look north along Entiat Ridge.
enlarge 289KB, 1024x674 25 97kickass012 Austin and Bill at the Summit.
enlarge 256KB, 1024x672 26 97kickass013 Buck Mtn from the Carne Mtn summit.
enlarge 226KB, 1024x671 27 97kickass014 Andrew and Charlie.
enlarge 238KB, 1024x672 28 97kickass015 Chip, Kyle, and Eric. - You can see much of the Carne Mtn - Leroy Creek High Route along Entiat Ridge.
You can see a small white dot midway between Chip and Kyle, which is a small snowfield about level with Chip's ear (lower Box Creek Basin). The route climbs to the saddle between Box and Chipmunk Creek - roughly to the snowfield about halfway between the white dot and the top of Mt Maude at the center of the photo. Note Seven Fingered Jack just to the left of Mt. Maude.
enlarge 227KB, 1024x685 29 97kickass0161s Eric & Pete on summit of Carne Mtn.
enlarge 235KB, 1024x671 30 97kickass016 Andrew, Kyle, and Chip - View of Buck Mtn - Buck Creek Pass is at the head of the valley to the right of the photo. We would be returning via Buck Creek Pass 6 days hence ending at Trinity (in the valley at the lower left).
enlarge 253KB, 1024x668 31 97kickass017 Looking up Phelps Creek - Spider Meadow can be seen at the upper end of the valley.
Peaks from left to right - Fortress, Chiwawa, Red. Spider Glacier and Spider Gap can be seen as a "7" shaped snowfield to the right of Red Mtn. We would head over Spider Gap 3 days later.
enlarge 367KB, 668x1024 32 97kickass018 Back down to the saddle we put our packs back on and go down switchbacks about 3/4 miles to the junction with the Carne Mtn- Leroy Creek High route.
enlarge 411KB, 1024x668 33 97kickass019 Another view.
enlarge 361KB, 849x1024 34 97kickass020 Heading down the Rock Creek Trail with Entiat Ridge in the background.
Kyle, Andrew, Steve (red pack) and Charlie. Greg is almost out of view in the woods.
enlarge 211KB, 1024x666 35 97kickass021 Andrew a short way along the Carne Mtn/Leroy Creek High Route.
enlarge 298KB, 1024x668 36 97kickass022 Taking a break in a small basin along the High Route - Andrew and Steve with Buck Mtn in the background.
enlarge 315KB, 1024x668 37 97kickass023 Charlie, Greg, and Steve.
I think that this is where Sue, Greg, and I camped in 1969 when we encountered the sheep in Carne Mtn. Basin. Greg and I camped here in 1987, where we found our "Cowboy" Coffee Pot, that was lost in Milk Creek by David Hoff in 1998.
enlarge 257KB, 1024x668 38 97kickass024 Charlie and Greg.
enlarge 333KB, 668x1024 39 97kickass025 On the trail again - actually we did have a little tread through this part of the route as you can see. We are dropping into Box Creek - you can see the "white dot" snowfield in the meadow beyond.
If you enlarge the photo to "original size", you can see the trail going up from the right side of the meadow with the snowfield. The trail goes up through the trees to the meadows of upper Box Creek.
enlarge 250KB, 668x1024 40 97kickass026 Kyle. This is the meadow with the "white dot" snowfield looking back along our route to Carne Mountain beyond. You can see the trail coming down.
Kyle is not happy - we had just taken his big box of CD's.
enlarge 406KB, 1024x668 41 97kickass027 At the upper end of Box Creek, you have to go up this hill to reach the saddle between Box and Chipmunk Creeks.
Going up Kyle, Andrew, Charlie, Greg (far right). Austin (red pack), Peter, Eric, Chip, Bill, Brian (far left).
enlarge 341KB, 1024x668 42 97kickass028 Looking back down the hill to the upper Box Creek meadows you can see Steve coming up the hill.
enlarge 241KB, 1024x644 43 97kickass029 Crossing the snowfield at the saddle, there is a peekaboo view of Fortress and Chiwawa Mountains.
enlarge 319KB, 1024x668 44 97kickass030 Looking down to the meadows of Upper Chipmunk Creek. There is "vague" tread going down to Chipmunk Creek, but all trace of a trail is lost in these meadows.
The route traverses around this shoulder as best you can, using benches where possible.
enlarge 308KB, 1024x668 45 97kickass031 Greg taking a break.
Going around the shoulder, Spider Meadow, and the "7" of the Spider Glacier and spider Gap seems a lot closer. Click Here for a photo of Greg at the same spot in 1983.
From here on, the route gets much rougher as you have to drop down into a rocky basin around the corner. Traverse around the shoulder till you come to a talus slope, which you can work around on the left.
enlarge 315KB, 1024x668 46 97kickass032 Charlie, Austin, Chip, Eric (behind Chip), Peter, Bill P., Brian.
Carne Mountain is the peak with the snowfield beyond.
enlarge 296KB, 1024x668 47 97kickass033 Get out the moleskin - Andrew doing a little foot doctoring.
As I noted a couple of photos ago, the route from Chipmunk Creek to Leroy Creek Basin is really rough, especially dropping down into the talus on the slopes of Seven Fingered Jack.
This was my last photo for the day. We ran out of time and stumbled into our camp at Leroy Creek basin just before dark. Steve and Charlie, pitched their tents and we didn't see them until morning. Everone was dead tired. Someone said that this trail "Kicks your ass", so the Kickass Trail and the "Kickass Trekkers" were born.
Stat's for the day: 9.3 miles and 3350' climbed. Total for 2 days - 12.5 miles and 6100' climbed. Kickass indeed!
enlarge 254KB, 1024x685 48 97kickass0331s Day 3 - Halfway down the Leroy Creek Trail we are taking a short break. This "trail" is an ankle killing monster that is very steep and inspires almost constant cussing.
enlarge 289KB, 1024x672 49 97kickass034 Bill P, Brian, Andrew, Kyle, Eric, Chip, and Peter. This is a trail that is super steep and eroded, and is no fun either going up or down.
At the junction of Leroy Creek and Phelps Cr trails, we said our goodbyes to Greg, who headed on out, headed for home (with Kyle's CD's) while we headed up the trail to camp at Spider Meadow.
Stats for Day 3- 5.2 miles, 700' climbed, 2000' dropped.
Day 3 had been fairly easy, even with the steep descent of Leroy Creek. We made camp early and had a leisurely day.
You can't see the Spider Glacier, which is behind the gray buttress below Red Mountain. Spider Meadow is one of the special places in the Cascades.
enlarge 346KB, 673x1024 51 97kickass036 Steve heading up the trail to the Spider Glacier. This trail was built to support a mining claim on the other side of Spider Gap.
enlarge 373KB, 676x1024 52 97kickass037 Another view of Steve. You can see the wide expanse of Spider Meadow beyond. This trail is very steep as it was made by prospectors and not to some Federal Specification.
enlarge 390KB, 679x1024 53 97kickass038 At the foot of the Spider Glacier. You can see Seven Fingered Jack beyond.
enlarge 354KB, 717x1024 54 97kickass039 Bill P, Kyle, and Charlie taking a break before we tackle the Spider Glacier.
enlarge 401KB, 698x1024 55 97kickass041 Looking back down at our break spot.
enlarge 290KB, 1024x668 56 97kickass042 Climbing up the Spider Glacier - Chip, Peter, Eric, "Pink Cheeks" and her companion, Bill M., Charlie, and Steve.
"Pink Cheeks" was a good looking woman in pink shorts that passed me on the way up. Following her for a while kept your mind off the steep climb.
enlarge 284KB, 1024x668 57 97kickass043a Still Climbing.
enlarge 196KB, 1152x701 58 97kickass044a Almost to the top - Austin at left.
enlarge 149KB, 1024x685 59 97kickass045 Andrew and Bill M.
enlarge 220KB, 1024x655 60 97kickass046 Charlie.
enlarge 163KB, 1024x657 61 97kickass047 Kyle
enlarge 201KB, 1024x652 62 97kickass048 Steve
enlarge 213KB, 1024x686 63 97kickass0511s Chip & Pete at Spider Gap. (Pink Cheeks at left!)
enlarge 211KB, 1024x678 64 97kickass052 On top - Cascade Bill, Bill P, Chip, Brian, Peter, Eric, Andrew, Steve, Charlie. kneeling- Austin and Kyle.
enlarge 186KB, 1024x678 65 97kickass053 Another view.
enlarge 328KB, 1024x665 66 97kickass054 At the gap- Steve, Charlie, Kyle, Andrew, Eric, Brian, Austin, Chip, Peter, and Bill P.
The miner's trail coming out of the snowbank at center right goes to the mining claim. You can see 'Pink cheeks" and her companion heading out on this trail. This trail does not lead down to Lyman basin.
enlarge 336KB, 1024x673 67 97kickass055 Heading down the snowfields on the north side of Spider Gap. Some of the guys got out garbage bags and slid down the snow.
enlarge 310KB, 668x1024 68 97kickass056 Charlie going down - note his creative use of his shoes and cup to store his water bottles.
If you look closely you can see "icebergs" on the lakes below.
enlarge 307KB, 668x1024 69 97kickass057 Continuing down the snowfield - you can see the crevasses on the Lyman Glacier beyond.
Sliding down on his garbage bag, Chip narrowly missed the only sticking out of the snow for 100 yards in any direction.
enlarge 193KB, 1024x686 70 97kickass0571s Heading down - we were fortunate in having this much snow, which meant that we didn't have to clamber over the rocky detritus of the glacier.
enlarge 198KB, 1024x686 71 97kickass0572s Another view.
enlarge 401KB, 1024x668 72 97kickass058 View of the upper Lyman Basin - Cloudy Peak to the right and the twin peaks of Sitting Bull Mountain at the center.
enlarge 238KB, 1024x687 73 97kickass0581s Taking a break above the Lyman Glacier.
enlarge 324KB, 1024x678 74 97kickass059 Chip and Charlie.
enlarge 335KB, 1024x678 75 97kickass060 Kyle and Eric
enlarge 317KB, 1024x678 76 97kickass061 Andrew and Bill
enlarge 388KB, 1024x678 77 97kickass062 Peter and Steve.
enlarge 356KB, 1024x678 78 97kickass063 Bill, Steve, Bill P., Charlie
enlarge 368KB, 1024x671 80 97kickass065 Lower edge of Lyman Glacier ends in this lake.
enlarge 296KB, 1024x668 81 97kickass066 After leaving the snowfield and the moraine field behind, a trail is picked up which will lead you down to Lyman Lake.
enlarge 347KB, 1024x668 82 97kickass067 Looking back up the basin - Spider Gap is back to the left behind the gray rock.
enlarge 369KB, 1024x668 83 97kickass068 Looking back through the trees at upper Lyman basin.
enlarge 297KB, 1024x670 84 97kickass069 A really impressive view looking back up the basin as the trail climbs to a little ridge. You can see the trail at the lower left of the photo.
enlarge 299KB, 1024x668 85 97kickass070 After climbing the low ridge, we get our first view of Lyman lake below Cloudy Peak. You can see the guys on the trail below.
enlarge 364KB, 1024x668 86 97kickass071 Looking towards upper Lyman basin from Lyman Lake.
enlarge 321KB, 1024x672 87 97kickass072 Lyman Lake looking down Railroad Creek Valley.
We camped at the designated campground here. The guys had a nice dip in the lake. A coed working at Holden Village for the summer, was camped by us and joined us at our campfire. We got a laugh when she sat down next to Brian, and he kept moving away and she would move closer, etc. until he almost fell off the bench.
Stat's for the day, 7.6 miles, 2700' climbed, and 1800' dropped.
enlarge 245KB, 1024x687 88 97kickass0721s View from our camp back towards Lyman.
enlarge 302KB, 1024x687 89 97kickass0722s Our Camp on the west side of the lake: Eric, Bill P., Andrew, Kyle, Brian, Bill M., Pete, Chip, Austin, charlie. You can see from the Mosquito nets that the bugs were bad! There was a gal from Holden Village camped near us and joined our campfire. She sidled up to Brian, and he kept sliding over until he was hanging onto the log with just one cheek. We thought he was going to fall off.
enlarge 445KB, 1024x668 90 97kickass073 Day 5 Heading up to Cloudy Pass though the fields of lupine along the trail. Cloudy Peak is to the right.
enlarge 220KB, 1024x687 91 97kickass0731s Bill M. on the long traverse up to Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 218KB, 1024x686 92 97kickass0732s Looking back towards Spider Gap, Red & Chiwawa Mountains.
enlarge 295KB, 1024x671 93 97kickass074 At Cloudy Pass is one of the premier views of the Cascades (or anywhere) - Lyman Lake and upper Lyman Basin, and Red Mountain. You can see the route coming down from Spider Gap.
enlarge 238KB, 1024x668 94 97kickass075 Taking a break at Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 327KB, 1024x668 95 97kickass076 Descending from Cloudy Pass.
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enlarge 403KB, 1024x668 98 97kickass077 Day 6 - our camp at Image Lake. Charlie, Bill P, and Steve enjoying a cup of java with Glacier Peak rising from the mists beyond.
Note: Day 5 stats: 7.4 miles, 2250' climbed, and 1900' dropped.
enlarge 256KB, 1024x674 99 97kickass078 Glacier Peak and Image Lake.
We made a circuit of the lake from our camp (in the trees beyond). When we wee about at the far side, we saw a guy swimming on the other side of the lake. As we made our way around to that side, Somebody exclaimed, "Hey, that guy is not a guy!", and sure enough as we came up to where the swimmer was sitting, we came upon another Holden Village coed enjoying a morning skinny dip, sitting there with her hands strategically placed. As we walked by, Bill P. asked her how the water was. They exchanged a few comments with everyone trying to look like they weren't looking.
If you look at the photo at the original size, you can see the swimmer making her way across the lake.
They say that the view from Image Lake across to Glacier Peak is another one of the best in the Cascades, but I think that we had a bonus that morning.
enlarge 221KB, 1024x668 100 97kickass079 Can you find our "Swimmer"? - Enlarge to original size.
enlarge 313KB, 1024x668 101 97kickass080 Guys at Image Lake.
enlarge 243KB, 1024x686 102 97kickass0801s Looking back over Image Lake.
enlarge 274KB, 1024x687 103 97kickass0802s
enlarge 227KB, 1024x685 104 97kickass0803s Another view of Image Lake and Glacier Peak shrouded in clouds.
enlarge 305KB, 1024x672 105 97kickass081 Bill P - testing the water himself.
enlarge 320KB, 696x1024 106 97kickass082 Eric and Kyle.
enlarge 302KB, 1024x675 107 97kickass083 Andrew - Leaving Image Lake.
enlarge 358KB, 1024x673 108 97kickass084 Charlie - on Miner's Ridge on Image Lake Alternate heading back to the Cascade Crest Trail.
At the junction with the CCT, we met a group that was on a speed trek. I asked them where they were going, and they said that they were heading up over Suiattle Pass and then down Agnes Creek. I told them that they should make the short side trips to Image Lake and to Cloudy Pass to get the best views along their route. They weren't interested, so I told them that that was like having a hamburger without mayo, onions, and ketchup. I guess they thought I was some kind of whacko cause they immediately took off up the trail.
enlarge 220KB, 1024x676 109 97kickass085 View from Miner's Ridge - the Suiattle river is at the left, and Dusty Creek just left of center.
enlarge 293KB, 1024x674 110 97kickass086 Steve and Charlie - Fortress Mtn as a backdrop.
Usually we filter our water, but where there is little chance that people are camping near the water source, I'll generally drink the water as is. At the beginning of the trip Steve and Charlie were adamant that all their water be filtered, and they would be pumping water when everybody else would be filling their canteens from the stream. I was taken aback along this stretch of the trail, when I came around a bend and both Charlie and Steve were filling their canteens from a stream along the trail!
enlarge 326KB, 1024x668 111 97kickass087 When we got to the CCT we headed south until we got to the junction of the Buck Creek Pass Trail. This photo is taken near where the Buck Cr Pass Trail goes over the ridge, and is looking back across the valley towards Miner's Ridge.
In photo: Bill P., Brian, Eric (green pack), Andrew (white hat), Charlie (in mosquito netting).
enlarge 269KB, 1024x668 112 97kickass088 View of Miner's Ridge and Plummer's Mountain. If you enlarge photo to "original size" you can make out the Image Lake Alternate trail if you look closely.
When we got to the ridge crest, we met "Pink Cheeks" and her companion again. We had planned on going up the ridge to a little basin to camp, but that was where PC and friend were headed so I opted to continue on the trail, which turned out to be a bad decision in that we had to camp in a crappy camp at Small Creek instead of high up in the meadows. Basically we were pitching our tents in the trail - no one was happy that night.
Stats for Day 6: 9.8 miles, 2600' climbed, and 3200' dropped.
enlarge 392KB, 1024x674 113 97kickass089 Day 7 - on our way to Buck Creek Pass.
The climb out of Small Creek is short but steep. I put Brian in front as hikemaster, but had to fire him as he was going much too fast.
Also, enlarge photo and look at Charlie's hiking stick. Then go back and look at the photos from the beginning of the hike - it looks like it has gotten shorter by about 3 feet!
enlarge 297KB, 1024x675 114 97kickass090 As we head along the trail down into Buck Creek Pass, Glacier Peak comes into view from behind Flower Dome.
Note the lenticular cloud over Glacier Peak.
enlarge 276KB, 1024x673 115 97kickass091 Full on view of Glacier Peak.
enlarge 259KB, 1024x686 116 97kickass0911s Climbing up Liberty Cap on the trail above Buck Cr. Pass. Helmet Butte is to the left with Fortress Mtn. just to the right of it.
enlarge 357KB, 1024x668 117 97kickass092 After setting up camp at Buck Cr Pass, we took a day hike up the trail towards High Pass. This trail was once supposed to be part of the Cascade Crest Trail, but it never was constructed over High Pass.
Mountain to the left is Fortress Mtn. again.
enlarge 447KB, 1024x668 118 97kickass093 Charlie, Steve, and Bill P. heading up the trail that goes around the side of Liberty Cap.
enlarge 301KB, 1024x668 119 97kickass094 Taking a break with a great view of Glacier Peak.
enlarge 330KB, 1024x668 120 97kickass095 Another view - this is a beautiful stretch of trail.
enlarge 244KB, 1024x686 121 97kickass0951s Another view.
enlarge 226KB, 1024x686 122 97kickass0952s Typical ridge walking on the way to High Pass - view is down Buck Creek Valley.
enlarge 219KB, 1024x686 123 97kickass0953s Eric and Kyle.
enlarge 202KB, 1024x686 124 97kickass0961s Austin, Kyle, Eric, Chip, Peter, and Bill - taking a break on the way back to camp.
enlarge 270KB, 1024x670 125 97kickass096 Eric, Chip, Peter, and Andrew - After rounding Liberty Cap, the trail goes along the ridge for a while and then goes over to the north side of the ridge and traverses across the steep slopes of peak 7276. The trail here is in pretty bad condition, and the dropoff makes you a little nervous. I went around a corner and saw that the guys were crossing a steep snowfield that was over the trail and a slip would be a one way ticket to Eternity. I stopped the rest from going over and was relieved that those that had already crossed go back over safely. We headed back to this spot on the ridge and took a break.
The guys were a little nonchalant about crossing the snowfield, and Steve gave them quite a tongue lashing. Later, Chip stated that he hadn't seen Steve that pissed since someone dropped a book in the Library.
enlarge 263KB, 1024x668 126 97kickass097 Looking across Buck Creek we can see in the distance our route at the beginning of the trip - from Carne Mountain at right to Mt Maude at the left.
enlarge 285KB, 1024x669 127 97kickass098 Looking towards Mt. Maude.
enlarge 276KB, 1024x675 128 97kickass099 Bill and Andrew - this is where the trail goes over to the north side of the ridge.
enlarge 286KB, 1024x668 129 97kickass100 View looking south from the trail.
enlarge 391KB, 1024x673 130 97kickass101 Heading back to Buck Creek Pass near where the trail starts to descend around Liberty Cap.
Andrew, Peter, Chip, Eric, Kyle, Austin, and Brian.
enlarge 423KB, 1024x677 131 97kickass102 Heading down to Buck Creek Pass - Helmet Butte and Fortress Mtn. as the backdrops.
Day 7 stats, including day hike: 7.3 miles, 2150' climbed, and 1700' dropped.
I didn't get any pictures for the hike out from Buck Cr Pass to Trinity, but here are the stats for Day 8: 10.2 miles, 600' climbed, and 3600' dropped.
Total stats for the trip: 60 miles, 17200' climbed, 17894 dropped.
enlarge 274KB, 1024x687 132 97kickass103s Our last camp - Buck Cr. Pass: Eric, Charlie, Chip, Andrew, Austin, and Brian.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x686 133 97kickass104s Last Camp.