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Kickass II -August 2001
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Kickass II (Glacier Peak Wilderness, WA)
Aug 2001

Day 1- Phelps Cr TH to Phelps Ridge
Day 2- Phelps Ridge High Route to Red Mth Trail
Day 3- Red Mtn Trail to Massie Lake
Day 4- Massie Lake High Route
Day 5- Massie Lake High Route to High Pass/
    Buck Creek Pass
Day 6- Buck Creek Pass to Trinity

Tricky Stretch of the Massie Lake High Route

Troop 24 "The High Adventure Troop" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): August 2001. Album by cascade_bill. Photos by WHM and Andrew. 1 - 104 of 104 Total. 3832 Visits.
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The Phelps Ridge route begins with a ford of Phelps Creek. Andrew and Shelby in foreground.

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Danny and Eric at the Phelps Creek Ford.  A little cool relief before the hot steep climb up the old abandoned sheepdrive over Phelps Ridge.

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Its a long climb to the meadows and the old tread helps keep one on the right track.  This camp  is on the eastern side of Phelps Ridge.  A few thunderclouds prompted Shelby to prepare a shelter for the night.

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Entiat Ridge as seen from our camp on Phelps Ridge.  My new "Lightyear" 1 man tent is in the foreground.

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Andrew and Roger's tent.

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Shelby and Eric preparing dinner

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Getting ready to leave in the morning- Roger, Danny, & Eric.

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Andrew with Carne Mountan in background.

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Leaving camp - Danny and Andrew.

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Andrew & Danny.

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Filling water bottles at stream in upper Phelps ridge meadows- Shelby, Chip, Eric, & Bill (on bank) Roger & Danny in foreground.

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Shelby takes a break - The old tread can be seen just below the rockface above.  It traverses the ridge but is lost in the meadows above.

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Guys heading up to the old tread which follows the green belt up between the darker pines above the rocks.

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Looking back down from the old tread - Bill is beginning the climb below.

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Taking a break at the ridgetop - time out for a game of cards.

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Shelby, Eric, roger the red, Danny, Chip, and Andrew (behind Chip)

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Start of the "Bastard Miles" - descending the western slopes of Phelps Ridge.

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Chip, Eric, Roger, Shelby, Andrew, and Danny  - Following the old tread as long as we can.

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Close up.

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Buck Mountain from Phelps Ridge. - Andrew .  After a long slog through the woods we finally come out into the meadows.

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Close up of Andrew.

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After a series of false trails we finally hook up to the old tread again and are soon just one basin over from the Red Mountain trail (I recognized it from our Sept 1999 trip to Chiwawa Basin).

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Fortress Mountain looms over the Chiwawa valley.  We camped here for the night - a beautiful spot not too disappointed that we hadn't made Massie Lake as Planned (across the valley and many "bastard" miles away.)

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Andrew, Shelby, and Roger hiked up the old Red Mountain trail to find these old mining adits high up on the ridge.

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Shelby inspects the old shaft.

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Shelby and Roger hiking up to the top of the ridge from old mine site.

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Chiwawa Mountain

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Meadows below Red Mountain.

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The Ridgetop is getting closer.

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Roger pondering the route.

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View over the edge - Spider Meadow is in shadow as the sun sets. Seven Fingered Jack and Mt. Maude  crown Entiat Ridge across the valley.

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Far below the foot of the Spider Glacier can be seen.  We've been up that way many times before.

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Andrew on Phelps Ridge above the Spider Glacier - Spider Gap can be seen beyond at the top of the Spider Glacier.

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Close up of Andrew.

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Looking southwest across the Chiwawa valley to Buck Mountain.

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Danny crossing the Chiwawa River.

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Bill's turn over the Chiwawa River.  The footing is tricky.

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Roger and Shelby elect to ford the stream rather than use the logs and branches.

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Close up of Shelby and Roger.  Just beyond the ford the old sheep driveway climbs very steeply up to Massie Lake.

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Bill on his way up the Massie Lake Trail.  Although the trail has been long abandoned, the old tread can still be followed.  It is hard to believe that horses once used to use this trail it is so steep.

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The old tread breaks out of the woods and at  the top of this switchback, a spur trail leads around the shoulder for a quick descent to Massie Lake.

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Danny and Andrew - Almost to the top.

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Rounding the bend, Massie Lake comes into view - Danny and Andrew are almost there.

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Close up showing Andrew and Danny below.

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At sunset, we saw this unusual "cloud" - it was really the smoke from a large fire near Lake Chelan.

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Breaking camp at Massie Lake - This is a very beautiful lake with nice campspots.

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Andrew - ready to move out.

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Chip, Eric, Danny, Roger, Shelby and Andrew - Ready to leave Massie Lake.

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Bill, Eric, Danny, Roger, Shelby, and Andrew.

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Close up of the Kickass Trekkers.

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Danny on Massie Lake High Route above Massie Lake.

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Close up of Danny.

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Bill climbing up to ridge top above Massie Lake - Phelps Ridge is across Valley.

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Breaktime - Chip, Eric, Andrew, Roger & Danny

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Chip and Eric - the vague tread that brought us here peters out in the meadow beyond and we are on our own.  Glacier Peak can be seen behind the trees to the left.

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Andrew and Glacier Peak

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Looking back to Red Mountain and Phelps Ridge.  The old road/trail can be seen traversing the slope.

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Close up of Chiwawa Mountain and Red Mountain.

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Across the way is our route along the western side of Phelps Ridge.  We crossed the ridge at the low point to the right of the photo.

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Buck Mountain across the way.

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Starting out - the tread soon disappears.  We scouted ahead traversing across steep meadows and finally find a way down through the cliffs.

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There appeared to have been some use of this shortcut through the rocks to the meadow beyond.

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A steep descent down the meadow then a traverse to a large basin which was noted as a camp on the Routes and Rocks map had no water this year.  We also pick up the vague tread again as it leaves the basin.

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Buck Mountain slowly slips behind us as we traverse the ridge.

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Andrew and Danny at one of the many basins along the route.  Buck Mountain beyond.

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Bill and Andrew ponder the route.  The vague tread continues.

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Danny traversing Massie Ridge.  The High Pass route goes up the ridge across the valley.

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Cascade Bill taking a break near the end of the days travel. Andrew got quite a laugh at the grizzled prospector look.

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Close up of Bill

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Quiet time in camp along Massie Ridge.

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Hazy sky obscures the view to the east.  We found that the haze was due to fires started by the thunderstorms our first night out.

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Glacier peak from our camp after sunset.

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The tread can be seen traversing the ridge. It dissapears for good when it drops into the meadows below Helmut Butte beyond.

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Danny and Andrew disappear around the bend.

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Andrew, Roger, Danny, Eric, and Shelby - taking a break along trail to High Pass above Buck Creek Pass.  Helmut Butte in background.

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Cascade Bill along trail to High Pass.

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Closeup of Bill

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Danny along Trail to High Pass - the Massie Lake High Route followed the benches of the ridge across the valley.

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Looking across the valley at our route of the day before.

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Massie Lake High Route follows the benches of the ridge across the Buck Creek Valley. Note Seven Fingered Jack and Mount Maude in the hazy distant ridge.

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More of the Massie Lake High Route

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Our camp was in the first small meadow above the forest on the left.

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Andrew along trail to High Pass - this route was constructed to be part of an alternate of the Cascade Crest Trail on the east side of Glacier Peak.  That project was abandoned and the trail dead ends at a pass near Triad Lake.

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Andrew heading up the trail which ends at the saddle above.  The trail is not maintained and there are a couple of spots where you need sure feet and a calm head.

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Looking back along trail - Bill has almost made it to the saddle.

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Andrew above Triad Lake.

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Closeup of Andrew and Triad Lake.

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Guys taking a break at viewpoint above Triad Lake.

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The constructed trail ends at the saddle below, but a crude boot track contrinues up the next hill to High Pass. (Danny and Roger)

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Triad Lake

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Danny, Andrew, Eric, Chip, Shelby, and Roger.

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On our way...

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The old "bootworn" track is very steep.  The guys are near the top of the first section.

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High Pass lies at the head of this snowfield.  We thought we would be able to cross this because of the low snowpack but the snow field blocked our progress and we would have to return to Buck Creek Pass to camp.

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Triad Lake - Danny and the guys went down for a swim.  Brrrr!

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Andrew - Ready to head back to Buck Creek Pass.

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Bill - if only we could get over that snowfield and down the Napeequa. Not this year. (Shelby and Danny below are returning from side trip to Triad Lake)

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Andrew

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Back down the Trail.

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Andrew at camp at Buck Creek Pass.

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Roger getting ready for the hike out to the car.

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Chip putting the tent away for the last time on this hike.

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During the night, the onshore flow brought a sea of clouds in from the west blanketing Buck Creek Pass in fog and mist.  Buck Creek Pass is on the Cascade Crest and on the east side of the pass the fog gives way to sun and clear skies - a most unusual sight.

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Shelby and Roger - ready for the Fatburger at the end of the trail.

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