Kickass III - August 2012
Day 1: Phelps Cr to Spider Meadow
Day 2: Spider Meadow to Lyman Lake
Day 3: Lyman Lake to Image Lake
Day 4: Image Lake to Miner's Creek
Day 5: Miner's Creek to Buck Creek Basin
Day 6: Buck Cr Basin to Massie Lake
Day 7: Massie Lake to Trinity
Heading Down Snowfield to Lyman Basin
Attendees: Bill Mooseker, Fred Stong, Mike Stong, Shelby Stong, Jill Stong, Roger Shively, Danny Stallings.
This photo album documents a week long backpacking trip by the Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers in August 2012. In fact it was basically this hike in 1997 that put the "Kickass" in our name, when Bill Peckinpaugh made the observation that this hike "really kicks your ass!". The 1997 hike was thereafter known as Kickass I.
Originally we had planned to do a trip in the Pasayten, but time constraints and accomodating travel plans ruled that out. This is the fourth time that I've done most of this route (1980, 1983, 1997) and as I've reached the age (69) where I realize that it is the last time, which is kind of sad as this is probably one of the most challenging and scenic trips around.
Normally I've started this route by following the Carne Mountain/ Leroy Creek High Route, but that would have required another night on the trail, and we didn't have that available. Instead we just hiked directly to Spider Meadow (one of my favorite camps) rather than arriving there on the third night. From there the route goes over Spider Gap down to Lyman Lake; from Lyman Lake to Image Lake; Image Lake to Buck Creek Pass;and, finally, retracing the Massie Lake High Route in reverse from our 2001 Kickass II hike, before returning to Trinity via the Chiwawa Basin Trail.
Our group for the trip: Cascade Bill (Me), Fred Stong, Mike Stong, Shelby Stong, Jill Stong, Roger Shively, Natasha Shively, Danny Stallings, and Penny (Shelby and Jill's dog).
Included in the album are photos by Roger and Natasha (file names ending in "r"); Jill and Shelby (file names ending in "j");and, Mike Stong (file names ending in "m"). Note that Jill's and Mike's photos were copied from their Facebook albums and are fairly low resolution.
Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker
Date(s): 08/26/12-09/01/12. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 219 of 219 Total. 975 Visits.
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enlarge 446KB, 791x1024 2 day1-1 Route of our First day of Hiking. View at "Original Size" for best detail.
enlarge 456KB, 791x1024 3 day1-2 Continuation of our first day on the trail. View at "Original Size" for best detail.
enlarge 49KB, 723x1024 4 Menu2.pdf Menus for our trip.
enlarge 383KB, 1024x768 5 ka2012-001 Danny waiting at the Phelps Creek (Spider Mdw) Trailhead.
enlarge 465KB, 1024x768 6 ka2012-002 Roger and Natasha ready to head out. It was quite a logistical job to get everyone together. Danny and I came in my old Corolla, having met Roger and Natasha in Monroe. Roger and I shuttled the cars, leaving Roger's at Trinity. We left half the food/gear in the Corolla for the Stongs who would arrive much later.
enlarge 309KB, 768x1024 7 ka2012-0021m Jill, Shelby, and Penny at the Phelps Creek Trailhead - Shelby and Jill drove down to SeaTac to pick up Fred who flew in from Arizona. Mike drove from Kenniwick and met the rest of the Stongs at the 59'er Diner. You can see my Corolla to the right.
enlarge 391KB, 1024x768 8 ka2012-003 A little past Leroy Creek, the forest opens up and the trail passes through this lovely meadow.
enlarge 240KB, 1024x768 9 ka2012-0031r Natasha at Spider Meadow.
enlarge 230KB, 1024x768 10 ka2012-0032r Roger at Spider Meadow.
enlarge 231KB, 1152x648 11 ka2012-0033r After starting out with blue skies and sun, high clouds gradually blotted out the sun. This view from lower Spider Meadow, just past where the trail emerges from the forest.
enlarge 363KB, 1152x648 12 ka2012-0034r Trail leading to campsites on the west side of Spider Meadow.
enlarge 195KB, 1152x649 13 ka2012-0034m Camp at Spider Meadow - Danny, Fred, Bill, Roger. Natasha and Jill are seated.
enlarge 67.47MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 14 ka001.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Shelby preparing dinner for our first night's camp - The Dragonfly stoves are really humming.
enlarge 505KB, 791x1024 15 day2-1 Day 2: Camp 1 at Spider Meadow to Spider Gap. View at "Original Size" for maximum detail.
enlarge 271KB, 1024x768 16 ka2012-0035r Day 2: View from our camp in the morning.
enlarge 307KB, 1024x768 17 ka2012-0036r The morning sun has not quite reached our camp yet.
enlarge 267KB, 1024x768 18 ka2012-0039r View looking north from our camp.
enlarge 418KB, 1024x768 19 ka2012-00310r Danny, Mike, and Fred camped across the trail from us.
enlarge 387KB, 1024x768 20 ka2012-00311r Jill and Shelby getting ready.
enlarge 329KB, 1024x768 21 ka2012-00313r Getting Penny ready to carry her share of the load.
enlarge 324KB, 768x1024 22 ka2012-00314r Shelby and the "Pink Flamingo". It was originally introduced on our Beartooth's hike in 2003, and has accompanied us on many of our hikes since.
enlarge 209KB, 1024x768 23 ka2012-00315r Jill and Natasha atop large boulder at our camp.
enlarge 421KB, 1024x768 25 ka2012-005 Bill leaving Spider Meadow. (compare to photo from October 1982, when there were no gray hairs in my beard): Click Here
enlarge 397KB, 1024x768 26 ka2012-006 Approaching the upper end of Spider Meadow. The trail to Spider Gap closely follows the Rock face above the trees.
enlarge 257KB, 1024x768 27 ka2012-0061r Natasha - looking back down Spider Meadow. The False Helebore dominates this portion of the meadow.
enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 28 ka2012-0062r Climbing up the old miners' trail, we get this view of Spider Meadow below us. If you enlarge the photo to original size, you can see out first night's campsite at the edge of the meadow next to the forest (Look for the big rock).
enlarge 390KB, 768x1024 29 ka2012-0063r The miners' trail - a lot of steep switchbacks.
enlarge 368KB, 1024x768 30 ka2012-0064r Looking back at Spider Meadow - Bill, Jill, and Natasha emerging from the brush to climb the switchbacks.
enlarge 188KB, 577x1024 31 ka2012-0064m Fred - on climb up to the Spider Glacier.
enlarge 430KB, 1024x768 32 ka2012-007 Roger and Natasha going around the hill for the final ascent to the foot of the Spider "Glacier".
enlarge 40.27MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 33 ka002.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Penny, Natasha, and Roger head out onto the Spider "Glacier" (Really just a snowfield).
enlarge 424KB, 1024x768 34 ka2012-008 Out onto the snowfield - there is a trail that takes you near the top, but I think that going up the snow is a little easier. One year (1994) the snowfield was really pockmarked and unsuitable for travel, so we took the trail.
enlarge 313KB, 1024x768 35 ka2012-009 Heading up the Snowfield - Fred ahead. The snow is steep in places, and sometimes you slide back aways after taking a step.
enlarge 251KB, 1024x768 36 ka2012-010 Fred, Jill, Shelby, Natasha, and Roger (in front), going up the snowfield.
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enlarge 220KB, 768x1024 38 ka2012-0111r Looking back, Natasha, Shelby, Jill, Fred and me (way back near the start of the snowfield.)
enlarge 211KB, 768x1024 39 ka2012-0112r Another view - you can see that the snowfield makes a bend after the beginning.
enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 40 ka2012-012 Bill heading up the snowfield (Fred took the picture).
enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 41 ka2012-013 Bill on the snowfield - at about the center of the first bend. You can see that the snow was in good shape for climbing - soft, but not too soft.
enlarge 195KB, 1024x768 42 ka2012-014 I've made it around the bend and am looking up the snowfield - the others are making much better time than I am. You can see that the climb is very steep.
enlarge 205KB, 1024x768 43 ka2012-015 Getting closer to the false summit - you can see Fred's silhouette (and yellow bag) against the blue sky at the center of the photo. You can measure my progress, by comparing the previous photo.
enlarge 139KB, 1152x649 44 ka2012-0204m I think this photo was taken about the same time as my previous photo showing Fred at the false summit - Mike and Danny are already on top. Shelby and Jill, followed by Roger and Natasha, with Fred bringing up the rear. Boy was I slow.
enlarge 178KB, 1024x768 45 ka2012-016 Danny, bless his heart, coming down to get my pack and carry it to the top. You still can't see the Gap from here.
enlarge 243KB, 1024x768 46 ka2012-017 Danny with my pack. He also brought me two sections of cantaloupe he had carried - quite a treat.
enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 47 ka2012-018 Danny.
enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 48 ka2012-019 Past the false summit, the slope lessens a bit and it is a little easier going.
enlarge 201KB, 1024x768 49 ka2012-020 Danny, coming up the last part.
enlarge 262KB, 1024x768 50 ka2012-0201r A cairn at the top.
enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 51 ka2012-0202r Looking over to the other side of the Gap you see a trail heading up. This trail leads to the old "mine".
enlarge 250KB, 1024x768 53 ka2012-0204r Looking back down from the Gap. There seemed to be a lot less snow than there was in 1997 Look at the rocks at the left of the photo to compare.
enlarge 272KB, 768x1024 54 ka2012-0205r Taking a break at the top - Fred, Danny, Jill, and Mike.
enlarge 469KB, 791x1024 55 day2-2 Map from Spider Gap to Camp 2 at Lyman Lake. View at "Original Size" for best detail.
enlarge 292KB, 1024x768 56 ka2012-021 Our first glimpse of Lyman Basin. We've still got a long way to go before we get to our camp.
enlarge 72.79MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 57 ka003.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Roger and Natasha hiking down to the snowfield above Lyman Basin.
enlarge 289KB, 1024x768 58 ka2012-022 Looking down the snowfield on the Lyman side of Spider Gap. You go down this snowfield as far as it goes.
enlarge 260KB, 1024x768 59 ka2012-023 Fred and Mike on the snowfield.
enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 60 ka2012-024 Our group makes its way down the snowfield.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 61 ka2012-025 Another view - What's left of the Lyman Glacier is at the left of the photo.
enlarge 291KB, 1024x768 62 ka2012-026 At the end of the snowfield you have to make your way down a steep talus slope.
enlarge 385KB, 1024x768 63 ka2012-027 An Alpine Fireweed I saw on my way down.
enlarge 337KB, 1024x768 64 ka2012-028 Remnant of the Lyman Glacier - In 1980, the front of the glacier was a massive wall extending as far as the ice covered snow does on the lake. Back then it was a really impressive sight. (Will add link to older photos when I have scanned them in).
enlarge 373KB, 1024x768 65 ka2012-029 If you look closely you can see Mike making his way down the rocky slope.
enlarge 311KB, 1024x768 66 ka2012-030 Looking back on the glacier - a shadow of it's former self - 1997
enlarge 301KB, 1024x768 67 ka2012-03001r As you make your way down through the rocks, there are various cairns supposedly guiding the way. Shelby followed one down and ended up rolling down a steep slope. A better way is to bear to the right at the end of the snowfield and make your way down to the stream flowing from the snowfield.
enlarge 350KB, 1024x768 68 ka2012-03003r Can you find the Cairn? I had a bad fall in this area and really skinned my shin.
enlarge 347KB, 1024x768 69 ka2012-03004r Penny - even hard for a four legged hiker.
enlarge 478KB, 1024x768 73 ka2012-03008r There's the cairn.
enlarge 302KB, 1024x768 74 ka2012-03013r Finally you get down to the valley floor and a bootworn path appears to guide your way.
enlarge 150KB, 1024x768 75 ka2012-03016r Roger's photo of the sun through the clouds.
enlarge 310KB, 768x1024 76 ka2012-03018r Natasha
enlarge 309KB, 1024x768 77 ka2012-031 Looking back you can see the path.
enlarge 288KB, 1024x768 78 ka2012-032 Finally a real trail!
enlarge 315KB, 1024x768 79 ka2012-033 Looking back - Spider Gap at the left.
enlarge 338KB, 1024x768 80 ka2012-034 A small pond along the way - before the descent to Lyman Lake, you climb this small hill. Jill and Mike are at the top of the hill (enlarge to view).
enlarge 316KB, 1024x768 81 ka2012-035 From the top we get our first view of Lyman Lake.
enlarge 389KB, 1024x768 82 ka2012-036 Cloudy Pass and Cloudy Peak to the left and right above Lyman Lake.
enlarge 53.84MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 83 ka004.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Jill and Mike appear on the trail at the left as the camera pans past Cloudy Peak on to the impressive Bonanza Peak.
enlarge 29.68MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 84 ka005.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Cloudy Peak and Bonanza Peak- you can see Shelby on the trail. He came back up from the lake to get my pack. At the end of the day I was exhausted and went right to bed (Roger put up my tent) without eating supper.
enlarge 384KB, 1024x662 85 day3-1 Map from Camp 2 at Lyman Lake to Glacier Peak Mines on the Miner's Ridge Trail. View at "Original Size" for best detail.
enlarge 361KB, 1024x768 86 ka2012-037 Day 3: Getting ready to leave in the morning. We stayed at a camp near the outlet of Lyman Lake.
enlarge 401KB, 1024x768 87 ka2012-038 Mike and Penny ready to go.
enlarge 220KB, 1024x768 88 ka2012-039 The weather had changed - it was cloudy and cool as this photo of Lyman Lake shows.
enlarge 439KB, 1024x768 89 ka2012-040 Railroad Creek flowing out of Lyman Lake.
enlarge 478KB, 1024x768 90 ka2012-041 A little stream along the way up to Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 154KB, 768x1024 91 ka2012-0410j Taking a Break - Fred, Mike, and Shelby.
enlarge 222KB, 1024x768 92 ka2012-0412j Shelby, Jill, and Penny
enlarge 189KB, 1024x768 93 ka2012-0411r Roger and Natasha - taking a break below Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 243KB, 1024x768 94 ka2012-0412r Jill
enlarge 44.54MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 95 ka006.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View We took a break where the trail breaks out of the forest below Cloudy Pass. We didn't want to break at the pass as we thought it would be windy and cold.
enlarge 242KB, 1024x768 96 ka2012-0413r View of the meadows below Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 298KB, 1024x768 97 ka2012-0414r Flowers abound even in late August.
enlarge 364KB, 1024x768 99 ka2012-042 Mike striding out.
enlarge 272KB, 1024x768 100 ka2012-043 Looking back towards Spider Gap and the Lyman Glacier (telephoto view). You can see the snowfield and the talus covered slope you have to come down.
enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 101 ka2012-044 Normal view.
enlarge 248KB, 1024x768 102 ka2012-045 Looking to the left of the previous photo - view is down Railroad Creek across to Dumbbell Mtn.
enlarge 268KB, 1024x768 103 ka2012-046 Shelby & Jill - almost to the top of Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 49.20MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 104 ka007.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Following Jill and Shelby just before reaching Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 295KB, 1024x768 105 ka2012-047 Cascade Bill at Cloudy Pass - this is listed as one of the 5 best views in the Cascades.
enlarge 284KB, 1024x768 106 ka2012-048 Cloudy Pass lived up to it's name today. You can see Lyman Lake below.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 107 ka2012-049 View from Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 146KB, 1024x768 108 ka2012-049j Jill and Natasha at Cloudy Pass.
enlarge 358KB, 1024x768 109 ka2012-050 Jill, Natasha, and Roger going over Cloudy Pass and beginning the descent.
enlarge 292KB, 1024x768 110 ka2012-051 Fred and Mike heading down towards Suiattle Pass - Plummer Mtn in the background.
enlarge 311KB, 1024x768 111 ka2012-052 Fred communing with nature looking down Agnes Creek.
enlarge 427KB, 768x1024 112 ka2012-053 Field of Lupine set among alpine firs on the way down.
enlarge 399KB, 1024x768 113 ka2012-054 Taking the "Hiker's Alternate" to Suiattle Pass. This sketchy route saves about 400 feet of descent and then 400 feet of climbing.
enlarge 279KB, 768x1024 114 ka2012-055 You can see the group ahead along the "Hiker's Alternate" - I'm going slow along this stretch. We took a break at Suiattle Pass (low point on the horizon) for lunch.
enlarge 251KB, 1024x768 115 ka2012-056 Looking down Agnes Creek from the Hiker's Alternate. You can see the main trail as it crosses the meadow to the left of center below.
enlarge 378KB, 1024x662 116 day3-2 Day 3: Map from Suiattle Pass to Camp 3 at Image Lake. Day 4: Map from Image Lake to Camp 4 at Miner's Creek. View at "Original Size" for best detail.
enlarge 203KB, 1024x768 117 ka2012-0561r The "Hiker's Alternate" connects to the main Cascade Crest trail, which we follow down to the Miner's Ridge Trail. We headed out the trail to Image Lake along Miner's Ridge. Here, shrouded in clouds is Glacier Peak (to the right). Note the "foggy" area to the left of Glacier Peak. We saw this again when we hiked over to Buck Cr. Pass. Don't know whether it's dust, fog, or smoke.
enlarge 409KB, 1024x768 118 ka2012-0562r Lupine, Paintbrush, and Bistort are plentiful in the meadows along Miner's Ridge.
enlarge 345KB, 1024x768 119 ka2012-0563r More meadow flowers.
enlarge 274KB, 1024x768 120 ka2012-0564r Penny - looking back along the Miner's Ridge trail toward Plummer Mtn.
enlarge 356KB, 1024x768 121 ka2012-057 Day 4 - During the night, we had a heavy rain and we woke up to a damp and cold camp. Here we are getting ready to head out.
enlarge 394KB, 1024x768 122 ka2012-058 Penny and Flamingo - Ready to Hit the Trail!
enlarge 184KB, 1152x649 123 ka2012-0564m As far as amenities go, this trip featured Kybo's at Spider Meadow, Lyman Lake and this one at the Image Lake Camp area. When there are no clouds, this "Kybo" has the best view of any other Kybo in the cascades as you can sit on the throne and contemplate Glacier Peak just across the valley.
enlarge 150KB, 1024x768 124 ka2012-0564j Image Lake - There would be no reflected image of Glacier Peak today.
enlarge 220KB, 1024x768 125 ka2012-059 Despite the gloom, there were a few patches of blue sky now and then. This one gives a peek-a-boo view of Glacier Peak. We didn't get a chance to see the reflected view of Glacier Peak in Image Lake this trip, which is also supposed to be one of the 5 best views in the Cascades.
enlarge 201KB, 1024x768 126 ka2012-060 Another shot.
enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 127 ka2012-061 Image Lake is behind that small hill - you can see the trail heading down to the Image Lake camp area.
enlarge 324KB, 1024x768 128 ka2012-062 Penny and Jill have just about caught up with me above Image Lake.
enlarge 251KB, 1024x768 129 ka2012-063 Jill
enlarge 635KB, 1024x768 130 ka2012-064 Meadow flowers on Miner's Ridge.
enlarge 493KB, 1024x768 131 ka2012-065 Another shot.
enlarge 577KB, 1024x768 132 ka2012-066 Paintbrush - vivid red compared to the usual washed out red that is more common.
enlarge 344KB, 1024x768 133 ka2012-067 We sighted a bear just above the timberline below (black dot). We didn't feel threatened, but Shelby had a face to face encounter with it sometime later when he was on the trail.
enlarge 303KB, 1024x768 134 ka2012-068 Telephoto view (digitally enhanced) of the bear. It definitely knew we were there.
enlarge 36.86MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 135 ka008.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Jill heading back along Miner's Ridge.
enlarge 292KB, 1024x768 136 ka2012-069 Looking back towards Plummer Mtn.
enlarge 365KB, 1024x768 137 ka2012-070 Snowfield just below Lady Camp (Greg & I camped here in 1980) - it is the horse camp for Image Lake.
enlarge 38.74MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 138 ka009.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Fred crossing stream along the Miner's Ridge Trail.
enlarge 469KB, 1024x768 139 ka2012-071 Fred.
enlarge 387KB, 1024x768 140 ka2012-072 Bill - looking across to Fortress Mtn.
enlarge 397KB, 768x1024 141 ka2012-073 Bill - I remember this stream from our 1997 Kickass I trip. Steve and Charlie were adamant about filtering their water at the beginning of the trip. I told them that where there was little risk if there was nobody camping in the basin, they religiously pumped their water in the morning. Then on the 6th day, I came around the bend to this stream and saw them filling their water bottles directly from the creek. (Note no one got sick after the trip, or on any of our trips).
enlarge 419KB, 1024x768 142 ka2012-074 We stopped for lunch near the junction with the Crest trail. While we were there we saw four more bears high on Plummer Mtn.
enlarge 498KB, 1024x768 143 ka2012-078 Near our lunch spot, there is an old cabin in the meadow (you can see it on the Topo map). Shelby, Natasha, and Roger check it out.
enlarge 509KB, 1024x768 144 ka2012-079 Shelby found a pair of old iron bedsteads, which he was contemplating carrying out (we convinced him that that was a bad idea.) Shelby also found a 1950's era Army stretcher and also had to be dissuaded from carrying it out.
enlarge 292KB, 1024x768 145 ka2012-075 Inside the cabin - an old coleman stove and other junk.
enlarge 319KB, 1024x768 146 ka2012-076 Bunk beds - of newer vintage than Shelby's bedsteads.
enlarge 376KB, 1024x768 147 ka2012-077 More junk. (doesn't the Forest Service believe in it's motto: "Pack it Out").
enlarge 217KB, 1024x768 148 ka2012-080 Heading down the Cascade Crest Trail we take a photo break looking down Miner's Creek.
enlarge 258KB, 1024x768 149 ka2012-081 Bill - The Cascade Crest Trail originally climbed up the ridge to Image Lake and then along Miner's Ridge to Suiattle Pass. This section bypassing Image Lake passes through non scenic Suiattle Pass and the views along Miner's Ridge. Most Crest trail travelers miss both of the best views at Cloudy Pass and Image Lake and just valley pound up Miner's Creek and then down Agnes Creek. Shame on them.
enlarge 290KB, 768x1024 150 ka2012-082 We found this creeper along the trail. Don't know what it is.
enlarge 390KB, 1024x768 151 ka2012-083 Another view.
enlarge 99.57MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 152 ka010.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Our original plan was to hike back up the Buck Creek Pass trail and camp at Sheep Camp along the ridge, but we decided to forgo the long climb and camp where the Crest trail crosses Miner's creek. Here Shelby and Roger are preparing our big dinner, Chili. Originally we just added sausage and cheese. Now there are onions, garlic, garnishes, etc. for quite a gourmet meal. Just after dark, two through hikers (Mexico to Canada) stopped to camp - they had been 165 days on the trail.
enlarge 386KB, 662x1024 153 day5-1 Day 5: Map from Camp 4 to Miner's Creek to Camp 5 at Upper Buck Cr Basin. View at "Original Size" for best detail.
enlarge 254KB, 1152x649 154 ka2012-083m Day 5: Bill and Fred - After a short hike down the Crest trail from our camp we come to the junction with the Buck Creek Pass Trail to begin the steep climb up to the top of Middle Ridge.
enlarge 329KB, 1024x768 155 ka2012-084 Climbing up the Buck Creek Pass trail after climbing through forest, we finally break out into meadows. From the meadows you can look back across to Miner's Ridge and Plummer Mtn. As you can see the weather was great - not a cloud in the sky, quite a change from the previous day.
enlarge 69.14MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 156 ka011.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Gurgling brook in the meadows along the Buck Cr Pass Trail opposite Miner's Ridge.
enlarge 327KB, 1024x768 157 ka2012-085 Looking back down the trail.
enlarge 342KB, 1024x768 158 ka2012-0851r View along the trail
enlarge 347KB, 768x1024 159 ka2012-0852r Jill
enlarge 287KB, 768x1024 160 ka2012-0854r Natasha.
enlarge 324KB, 1024x768 161 ka2012-086 Near the top - looking back towards Miner's Ridge.
enlarge 273KB, 1024x768 162 ka2012-087 The end of Miner's Ridge and Western Peaks of the Cascade's beyond.
enlarge 32.52MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 163 ka012.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View After a stiff climb we reached the top of Middle Ridge, where we took a well earned break.
enlarge 110.15MB, 1024x682 Download MPEG4 164 ka013.mp4 VIDEO: Click on Thumbnail to View Fred discussing a range of topics from the Troop Gliders in WWII to the Space Shuttle (Why we love him!).
enlarge 276KB, 1024x768 165 ka2012-0871r After climbing to the top of Middle Ridge (to the right), we drop way down (about 1100') to Smalls Creek (shown below). Then its another climb up to Buck Cr Pass. Here the trail switchbacks up the side of a steep and hot avalanche slope. (I fired Buckwheat as the pace setter here in 1997 for going too fast).
enlarge 262KB, 768x1024 166 ka2012-0873r Roger on his way up the trail - getting a drag on his Camelback.
enlarge 199KB, 1024x768 167 ka2012-0875r After climbing out of Smalls Creek we hit the ridge leading to Flower Dome and get the first view of Glacier Peak.
enlarge 210KB, 1024x768 168 ka2012-0876r Ahead we can see Buck Creek Pass and the distinctive Liberty Cap. If you enlarge the picture, you can see the trail to High Pass switchbacking up Liberty Cap.
enlarge 308KB, 1024x768 169 ka2012-0877r Looking down towards the vast Suiattle Valley on the back side of Glacier Peak.
enlarge 234KB, 1024x768 171 ka2012-089 More and more of Glacier Peak becomes visible from behind Flower Dome (hill at the right).
enlarge 174KB, 1024x768 172 ka2012-090 Another view - Enlarge picture to "Original Size" and look at the "fuzzy" area just to the left of Flower Dome. Wonder if it is caused by smoke? This was the same area that we saw this from Miner's Ridge.
enlarge 356KB, 1024x768 173 ka2012-091 Mike came back and got this photo for me.
enlarge 397KB, 1024x768 174 ka2012-092 Cascade Bill - Flower Dome beyond.
enlarge 474KB, 1024x768 175 ka2012-093 We took a short break at Buck Cr Pass before heading back down the Buck Cr Trail.
enlarge 350KB, 1024x768 177 ka2012-0932r Following the trail down from Buck Creek Pass, we camped in the basin below Pass No Pass. Our camp was pretty cramped, but we found room for all our tents.
enlarge 448KB, 768x1024 178 ka2012-0933r Shelby rebuilding the fire ring.
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enlarge 401KB, 768x1024 182 ka2012-0934r Way to go Shelby!
enlarge 183KB, 1152x649 183 ka2012-0937m Roger cooking dinner as Bill watches. You can see that the temperature dips when the sun goes down.
enlarge 409KB, 1024x662 184 day6-1 Day 6: Map from Camp 5 to Camp 6 at Massie Lake along the Massie Lake High Route.
enlarge 466KB, 1024x768 185 ka2012-094 Day 6- Getting ready to leave camp. We'll be taking the Massie Lake High Route over to Massie Lake. You can see Buck Cr Pass and Liberty Cap beyond.
enlarge 382KB, 1024x768 186 ka2012-095 Looking across the valley. If you enlarge to "Original Size", you can see the trail to High Pass as it crosses the steep meadowed slope opposite.
enlarge 232KB, 1024x768 187 ka2012-096 Telephoto view of the ridge opposite. The trail to High Pass is just to the right of the snowfield at the canter of the picture.
enlarge 415KB, 1024x768 188 ka2012-097 Pass No Pass.
enlarge 365KB, 1024x768 189 ka2012-098 There is fairly good trail on this end of the Massie Lake High Route near Pass No Pass.
enlarge 370KB, 1024x768 190 ka2012-099 If you enlarge the photo, you can see Fred, Mike, Penny, and Shelby going along the trail.
enlarge 565KB, 1024x768 191 ka2012-100 I startled a marmot along the trail.
enlarge 443KB, 1024x768 192 ka2012-101 Marmot giving me the eye.
enlarge 282KB, 1024x768 193 ka2012-102 Looking back we get a good view of Glacier Peak framed above Buck Creek Pass between Liberty Cap on the left and Helmet Butte on the right. The trail you see going up to the pass is the Buck Cr. Pass trail.
enlarge 434KB, 1024x768 194 ka2012-103 Looking back towards Pass No Pass - You can see Roger and Natasha if you enlarge the photo.
enlarge 267KB, 1024x768 195 ka2012-104 Another view of Glacier Peak.
enlarge 537KB, 1024x768 196 ka2012-105 After a short while, the trail crosses a meadowed bench. We stayed at this camp site in 2001 as we hiked the high route in the opposite direction (Massie Lake to Buck Cr Pass). Click Here
enlarge 356KB, 1024x768 197 ka2012-106 As we move along the ridge, Glacier Peak disappears behind Liberty Cap.
enlarge 313KB, 1024x768 198 ka2012-107 Another view across the valley.
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enlarge 508KB, 1024x768 200 ka2012-109 Danny - The "trail" disappears in the meadows and some bushwhacking is required.
enlarge 484KB, 1024x768 201 ka2012-110 Scrabbling along in the brush.
enlarge 268KB, 1024x768 202 ka2012-111 Shelby and Fred - We took our lunch break in a small basin with a babbling brook with an outstanding view of Buck Mtn across the valley.
enlarge 259KB, 1024x768 203 ka2012-112 This basin is the one west of the little knob (elev 6082') on the Topo Map.
enlarge 382KB, 1024x768 204 ka2012-113 Getting ready to head out.
enlarge 277KB, 1024x768 205 ka2012-114 Mike.
enlarge 287KB, 1024x768 206 ka2012-115 Fred and Mike.
enlarge 441KB, 1024x768 207 ka2012-116 Climbing up over pass between the ridge and the knob (elev 6082'), we cross another basin. In 2001 this basin was as dry as a bone with no snowfield. There is vague tread leading out of this basin into the meadows beyond the trees above.
enlarge 340KB, 1024x768 208 ka2012-116a If you enlarge this photo, you can see the route up the slope beyond. You go above the fir near the rocks and follow a vague tread to the right. See This from 2001 as we cross the rocks leading to the slope, and This as we head down the steep slope - you can see the knob (elev 6082) and the basin (sans snowfield) below.
enlarge 325KB, 1024x768 209 ka2012-117 As the group goes ahead, I realize that we have to climb up the steep slope to the left that we had come down in 2001 - for route see previous photo.
enlarge 204KB, 1152x649 210 ka2012-117m Coming up the very steep slope - Fred, Natasha, Jill, and me - way down there.
enlarge 310KB, 1024x768 211 ka2012-118 It was a hard steep climb up the slope. This view is from the rocks above the slope. You can see the basin with the snowfield below.
enlarge 416KB, 1024x768 212 ka2012-119 Another View. From here you traverse steep slopes heading east until you hit the ridge that separates the Buck Cr and Chiwawa drainages. Try to stay at about 6500' elevation. We climbed a little high and had to scout along the ridge to find the trail down. When you hit the ridge, head for the "hunchback" rock seen in this Photo which shows our 2001 group taking a break at the spot where the trail hits the ridge.
enlarge 394KB, 662x1024 213 day7-1 Day 7: Camp 6 at Massie Lake to Trinity Parking area. View at "Original Size" for best detail.
enlarge 426KB, 1024x768 214 ka2012-120 Day 7 - Sunrise at Massie Lake. We spent our last night here. I was exhausted when a dragged into camp, and went to bed as soon as got my tent up. The rest of the group, being younger, enjoyed our last night.
enlarge 371KB, 1024x768 215 ka2012-121 Massie Lake is a beautiful spot (even more so when the larches turn in the fall).
enlarge 387KB, 1024x768 216 ka2012-122 Getting ready to leave camp. The so called "trail" down to the Chiwawa drops about 1800' in a little over a mile and it has gotten worse in the 11 years since we've been here. I don't know what's worse - going up or going down. I took one bad fall going down, but was ok.
enlarge 316KB, 1024x768 217 ka2012-123 Death of the Flamingo! R.I.P. (2003-2012)
enlarge 212KB, 1152x649 218 ka2012-124m Penny, Roger, and Natasha ready to cross the Chiwawa after the long steep descent from Massie Lake. Those other guys are heading up to the lake. When Fred and I got here, Fred was able to "shinny" up that log acrosse the stream. I tried it and got stuck, and had to get my feet wet to get off of it. Should have forded the creek in the beginning.
enlarge 197KB, 1152x649 219 ka2012-125m Almost done - at the wilderness boundary near Trinity. Danny, Mike, and Shelby hiked back to meet Fred and I coming out.
After meeting at the 59'r Diner for Burgers and Shakes we all went our separate ways and Kickass 2012 was officially over.