Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mt Maude

I had a great labor day dude-weekend in Leavenworth this year.  Friday and Saturday were spent in the woods celebrating my good friend Chris' last days as a bachelor.  He and Courtenay are tying the knot and I wish them the best!

Sunday was spent mountain biking Chickamin Ridge with friends and Monday was spent climbing Mt Maude with Loren.  The climb was really more of a hard 16 mile hike with some scrambling to the 9082 foot summit.  Mt Maude is one of the highest non-volcanic peaks in Washington and is located in between Glacier Peak and Lake Chelan in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.  I was originally planning to do this one solo, but was able to recruit some company after talking Loren into it.

9100ft Seven Fingered Jack (left) and our ridgeline route up Maude (right).

Loren and I in the Leroy Creek Basin below Seven Fingered Jack.

A marmot catching some morning rays.

Loren crossing an enormous avalanche gully with Glacier Peak coming into view.

Chiwawa Mountain (left) and Glacier Peak (right).

Looking down at Ice Lake.  Notice the red tent (left) for scale.

Our route followed the snow field and then the ridge to the summit.

Looking back down the summit ridge with the Chiwawa River Valley in the distance.

Some scrambling near the summit.

Magnificent 10,541 foot Glacier Peak.

Summit of Maude. 

Headwaters of the Entiat River.

Descending off the ridge.

Meandering trail through porous lavarock and ash.

Old strange log. 

Larch trees before their full glory.

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