It seemed like today was the last of the weather window and luckily I was able to use a vacation day to venture out with Dave to experience some of my favorite views in the North Cascades. After my trip here in September it was obvious a winter outing would be in order.
The snow was in perfect shape: no snowshoes needed, nice and firm for walking and kicking steps on any steeper sections. It felt hard to call it winter though when you're in short sleeves at 6500' in January.
I guess it should be expected on a weekday in winter, but we had the whole mountain/ridge to ourselves, which was a real treat.
|Opening up on the very southern end of Stetattle|
|Stetattle Ridge (r), Luna, Elephant Butte, Fury, southern Pickets, Davis|
|Dave with Colonial, Primus group, Logan, Thunder Creek Valley, Buckner, Red and Ruby|
|Jack and Crater, which Dave and I ran around during the Devils Dome loop|
|Central Stetattle Ridge|
|Chilliwack group: Redoubt, Mox Peaks, Spickard|
|McMillan Spires, Inspiration, Degenhardt and Azure Lake|
|Done by 2:30pm!|