From the east (via West Fork Miller River), Lennox is a fairly-adventurous route: a few miles of old brushy/rocky/creek-y road and then a 3200' grunt in 2.4 miles up Lennox's SE slope to Coney Lake. It's brushy, but never terrible; snow was sloppy but still passable (beware of melting underneath and potential posthole/punching through to waist depth). There are a couple steep gullies en route as well (see slide photo at bottom). We crossed Coney Lake and followed the east ridge up mellow bumps, past a couple small cornices and up to the summit.
Great views up top from a vantage point I'm not used to. Always interesting to see what someone else picks as a route! Bonus: word is Lennox is visible from Seattle.
|Route starting from Miller River Rd; we went left (south) on ascent and took a better, more-direct descent line|
|Quite a bit of the old mining road looks like this...|
|...and this, where it was washed out|
|Starting up Lennox's SE slope|
|Waterfall around 3500'; went left on the way up but came down on the ridge to the right of it in this photo|
|Breaking out of the trees around 4500'|
|Neek at Coney Lake; we crossed and took the east ridge ramp above the trees|
|Coming up the east ridge, looking back at where the above photo was taken; Alpine Lakes Wilderness peaks beyond|
|With Glacier Peak and the Dakobed Range|
|Lennox summit, looking north to the Glacier Peak Wilderness|
|Looking south to Rainier with Kaleetan and I-90 peaks peeking above the clouds|
|Rainier, Alpine Lakes Wilderness peaks, Stuart, Daniel, Hinman, etc.|
|One of the steep gullies: we glissaded and Neek brought down this slushy surface slough in a small slide|