Winter ascent to Hidden Lake Lookout and Hidden Lake Summit, North Cascades National Park

Couldn’t ask for more beautiful weather or nicer companions for a winter attempt on the historic Hidden Lake Lookout and summit!

We drove up the Sibley Creek Rd until the snow got too deep.

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The “Winter route” is a steep mofo! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a map a friend sent- to avoid the avalanche danger along the summer route we just followed the shoulder of the mountain straight up to where it intersects with the summer trail around 5800″
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The woods were quite lovely tho, we made slow but steady progress upwards and everyone was in good spirits.

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Heavy climb with skis on my back but myย Gregory Baltoro pack does a good job of distributing the weight. Not the lightest pack out there, but super comfortable and bomb-proof!

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Summer must not be far away – first mosquito of the season.

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Cheryl and Dave are troopers!
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Onwards and upwards! I was happy when I could finally put on my skis!
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What a gorgeous day!!
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First glimpse of the Hidden Lake Lookout perched precariously on the top of that far off peak:
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Took a nice break on a warm rock outcropping near the saddle to soak up the warm sun โ˜€
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Here come Cheryl and Dave!
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It was such a beautiful warm sunny day that I ended up losing some layers and working on my tan!

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Here’s Dave making a concerted effort to ignore my sexiness ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Big smiles with some great friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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The final obstacle, a dicey traverse across a steep east-facing bowl below the lookout.

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I went first on skis and Cheryl and Dave followed on snow shoes.

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We made it! Welcome to the Hidden Lake Lookout!

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Feels good to dump the pack, get the boots off and enjoy a hot chocolate and Jim Beam! Cheers!

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Sunset did not disappoint ๐Ÿ™‚

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A final pic of my homies- Cheryl and Dave, before calling it a night-

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OK, I lied, one more pic of the three of us cuddled up in the lookout’s little bed-

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Good night!

ps. some of the pictures in this post belong to Cheryl and Dave. We pooled all of our pictures in a Google Photos folder and I can’t really be arsed to figure out where each pic comes from ๐Ÿ™‚

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