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.


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″

The woods were quite lovely tho, we made slow but steady progress upwards and everyone was in good spirits.


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!


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


Cheryl and Dave are troopers!

Onwards and upwards! I was happy when I could finally put on my skis!

What a gorgeous day!!

First glimpse of the Hidden Lake Lookout perched precariously on the top of that far off peak:

Took a nice break on a warm rock outcropping near the saddle to soak up the warm sun โ˜€


Here come Cheryl and Dave!

It was such a beautiful warm sunny day that I ended up losing some layers and working on my tan!


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


Big smiles with some great friends ๐Ÿ™‚


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


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


We made it! Welcome to the Hidden Lake Lookout!


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


Sunset did not disappoint ๐Ÿ™‚

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


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


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™‚

Categories: backcountry, camping, Environment, Inspiration, mountaineering, mountains, National Parks, Outdoors, randonee, ski, washington, winter | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

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