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May 8~9, 2015, Starry Night on Snow King
« on: 05/10/15, 05:42 PM »

Another long over due place, decided now is better than never.  I did hear about a steep "trail", but didn't know the road is closed at 1200'! Being first timer there, I spend sometime looking for ways to skin around the bumps on the ridge, eventually made it to a nice open camp for star gazing.









Spent an hour looking for a way onto the ridge (right of the Cyclone Lake), but the best way seemed to be by crossing the lake, which I was a bit hesitant.  So went back on the left main ridge, eventually reaching the summit.






Skiing was great, but short.  No I didn't ski off the very summit, that's for more dedicated skiers.




Then back slogging down over bumps, boulders, steep path, old road back to the car.  A gorgeous views and many slopes to ski, though the approach was rather long for short skiing.  I'd plan at least two night next time.  More pics here.
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Re: May 8~9, 2015, Stary Night on Snow King
« Reply #1 on: 05/10/15, 09:20 PM »

Otter Creek and Slide lake via Illabot road is another way to go; starts at 2800'. I think it may get you in quicker...  but I've not gone in via Cascade River.

Great pics as always, nice to see the terrain from the other side.
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Re: May 8~9, 2015, Starry Night on Snow King
« Reply #2 on: 05/12/15, 10:39 AM »

Great Photos!  Myself, and Steven were the two other climbers you saw while skiing back to your camp!  What a great peak!
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Re: May 8~9, 2015, Starry Night on Snow King
« Reply #3 on: 05/12/15, 12:11 PM »

Gorgeous. The pictures make me want to revisit.
My only shot at Snowking was an aborted attempt nearly half a lifetime ago.
I no longer remember what our plan was, but it was apparently a bad plan because there are still some PTSD images of being tangled up in green (slide alder).
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