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May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« on: 05/25/15, 12:45 PM »



Ross Freeman skis Lynch Peak above a sea of clouds.


Since scrambling up Lynch Peak (Peak 7280+) last summer, I've daydreamed about skiing the peak. The views are outstanding and the location is in an area with lots of other skiing attractions. "Lynch Peak" is an unofficial name given by peak-baggers for the summit just NE of Pea Soup Lake near Mt Daniel.

On Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend, Ross Freeman and I decided to give it a try. We'd abandoned our multi-day weekend plans due to the "baggy low" parked over the Northwest, but we thought Sunday's weather might be just good enough for a day trip.

Taking a cross-country route out of the Cle Elum River valley, we headed straight for Lynch Peak as west-side clouds were slowly thickening and encroaching on the Cascade Crest. We were glad to climb above the clouds for the views shown in these pictures. We decided to return home by skiing up over Mt Daniel and descending the popular Hyas Creek route to Peggys Pond. From there we hiked the Cathedral Rock trail back to our car.



Panoramic view north from Lynch Peak. The clouds can be seen dissipating over Deception Pass.





Deep marine clouds pour over the Cascade Crest near Chimney Rock.





A black & white rendering of the skiing near the top of Lynch Peak.





Pea soup weather on Pea Soup Lake.





Solar halo during the Lynch Glacier ascent.





Cloud play on the Cascade Crest from the summit of Mt Daniel.

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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #1 on: 05/25/15, 01:27 PM »

Some really nice set of shots there, Lowell!
Way to sneak in a neat looking trip, with gloomy, doomy forecasting keeping most of us sidelined into domestic affairs. Bravo!
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #2 on: 05/25/15, 01:41 PM »

Inspirational! Don't know if you don't...
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #3 on: 05/25/15, 03:50 PM »

Some really nice set of shots there, Lowell!
Way to sneak in a neat looking trip, with gloomy, doomy forecasting keeping most of us sidelined into domestic affairs. Bravo!

Thanks Jeff. We saw your group's entry in the Mt Daniel summit register on May 20. I was surprised that there had been no other entries yet this year.
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #4 on: 05/25/15, 04:32 PM »

Nice work Lowell! Thanks for posting. There's high likelihood I'll be there or on baker or both this coming long weekend for myself.
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #5 on: 05/25/15, 04:51 PM »

Very good timing of a window in that pesky weather we have been having lately.  The clouds must have been fascinating to watch.

I would be interested in more details on the "cross-country route out of the Cle Elum River valley" approach - would you mind to elaborate?  How was snow?
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« Reply #6 on: 05/25/15, 08:33 PM »

...go! 

Agree with the others, nice photography.  Well-played, timed trip.  Also curious to see your route.
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #7 on: 05/25/15, 09:30 PM »

That black and white is my favorite.  Lowell you take great pictures.

Did you drive all the way to the trail head?
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #8 on: 05/26/15, 10:31 AM »

Great TR, route, and photos Smiley!  We were adventuring in the clouds nearby.

Just wanted to add one number (we didn't ski, but the number's been hard to find); skiable snowline on the SE side of Chickamin was ~5200' Sunday/Monday.
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #9 on: 05/26/15, 02:58 PM »

Nice. Looked pretty good over your way from Fortune/Ingalls this weekend.

I would be interested in more details on the "cross-country route out of the Cle Elum River valley" approach - would you mind to elaborate?
Dunno how Lowell went, but there are a couple ways, e.g.,  our descent route a few years ago
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #10 on: 05/26/15, 09:29 PM »

Here is a 13 MB low-quality cell phone panorama taken from Fortune Pk. in the Teanaway at 11:06  on May 24th showing the clouds spilling through the gaps in the Cascade crest.
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Re: May 24, 2015 - Cloud play on Mt Daniel
« Reply #11 on: 05/27/15, 04:44 PM »

Thanks for the inspiring post, Lowell.  That is such a beautiful area to ski that it makes one forget all the dirt-walking involved in getting there.  Were you able to skin much from Squaw Lake to Cathedral Pass?  Below is a nice pano of me and James H. when we were there 3 years ago.  It appears that now TWO people with last-name Freeman have skied Lynch.  Maybe there are more.  I've been thinking that a great trip would be to camp for a few nights at Lynch Draw and ski Lynch, Diptop, Hinman and Daniel.  In a normal snow year I hope it would be a good run from the lake outlet down to the base of Hinman.  Anyone skied that, or Diptop?    We should go sometime.


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