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Vesper Peak - Moderate, 4200'+, 8 mi. RT

Seattle Outdoor Adventurer's Meetup (S.O.A)
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Jun 17 7:00AM - 8:00AM

Let's take advantage of the snow to make for easier travel to another magical place in the North Cascades! The plan is to head up the standard route from the end of Sunrise Mine Rd to Headlee Pass and then up the ESE ridge to the summit. This is a 'moderate' hike but it is expected anyone attending to be in great+ condition and capable of completing a hike with sizeable elevation gain over possibly difficult and/or strenuous terrain.


Info:

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult - extended travel on snow; some steep sections

Length: 8 miles RT

Elevation gain: 4265'

Highest Point: 6214'

Group Pace: Moderate to Fast

Route details and recent trip reports:

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/vesper-peak

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/headlee-pass-and-vesper-lake

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2017-06-12.9191414022

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2017-06-13.4160678042

What to bring:

Ice axe (highly recommended), trekking poles (optional), microspikes (optional but recommended), crampons (optional), sturdy boots, appropriate layers and outerwear for the conditions, 2-3 liters of water, food for the day, sunscreen, bug repellant, 10 essentials

A little about my style, it goes:

1.) Safety

2.) Fun

3.) Summit

It's always in this order and that is non-negotiable. If you are a die-hard summit-bagger, sorry, you're probably better off in a different group. I'm there just to be out in a mountainous environment... while the summit is most likely always the objective, attaining it is merely just a bonus to me. (what better reason to go back, right? ;) )

It is approximately 1.5 hrs from the Ash Way Park and Ride to the trailhead. Boots on the trail by 9am and then back to the Seattle area later that evening/night.

Directions to the Trailhead from Ash Way P&R:


From I-5, take exit 194 for Highway 2 towards Snohomish/Wenatchee. Drive for nearly 2 miles, then take the left exit for WA-204 E towards Lake Stevens for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto WA-9 N and drive for 1.7 miles, then turn right onto WA-92 E. After 1.5 miles on this road, arrive at a traffic circle and take the second exit to stay on WA-92 E.

After nearly 6 miles, arrive at a second traffic circle and take the second exit onto Quarry Road. Proceed through two more traffic circles, always staying on Quarry Road, before arriving at an intersection, where you will turn left onto the Mountain Loop Highway (Hwy 530). Drive for 27.5 miles and then make a right onto Forest Road 4065. Drive about 2.5 miles to the end of this road to the trailhead.

Northwest Forest Pass required.

Thanks in advance for the interest in attending, please be sure to answer the question. Last minute cancellations and no shows are highly frowned upon.

How to find us:Silver Kia Optima (206-276-9485)

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