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Kyle M

[TR] Glacier Peak Wilderness - Dakobed Range Circumnavigation 07/13/2019

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Trip: Glacier Peak Wilderness - Dakobed Range Circumnavigation

Trip Date: 07/13/2019

Trip Report:

Did a nice two day solo circumnavigation of the Dakobed Range. Started at the White River TH, went up the Indian Creek Trail (completely overgrown, nearly impossible to follow) and took the PCT to White Pass. Then went into the Whitechuck Basin, over Kololo Peaks, down the Honeycomb Glacier, beneath Tenpeak into the Napeequa Valley. Bivied this pass before tagging Neyah Point in the morning. Took the brushy trail through the Napeequa and up over Boulder Pass and back to the trailhead. It totaled about 50 miles and 12k ft gain.

All but four miles (PCT section) of this route were either off trail or on brushy trail, so the mileage was a little more difficult than one might think. The terrain from Kololo Peaks to the Napeequa was pure magic, some of the most remote, stunning scenery I have ever seen in the Cascades. Nothing about this route is too difficult, but there is substantial low angle glacier travel and a bit of tiring side hilling beneath Tenpeak.



The off trail section of my route.


8 ft tall brush on the Indian Creek "Trail".


Deer near the PCT.


Nearing White Pass.DSC05716.thumb.JPG.90fbca40c867376d4b2b02149b304f90.JPG

Tarn in the Whitechuck Basin.


On the Whitechuck Glacier.DSC05764.thumb.JPG.a6d2b1f57d24df35da13bd782b090ac8.JPG

Honeycomb Glacier.


Honeycomb Lake.


Tenpeak Tarn.


Butterfly Lake and Neyah Point.


My bivy at Butterfly Pass.


Sunset on Glacier peak and Butterfly Lake.


Marine layer flowing over Butterfly Pass into the Napeequa.


Dakobed and Tenpeak from Neyah Point.


Following the stream into the Napeequa.


Cirque of the Butterflies - a truly magical place.


The Napeequa River.


Grassy meadows don't tell the truth... slide alder!


Boulder Basin.

Gear Notes:
Trail runners and poles. You might want crampons, ice axe, helmet, glacier gear depending on conditions and your safety levels.

Approach Notes:
Terrible, terrible bushwachking. The Indian Creek Trail was miserable.
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