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[TR] Mt. Daniel - Daniel and Lynch Glaciers 07/06/2020

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Trip: Mt. Daniel - Daniel and Lynch Glaciers

Trip Date: 07/06/2020

Trip Report:

I had a great couple of days out in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness with my skis, getting about 3800' skiing, a new summit, blue skies, and lots of peace and quiet.

Scatter Creek was still flowing enough that I didn't want to see if my Civic could drown/be swept away. So I started my Sunday by walking the road for three miles, to the Cathedral Pass trailhead. The views started early.

Cathedral Rock and some of Daniel behind, from the road!

I couldn't really start skinning until about ten minutes from Cathedral Pass. Ah well... the views from the west side of the pass were incredible, down into Deep Lake.

Deep Lake

Wow, what a beautiful basin! I skinned up the boot track to 7000' and peeked over at views of Rainier and the Chimney Rock group, then got some pretty fun turns down to my camp near Peggy's Pond at 5500'. 


Pretty good view from where I set up camp...

Cathedral Rock and STU!

The next morning I went up and over and down and up and down and up the summit of Daniel.


More carrying...


So dang nice!


Hinman. I'll be back for you earlier in the year, next year...

and then skiied the Lynch Glacier -- super fun, great snow, not a soul anywhere all day. It was a sea of clouds to the north of Daniel, and I could barely see Baker and Glacier out there. The top of Forbidden was poking out, too. 


Oh yes, this will be excellent...


Pea Soup Lake under the cloud layer

Skiing the Daniel "glacier" (is there actually a glacier here?) had less than awesome snow, as expected, but it wasn't sticky, so..good enough! Beautiful, beautiful...


About the slay the slush 


A soul-satisfying time.

Gear Notes:
I brought whippet, light axe, light pons, and ski pons. Definite overkill...

Approach Notes:
Up and over and down and up and down and up!
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Boy, that is melting out pretty fast.  Didn't get to ski it this year.  Looks fun though


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Nice!  Daniel is a tricky one to get without a snowmobile early in the season or carrying your skis a looong way later in the season.  Looks like a stellar trip!

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