Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
michaeljosephnozel

Colchuck backcountry permit, or no?

Recommended Posts

Have tentative plans to try Colchuck Balanced Rock on Sunday. If we hike in early, do the climb, hike out that night (without a camp), do we need an Alpine Lakes Wilderness permit? My understanding is that we do not, as long as we do not camp.

 

Also, does anyone have current information on snow conditions (or lack thereof) on approach, route, descent? Your input would be most appreciated, as we are hoping to hoof-it in in tennis shoes, and carry light axes, leaving the boots and crampons at home. Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Permits are required for overnight beginning 6/15 so you are just under the wire. After 6/15 all you need for a day trip is a permit at the trailhead. And as most alpine climbers know, the definition of a "day" gives some latitude in this regard!

 

Some recent threads have discussed trail conditions. I'll bet it is pretty snow free to the lake and then you'll have some snow. Have fun. wave.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did it around june 11th last year. Snow in the approach gully and descent.

 

Made is soooper doooper fast geting down. Would be far less pleasant if no snow.

 

Feel free to extrapolate about how much less snow there is this year.

 

Trip report!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, Matt Anderson, did you need crampons/boots, or were sneakers and a light axe sufficient? We are obviously trying to lighten our loads, and minimize the deadweight we hump up the rock pitches. We do not want to leave behind the crampons, however, if they will be necessary.

 

After your descent (I assume down the south side), did you continue down the Colchuck Glacier, or traverse around to Aasgard?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Balanced rock is across the valley from the glacier so you won't even come near it. From the summit move west towards Mountie creek.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×