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David_Parker

(TR) Mt. Townsend 11-29-09

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My son and I climbed Mt Townsend on Sunday. Patches of snow on the trail in the woods and once to the main gulley (all snow)we just basically headed straight up, eschewing the trail. Snow was consolidated with corn layer! Occasional post hole, but otherwise firm. Wish we brought skis! Puget Sound had a double cloud layer with obvious rain shadow from Port Angeles to PT. Mt Rainier only thing visible in Cascades. The butt glissade down was really fun and fast. A few parties of hikers in inappropriate footware didn't get very far past the woods. For a flat top (more of a ridge) summit, the view is still amazing...good bang for the buck!

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Just "uploaded" photos onto cc but have no idea where they went now. They are not in my gallery for some reason! If someone can help me find them I'll post here.

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Nice job. I love that trip--but I never have figured which one of those little humps on the ridge is the true summit. Where do you think the snowline is right now? I'm thinking about Mount Washington and wondering if the 3700' TH is drivable--or at least close.

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Lots of snow in the southern end, as you're probably experiencing right now, I doubt you'll make the lower th of Ellinor (2700')

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Someone drove their Jeep to the Mt Washington trailhead yesterday and headed up the hill, hope they made it. 2009_1222Elli0014.JPG2009_1222Elli0040.JPG

pics are from last friday

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