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Cashmere Mountain 8,501'from the ridge above Windy Pass!

Cashmere Mountain 8,801'!

June 16/17, 2001




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Doerte running the ridge from Windy Pass, 7,200'. Mount Stuart is on the left!



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Doerte making good use of her ice axe heading up an icey snowfield below the summit!



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Mike on the summit of Cashmere Mountain 8,501'! Some clouds are building.


The Eight Mile Trailhead is located a mile below the Stuart Lake Trailhead on the Eight Mile Road. A very popular hike for dayhikers and families is to go to Eight-Mile Lake. We were shocked to see one couple taking their dog despite two "No Dogs Allowed" signs. Doerte and I reached our junction at Little Eight-Mile Lake, and followed the rough trail up through the flowers, weeds, and grasses of the burned area to Lake Caroline at about 6,190’. The lake was 5.5 miles from the trailhead.

Lake Caroline looked very beautiful, setting in a little basin among nice meadows and pines. We set up camp on the north side of the lake and spent the afternoon resting and being entertained by two nearby marmots. I took a walk up past Little Caroline Lake to the Horse Camp to see how it would be in the morning. The trail was mostly clear but still had several patches of snow in the trees. I saw some Brooke Trout in Pioneer Creek feeding at a little rapid. They were also jumping in the lake at sunset.

We awoke a 4 a.m. to first light, a blazing quarter moon, and Venus, all rising together in the east! We were off by 6 and heading for Windy Pass 2.5 miles off. Around 7,000’ we lost the trail in the snow, and headed straight up toward the pass at 7,200’.

The view was incredible! Instead of heading down the trail toward Trout Creek and the Icicle Creek Road, we turned north and east and worked our way along the ridge toward Cashmere Mountain. It was great fun running the ridge for more than a mile, with incredible views in every direction and Cashmere slowly getting closer.

Finally we reached the last saddle before the mountain. We headed up a bit on a climber’s trail and then turned to contour around to the West ridge. We had to cross numerous steep snowfields with a few inches of recent snow on top of the old stuff. They were solid ice so we cut steps for a while, and then gave up and put on the crampons. I really hadn’t thought we would need them, but we did.

Finally reaching the West Ridge, I headed up the steep snow, and Doerte climbed the rock on the ridge, until we met below the summit block. I climbed up it to make sure there wasn’t anything still higher, and boy was I relieved to see nothing higher than the Stuart Range and the likes of Dragontail and Colchuck and Stuart.

The summit block was not difficult to climb, but small. Doerte and I both enjoyed nice seats on the top, at 8,501’. We saw from the new register placed by a large group of Mountaineers on Memorial Day that no one had summited for a week. We hadn’t seen anyone since Little Eight-Mile Lake yesterday! This was the first time we had a wilderness seemingly all to ourselves!

The trip down was a little easier, but we still used our crampons to cross the steep snow. I was surprised that it never softened up. From near the saddle we took a more direct route down toward Pioneer Creek and then cut over to the trail. Back at camp we had hot soup as we packed up to head down. The marmots were nowhere to be found.

We arrived back at the truck at 5:30 p.m. for an 11.5-hour day from camp to car. For the first time this year we hadn’t used our Gore-Tex jackets so it must finally be summer. Cashmere is a big mountain, with a long approach.


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