Photos from this trip can be found here.
Pup and I tackled the highest point of this mountain range two miles northwest of the popular lookout site. Not wanting to go through the lookout to do the ridge traverse, I sought out the alternate route to approach from near Twin Lakes.
Park the vehicle off Road 6300 by the junction just before the gate and started walking toward Twin Lakes Pass. At end of the logging road where it became a trail by the wilderness boundary, we started scrambling southeastward aiming for the abandoned and overgrown road at 3100′. Once on the road, we either walked and ducked under on the left or right edge of the alder swatches depending on the amount of growth.
Just before the creek draining from north basin of Dirtyface Peak, we started heading up the timbered slopes southwestward and crossed another road at 3800′. The slopes were mostly steep, timbered, and with lots of low shrubs to get through. We traversed around Point 5634 at 5500′ and worked our way toward the saddle at the base of Dirtyface’s northwest ridge. This is where mosquitoes finally got out in full force.
The last 600 feet from the saddle we were able to stayed on the ridge and entirely avoided residual snow on the steep north side. A few times we dropped on to the north side to get around the outcrops, but for the most part the rock scramble was quite pleasant.
Big mountains to both the north and and south were mostly capped in clouds, which would dissipate every now and then to snap some decent photos. Both Lake Wenatchee the upper Twin Lake were partially visible due to obstruction of the ridge lines. White and Chiwawa River Valleys looked incredibly beautiful and wide from this perspective.
Mosquitoes were even more relentless on the way back as we traversed around Point 5634, and fought through swarms all the way back to the car.