Mount Thomson East Ridge / 湯姆森山東脊

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I went climbing Mount Thomson with the Mountaineers two years ago. But the snow past Kendall Katwalk kept us from moving efficiently. Then we went as far as Bumblebee Pass and turned around. But I was glad to revisit the mountain.

Mount Thomson over the Middle Fork Snoqualmie
Mount Thomson over Middle Fork Snoqualmie

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Mount Thomson at a Glance

Access: Pacific Crest Trail
Round Trip: 12 miles
Elevation Range: 3000′-6554′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: no

Pacific Crest Trail

I sent out a call for a partner for this trip. But there wasn’t any taker. Since I couldn’t generate interest, I went mid-week instead. This way, I could also avoid the weekend crowds. But most of them would likely go up the west ridge.

The Pacific Crest Trail wasn’t as busy as I had thought. But I met three or four thru-hiking groups on the way up to Kendall Katwalk. It was still impassible when I came checking out snow conditions three months ago.

Pacific Crest Trail Section J
Pacific Crest Trail Section J

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Mount Thomson Summit Plus Views

The standard route is the west ridge. So I went up through the east since I was alone. It turned out to be more of a scramble than a real climb. There was just one 4th class move right below the top. But it felt incredible to stand on top of the mountain I’ve stared at for years.

The mountain was a great vantage point to see the Middle Fork Snoqualmie. It was also thrilling to see the places I had visited. There was also the view of the Stone Kingdom. But Mount Price was a real treat. I want to come back and try the west ridge at some point.

Ridges and lakes
Ridges and lakes

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