Revolution Peak by Thompson Point / 靠湯普森點的革命峯

Revolution Peak and we had unfinished business. So after last week’s trip out east, we came back to the Cascades to tackle the peak.

Destination: Revolution Peak
Destination: Revolution Peak

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Revolution Peak at a Glance

Access: Granite Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 1000′-5454′
Gear: microspikes, snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

Granite Creek Trailhead

The pups and I tried this peak over five years ago. Back then, I brought my bike to save time on the old trail. But with a late morning start plus the short daylight, we soon ran out of time. So we turned around by the outcrops just past Thompson Point.

The new connector trail provided direct access. At the same time, it also saved us walking time. The trail crew had worked hard on making repairs to the path. So they brought the old logging road back to life. The best part of the hike was the log benches. The workers had cut them out of tree trunks and placed them in places with views across the valley.

Hiking the scenic trail
Hiking the scenic trail

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Getting up to Thompson Point

At 2000′ elevation, we reached the Granite Creek crossing. Soon, there was a section of massive down trees. But the workers had also sawed up the logs to make way for hikers. Later, I put on snowshoes at 2600′. Then we made our way up to the Granite Lakes Trail junction. 

We continued on the road while making steps in fresh snow. Before long, we reached the road’s end. It soon became windy at the 4800′ shoulder right below Thompson Point. Then from there, we got the first glimpse of Revolution Peak. 

Granite Lakes junction
Granite Lakes junction

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Ridge Traverse

Earlier, I scoped out the ridgeline from Thompson Point. But I wasn’t sure how we would go around the outcrops in the snow. The steep east side with cliff bands was out of the question. So the steep west face would be our only option. But the icy slopes didn’t look conducive to side-stepping.

So we backtracked a couple of hundred feet on the ridge. Then we dropped down to Gifford Lakes Basin until we were able to walk below the cliffs. Later, we made a rising ascent and went back on the ridge just north of the outcrops. From there, we could then stay the crest and reach the top.

Revolution Peak from Thompson Point
Revolution Peak from Thompson Point

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Revolution Peak Summit

Just like our recent trip on Jolly Mountain, the snow formed a mild arête before the summit. It was gusty on top. So we hunkered down behind the trees. The wind lasted for 20 more minutes before it finally calmed down. The sun was out. But the wind chill had brought the temperature down to freezing.

This summit was also a vantage point to view the valleys below. Plus, the countless peaks that reached as far north as the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The long ridge from Mailbox Peak to Mount Defiance dominated the southern skyline. Mount Rainier loomed in the distant south like always.

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier

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Outro

On the way back, I made sure to check out the cozy cabin west of Thompson Point. We didn’t get to do that the last time we came. But who wouldn’t want to own the cute little cabin for the expansive, all-around views? Hmm, I wonder if Amazon delivered to this address.

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