2017/4/22 – Tiptop / 絕頂山

Today's destination
Today’s destination

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Another rainy weekend meant another outing away from the Cascade crest. Our first time exploring Mission-Naneum Ridge area between Peshastin Creek and Mission Creek drainages just south of Highway 2. Another area strewn with old logging roads and visibly recent logging activities.

A bit of sunshine when we arrived and parked off Road 7204 above Ruby Creek, half a mile in from Highway 97. From there we scrambled northward on a steep rib and attained the west-trending ridge coming off Tiptop’s north ridge at 3,000′.

Following the ridge line while intercepting logging road in several places, we then took a break on Point 4038. Views weren’t too shabby here, although weather in Teanaway area west of here looked to be worsening with every passing minute.

At 4,000′ we hopped on Road 7201 where we finally encountered snow and mindlessly headed east for a while. At Point 4135 the road took a turn southward along Tiptop’s north ridge while slowly making its way up to the communication tower from the south side. We left the road north of the summit at 4,450′ and scrambled to the top instead.

Clouds had finally moved in from Teanaway when we arrived at the top, and rain came down soon after for about 20 minutes. Shortly after the rain subsided, dark clouds began to dissipate and make way for partly blue sky and the much needed sunshine.

Rather than going back the way we came, which involved more road walk than I would’ve liked, we scrambled straight down west ridge from the top. We intercepted another abandoned logging road at 3,400′ and crossed Deer Park Spring before walking quarter of a mile to road’s end by the southwest-trending ridge.

We followed the ridge down to 2,800′, then cut through forest northward on heather slopes down to 2,500′ and reconnected with Road 7204. Half a mile road walk back to the car while listening to the sound of Ruby Creek below us.

Gear: none

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