Freezeout Slam + Clark Peak / 凍結滿貫+克拉克峯

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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After last week‘s rough drive to the Summer Blossom Trailhead, I needed something relaxing this week. Plan for this weekend was to climb Gilbert Peak in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in one day. Then on the next day, we would hike the Freezeout Slam high points.

The Lowdown on Freezeout Slam

Freezeout Slam = Tiffany Mountain + Middle Tiffany Mountain + Rock Mountain 7971
凍結滿貫=蒂芬妮山+中蒂芬妮山+石山7971

Access: Freezeout Ridge Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 6560′-8245′ 
Gear: 
helmet
GPS Track: available

Tiffany Mountain Trail

On the drive to Conrad Meadows, we expectedly came upon a gate. The NF-750/South Fork Tieton Road junction was still seven miles away from the trailhead. So without a sound backup plan, we drove another six hours to the east of Pasayten Wilderness. These mountains were going to be our outing for day two. Due to sleep deprivation, I finally pulled off to the side of Highway 97 at 1:30 AM and slept. Then at 5 AM, we were back at it again after the alarm sounded off.

Finally, we passed through Winthrop at 8 AM. Then we continued onto service road NF-37; road conditions were generally decent. It was a little bumpy before the pass, but passable in a low-clearance vehicle. We arrived at the Freezeout Ridge Trailhead past 9 AM. Soon afterward, we headed for Whistler Pass. From the trail junction on the pass, we took the North Summit Trail. Then we hiked south toward Clark Peak.

The other three objectives
The other three objectives

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Clark Peak Summit

The real summit wasn’t visible until we got on the east ridge. But a notch on the ridge required us to drop down and bypass it from the south. A short scramble through boulders finally put us on the summit shortly after. This summit was an excellent vantage point to see our other three objectives side by side. Smoke had overtaken west of the Eightmile Creek drainage. The haze had come from the Diamond Creek Fire that started a month ago.

Back at Whistler Pass, we headed north on North Summit Trail to Honeymoon Pass. The map had marked the 7300′ junction with Tiffany Lake Trail 200′ higher. So this caused me a bit of confusion. As a result, we scrambled down to North Fork Salmon Creek Basin. Then from there, we connected with Tiffany Lake Trail through the old burn. The creek was our first water source since leaving the car. The area had been incredibly dry.

Rock Mountaoin summit ahead
Rock Mountain summit ahead

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Rock Mountain 7919 and Middle Tiffany Mountain Summits

From Honeymoon Pass, we hiked north in a straight line to Rock Mountain 7919 summit marked by a radio facility. Here I got a better look at the massive wildfire smoke as it spewed from the western horizon. Another vantage point to see the other three objectives. By now, the wind had picked up significantly, and we left right after a quick bite and some photos. Middle Tiffany Mountain next door took a short time to the summit via the 7500′ saddle.

This summit had similar views as Rock Mountain. The yellow pup and I didn’t stay long; we still needed to get to Tiffany Mountain before sundown. The gurgling croak of Ravens echoed through the basins as we walked down on the gentle south slopes. I thought about scrambling up the mountain’s northwest saddle. But then I realized we still needed water, and so I scratched the idea.

Panoramic view of Rock and Middle Tiffany
Panoramic view of Rock and Middle Tiffany

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Tiffany Mountain Summit Plus Outro

We first walked back down to North Fork Salmon Creek Basin for water. Then we hiked back up to Whistler Pass via the North Summit Trail. At the pass, we followed what looked like a faint hikers’ path and hugged the southeast ridge to the top. Another broad summit with abounding views, strewn with boulders and sand piles. The evening light shone gorgeously on Rock and Middle Tiffany Mountains. We enjoyed the immense views and then watched the sunset.

Hard to believe the equinox is only less than a month away! I was beginning to miss those nine o’clock sunsets.

Outro
Outro

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