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

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The drive to Summer Blossom Trailhead last week was rough. So this week, we wanted relaxation. The initial plan was to climb Gilbert Peak in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in one day. Then go up to the Freezeout Slam the next day. But we had a change in plans at the last minute.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Freezeout Slam at a Glance

Freezeout Slam = Tiffany Mountain + Middle Tiffany Mountain + Rock Mountain 7971

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

Getting to Tiffany Mountain Trailhead

We came up to a gate at the NF-750/South Fork Tieton Road junction. The road closure added seven miles to the Conrad Meadows Trailhead. But without a backup plan, I decided to visit the Freezeout Slam on Saturday. So we drove six more hours up north to Winthrop. In the middle of the night, I pulled off by the highway and slept for a while. Then we got back on the road again at 5 AM.

Finally, we drove through Winthrop at 8 AM. Road NF-37 was in decent shape. A little bumpy right below the pass, but doable in a low-clearance vehicle. Then we arrived at the Freezeout Ridge Trailhead an hour later. Soon, we were hiking up toward Whistler Pass. Then at the trail junction, we hiked south on the North Summit Trail to Clark Peak.

Freezeout Slam high points
Freezeout Slam high points

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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 ridgeline required us to bypass from the south. Then with a short scramble, we made it to the top. This summit was a vantage point to see our other three objectives side by side. It was smoky to the west of the Eightmile Creek drainage. The haze had come from the Diamond Creek Fire that started one month ago.

Back at Whistler Pass, we went north on North Summit Trail to Honeymoon Pass. The map somehow showed the 7300′ junction with Tiffany Lake Trail at 200′ higher. So we ended up scrambling down to North Fork Salmon Creek Basin. Soon, we joined the Tiffany Lake Trail through the old burn. The tiny creek here was our first water source since we left the car. So it’s been incredibly dry.

Rock Mountaoin summit ahead
Rock Mountain summit ahead

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Rock Mountain 7919 and Middle Tiffany Mountain

From Honeymoon Pass, we then hiked north up to the top of Rock Mountain 7919. A radio facility marked this summit. Here I got a better look at the massive wildfire smoke that spread across the western horizon. By now, the wind was blowing hard. So we left the top after a quick break. Our next stop Middle Tiffany Mountain was right across the 7500′ saddle. And it took no time at all to reach the summit.

This summit had similar views as Rock Mountain. The yellow pup and I didn’t stay long here either. We still needed to get to Tiffany Mountain before sundown. The gurgling croak of Ravens echoed through the basins the whole time. For a second, I thought about going up the mountain via the northwest saddle. But then I realized we needed more water from the creek below.

Panoramic view of Rock Mountain 7919 and Middle Tiffany Mountain
Panoramic view of Rock Mountain 7919 and Middle Tiffany Mountain

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Tiffany Mountain of Freezeout Slam

We first went back down to North Fork Salmon Creek Basin. Then we hiked back up to Whistler Pass via the North Summit Trail. From the pass, we followed what looked like a faint path. So we stayed close to the southeast ridge to reach the top. It was another broad summit with excellent views. Plus, there were many boulders and sand piles.

The evening light glistened on Rock Mountain and Middle Tiffany Mountain beautifully. We enjoyed the extensive views and watched the sunset. Hard to believe that the equinox was less than a month away! I was starting to miss those nine o’clock sunsets.

Leaving Freezeout Slam
Leaving Freezeout Slam

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