Mount Rolo 8096 in Pasayten Wilderness via Slate Pass / 羅洛山

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Mount Rolo in Pasayten Wilderness is the highest point along Middle Fork Pasayten River. Its famous neighbors also include Mount Lago and Monument Peak. The proximity to Slate Pass makes the peak doable as a day trip.

Mount Rolo within reach
Mount Rolo within reach

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Mount Rolo at a Glance

Access: Buckskin Ridge Trailhead at Slate Pass
Round Trip: 18 miles
Elevation Range: 5200′ -8096′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

Mount Rolo

Mount Rolo was a nice change of pace from last week. The Glacier Peak Wilderness was a total smoke fest. But there was virtually no smoke in this part of the Cascades.

Fortunately, the Forest Service had lifted access restrictions to Middle Fork Pasayten River just days ago. Even so, many roads and trails east of the valley remained inaccessible in response to summer wildfire activities.

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Starting from Slate Pass

The pup and I slept just past Harts Pass Friday night. Then the following day, we started walking at 8 AM from Slate Pass. Shortly, I noticed the dusting of snow on Mount Rolo, likely from this past week’s snowfall.

It was still cold as we strolled down through the basin. And by the time we crossed Middle Fork Pasayten River at the bottom, we had dropped 1700′. So I wasn’t looking forward to going back up to the pass later.

Ferguson Lake
Ferguson Lake

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Mount Rolo via the South Ridge

Later we walked past Ferguson Lake Trail junction by a few hundred yards. But glad I realized the mistake before continuing and returned to the fork. After we reached the lake, we then took a break before moving on.

Soon, we moved northeast up to the 7800′ saddle directly north of Point 7985. From there, we had our first spectacular look at the Lago Slam and Monumental Slam. But the other highest mountains of Washington in the area were not yet apparent.

More high points to bypass
More high points to bypass

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Ridge Traverse to Mount Rolo

Because of the new inches of snow, the high traverse wasn’t as enjoyable. We walked the ridgeline while staying on and west of the crest. Along the way, we bypassed a few high points before reaching the bottom of Mount Rolo.

The final scramble to the top was on chossy but solid ledges. From this vantage point, I had a clear view of several of Washington’s highest summits above Eureka Creek Valley. Those taller neighbors had visibly more snow on them.

Pasayten River Valley north view
Pasayten River Valley north view

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Mount Rolo Summit Plus Views

The clouds stayed just high enough to provide decent views to the south. To the north, views of Canadian peaks went far beyond the Middle Fork Pasayten River Valley.

Later we made it down to Ferguson Lake. The tent we saw earlier was still around. Then just past the lake, we met the man camping by the lake, who had been out scouting for deer. We briefly chatted about his hunting trip and the weather.

Eureka Creek lineup
Eureka Creek lineup

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Outro

We made it back down to Middle Fork Trail. Then we slowly gained back every inch of the 1700′ of elevation. We got back to Slate Pass just after dark.

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