2018/5/19 – Hawkins Mountain II / 霍金斯山之二

Hawkins is calling
Hawkins is calling

Photos from this trip can be found here.

RIP Canon Rebel T4i
2012/12/25 – 2018/5/19

Alas. After years of capturing our fondest memories, the beloved Canon Rebel T4i camera finally bid its farewell on this mountain. Majority of our photos were captured with this camera, so it’ll be greatly missed.

Second trip up the mountain, and this time we approached via the west ridge by scrambling up west slopes. On our first trip back in the fall of 2011, we took the trail approach north of Camp Creek and spent most of our time hiking in the basin.

Camp Creek Basin
Camp Creek Basin

Photos from this trip can be found here.

We encountered snow at 4,600′ in the open forest, but no need for snowshoes on firm snow. So far, views largely comprised those of Goat Mountain and Cle Elum River Valley. South of the ridge crest from 5,400′ to 6,400′ snow had largely melted, so we were able to hike on the exposed portions of the summer trail. Sun was out just as we made the traverse east.

As the ridge gradually made a turn due north, we slowly moved to climbers left to avoid cornices on the right side of the crest. From there we made the last 200′ of steep climb to the summit’s south saddle. Lots of snow remained on the east face, which we were able to bypass by traversing the crest to the top.

The Cradle
The Cradle

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Sun had disappeared a while ago and the area was left with dark clouds drifting in from the north. Mount Stuart, visible earlier before clouds moved in, was not to be seen again. I had hoped to get a glimpse of Mount Daniel and Mount Hinman but that didn’t happen. Views to the south and southeast weren’t too bad.

We didn’t spend too much time on top, as sprinkles were slowly turning into rain. Camera died a few more shots after getting our summit selfies, talk about timing.

Jolly Mountain
Jolly Mountain

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Access: NF-138
Gear: snowshoes carried but not used

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