Mount Daniel via Peggys Pond / 經佩姬池塘上丹尼爾山

It finally happened eight years after our first attempt on Mount Daniel! So it was nice to revisit and cross off the mountain from my redo list. This time yellow pup offered to accompany me on my quest for the real summit.

The glorious Mount Daniel
The glorious Mount Daniel

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For Mount Daniel East Peak trip, see this post.

Mount Daniel at a Glance

Access: Cathedral Pass Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 3360′-7960′

Gear: helmet, ice axe, crampons
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

Tucquala Meadows

After yesterday’s conditioner, we drove straight to Tucquala Meadows. There were two dozens cars total in both parking lots. It seemed slow for this time of the year. Later, we slept in the car by the trailhead.

There were many deer around in the evening. But they have become used to seeing humans. So our presence no longer fazed them. Though, at times they were getting too close for comfort even knowing the pup was around.

Squaw Lake
Squaw Lake

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Cathedral Pass Trail

We hiked the Cathedral Pass Trail two years ago on the way to Dip Top Gap. The gap had the best campsite. So we got a front-row seat view of the impressive Mount Daniel and Pea Soup Lake. Snow patches appeared before Squaw Lake. Then small snowfields showed up between the lake and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) junction.

Surprisingly, it was snow-free around the west of Cathedral Rock. Then more snow came before Peggys Pond. Several tents were by the pond when we hiked passed. The only group of campers we saw had a campfire. I guess they didn’t take the “no campfires above certain feet” restrictions seriously.

Cathedral Rock with Peggys Pond
Cathedral Rock with Peggys Pond

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Mount Daniel East Ridge

Boot tracks in the snow helped with route-finding in getting up onto the east ridge. Then we spotted three skiers going down the eastern basin. Two groups came down when we went up on the 6960′ saddle above Circle Lake. Then I chatted with another party of two on the steep slopes. I used crampons through this section.

The notch between the east peak and Point 7662 gave access to the west side. So we crossed the steep southwest slopes up to the west saddle at 7640′. Then from there, we climbed a short distance to go onto the southeast ridge. With crampons off, we crossed the ridge on scree and talus up to the top.

Mount Daniel's real and middle summits
Mount Daniel’s real and middle summits

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Middle Summit to Main Summit

So far, the sun has been going in and out of the clouds. Under the uncertain weekend weather forecast, the visibility was weak. But I was glad that there were no signs of rain. We couldn’t see much to the west because of the mists. But we kept hearing voices coming from the main summit.

After a short break and we were off to our real goal– the main summit! Clouds made it challenging to tell just how close we were. But it ended up only taking us 15 minutes to go there. The voices we heard earlier were of the three skiers. They were getting ready to ski down Lynch Glacier. After leaving the snow gear, we then scrambled up to the top.

Lynch Glacier and Pea Soup Lake
Lynch Glacier and Pea Soup Lake

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Mount Daniel Main Summit Plus Outro

It became windy fast. So the fast-moving clouds made it possible to catch glimpses of the nearby peaks. The sky even cleared up a few times above us. But the mists never truly lifted to provide a panoramic view of the area. I was just glad that the rain never came. So we could least see something from the top!

We enjoyed an extended stay and waited out the clouds. So I could take some decent photos before going back down. Before long, we were back at Peggys Pond. Then we hiked back down the trail back to Tucquala Meadows.

So long Mount Daniel
So long Mount Daniel

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