Theseus and Minotaur by Labyrinth Mountain / 靠迷宮山的忒修斯及牛頭怪

It’s been seven years since we first climbed Labyrinth Mountain. But this time, the pup and I went back for Theseus and Minotaur. It’s exciting to see how things looked without the snow.

Theseus from Minotaur
Theseus from Minotaur

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Theseus and Minotaur at a Glance

Access: Minotaur Lake Trailhead
Round Trip: 5 miles
Elevation Range: 3800′-6262′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Minotaur Lake Basin

There were many highlights during the old trip. But the most memorable one was to see Theseus Lake and Minotaur Lake. It felt surreal to see both lakes from the top of the mountain.

But today, we went back to tackle Theseus and Minotaur. They’re the two protagonists in the fascinating tail of Greek mythology.

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Minotaur Lake Trail

Road 6700 turnoff at Highway 2 to the trailhead was only 7.7 miles. But the bumpy drive took us over half an hour. The rockiest part was the final switchback on Smithbrook Road that led up to the pass.

We began walking at half past 1 PM. But didn’t take long before the trail steepened drastically. On the way up, we met four parties as they came down. Then I chatted with them briefly.

West ridge view
West ridge view

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Theseus Climb

At 5300′, we left the trail and moved north-northeast to Theseus west ridge. Then we reached the ridgeline at 5800′. From there, it was only another 200′ up to the summit.

The top sported a 180-degree, clear view from northwest to southeast. Then the trees were in the way of the other half. Though, with the sun shining from the south, we saw the more scenic side.

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Theseus Summit

To see into the lake basins, I had to first go around the trees above the cliffs. But the safer way to view the lakes was by going down the ridge a short distance.

Theseus marked an excellent place to view the two lakes. The view of Minotaur Lake sitting above Theseus was just gorgeous. Plus, the massive Labyrinth Mountain sat directly above the water.

Lake basins panoramic view from Theseus
Lake basins panoramic view from Theseus

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Mountain Views

Dark clouds covered the famous mountains to the distant north. But the visible peaks nearby were Mount Howard, Mount Mastiff, and Rock Mountain. All three were high points on the Nason Ridge.

I also saw Dirtyface Lookout and Dirtyface Peak on Dirtyface Mountain. The glaring light had made it hard to distinguish the southern peaks. But I could still see Big Chiwaukum, Mount Stuart, and Lichtenberg Mountain.

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Minotaur Climb

We made our way down to Minotaur Lake an hour later. At the same time, we stayed south of the crest to avoid dense shrubs and minor outcrops. Then, from the southern lakeshore, we went through the meadows on one of the various paths.

Soon, at 5800′, we reached Minotaur’s southeast basin. From there, we used a faint trail to the right of the talus while walking on scree and heather. Then from then ridge at 6100′, we made it up to the top in another 150′.

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Lake basins panoramic view from Minotaur
Lake basins panoramic view from Minotaur

Minotaur Summit

Minotaur was yet another terrific place with vast views! The visible high points in the area included Jim Hill Mountain, Jove Peak. Plus, more of the ones we saw earlier from Theseus.

From here, we saw Sloan Peak and Bedal Peak. But Glacier Peak had since gone into hiding. The wind speed slowly increased in the late afternoon. But we were still able to enjoy another hour of summit time.

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Thanks for an amazing afternoon
Thanks for an amazing afternoon

Outro

The lake basin looked empty when we made our way down to the trail. Then we proceeded to go back down the forest. Later we reached our lone car in the lot five hours after we started. It was 40 minutes till sunset.

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