Cowboy Mountain on Stevens Pass / 史蒂文山道上的牛仔山

Cowboy Mountain from the road

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Today’s outing was a quick conditioner after yesterday’s trip. For years I had wanted to go up to the mountain. Although finding a good time to go up during the ski season was always a challenge. But now that the Stevens Pass area was a ghost town, it was an even better time to visit.

The pup and I arrived at the resort with one other car parked in Lot A. We were here on the last day of March on another short excursion up to Big Chief Mountain. Today’s trip made for a perfect spring outing on an otherwise busy mountain.

The Lowdown on Cowboy Mountain

Access: Stevens Pass Ski Resort (trail map)
Round Trip: 3 miles
Elevation Range: 4040′-5853′
Gear: microspikes
GPS Track: available

Hiking Through the Ski Resort

For context, Cowboy Mountain marks the highest point on the ridgeline at the head of Tye River. The mountain also houses four chairlifts on its northern slopes. We walked through empty lodges and got on the roadway for a short while. Then we headed uphill in the direction of the Blue Trail.

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Following the Blue Trail to Cloud 9

Blue Trail hugged along a minor ridge before it eventually ended at the top of the Hogsback Express chairlift. From there, we followed Cloud 9 to where it stopped at the top of the 7th Heaven lift. I didn’t pack snowshoes today as the snow conditions were generally excellent by this time of the year.

Summit Ridge to Finish

Right next to the 7th Heaven chairlift was a minor rib. So we climbed the steep slopes to reach the west ridge of the summit. Then from the ridgeline, it was just a short east traverse to get to the highest point of Cowboy Mountain. It was windless on top.

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Cowboy Mountain Summit

I thought the southern half of the summit had the better view. But due to the number of trees, I had to piece things together by gazing through small openings. Even though there were also trees on the north side, the scenery was much broader.

High clouds today, so I could see many of the usual familiar high points from the top. They included Big Chief Mountain, Jim Hill Mountain, Glacier Peak, Rock Mountain, Lichtenberg Mountain, Mountain Daniel, Chiwaukum Mountains, and K9.

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Early Afternoon Outro

We met a Mountaineers group on the way back down to the basin. So the pup felt compelled to distract people from the field trip by making everyone pet him.

Next stop, Sultan Bakery!

Thanks for a short and sweet outing
Thanks for a short and sweet outing

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