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

Today we went on a recovery trip after yesterday’s excursion. I had wanted to go up to Cowboy Mountain for years. But finding the time to go up before the start of the ski season was always a challenge. So with the closing of the resort, now it was an even better time to visit.

Cowboy Mountain from the road
Cowboy Mountain from the road

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Cowboy Mountain at a Glance

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

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

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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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.

Cowboy Mountain Summit Ridge

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 Plus Views

I thought the southern half of the summit had a 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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