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Hike loop: Tinkham peak east and west summits and Mirror Lake
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Trip Report 7/30/06
Hiked Tinkham peak w/ Joan, Lizzie, and Masataka
Seattle is just coming off a week of 90+ degree weather and today they are they are predicting rain. We're ready for that too and no sooner do we hit the trail and it does... rain. Not badly though but it is clear from the dripping emerald green everywhere that it had been raining earlier too. It doesn't last long and leaves the wild flowers glistening.
The PCT traverses under the east flanks of silver steadily climbing for 1.75
miles where it reaches the 'S' curves, the only place where
The Tinkham trail gains elevation a little more seriously here, following the right side of a ridge that runs to the west summit. The trail isn't the most distinct but the direction is obvious - up. Also, as long as you continue to see signs reminding you not to trespass into the Cedar River watershed you're going the right way. At about 5:30 PM we reach the summit rocks. There are a few spots that look like they might require some major scrambling but that just means that we've wandered off the path. Stay on the path and the top is an easy but occasionally steep and exposed walk.
Forty minutes after leaving the saddle, we reach the top. It's blustery,
sometimes foggy, only occasionally offering views that come and go but the north
edge is a spectacular vertical drop! We find a sheltered spot and celebrate with
food. It's cold but Joan had the great idea to bring hot chai tea which really
hits the spot. We sup and discuss out options. I suggest that we NOT go back the
way we came in. The trail up from the saddle is guaranteed to be a knee breaker
plus it's slippery and muddy. The ridge to the east summit looks really cool and
appears to have a well traveled trail. From here we can find the descent to
mirror lake where we'll reconnect to the PCT. I estimate it'll add a mile and a
half "worth of adventure" to our trip and probably guarantee we'll come out in
the dark, but it will theoretically be easier. We all agree.
Abiel Lake from near the summit
Silver peak from near the summit
The ridge walk is indeed easy. The weather is getting a little better and there
are lots of great views. It's about a half mile to the east summit where the
descent trail continues southeast through a big talus field. We keep leftish
heading toward mirror lake. when we re-enter the forest we have a little trouble
finding the trail but once found it's easy to follow (accompanied once again by
the ubiquitous "no trespassing" signs). In an hour and half we reach Mirror
lake, circumnavigate counter-clockwise, find the Pacific Crest Trail and begin
the hike out. Joan has some knee problems that are acting up and we move pretty
slow, reaching the car at 10:40 PM.
Remember grasshopper, "the path IS the goal".
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