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Abiel Peak and Silver Peak TNAB Hike
GPS Data: Map, Track, Waypoints
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The map to the right includes a quick trip to bag the summit of Silver Peak as well as Abiel Peak. There is an unmarked trail that ascends from the PCT to the saddle between the two mountains (where our track diverges). There was a lot of snow and we were forced to do a little bushwacking.
GPS Stats: (includes Silver peak)
6/29/06: First TNAB hike up Abiel (w/ Silver (and Tinkham))
I don't usually write up TNAB hikes unless they're exceptional. This one
was just that for a number of reasons. First, it was a new hike for our
group. Abiel (pronounced A-B-L) is at the top of Snoqualmie pass and
had a different flavor to it over the other hikes that we do
in the I-90 corridor. The hike starts at Windy Pass - already at 3800 feet
elevation which is way high for an I-90 hike. For a while it
follows the Pacific Crest Trail. The feel is distinctly
more alpine - lots of Pine forest, little creeks and meadows. It's
still a bit early for this hike when we did it - much snow on the trail,
some "testy" snow bridges too - but that's just part of the adventure
From the saddle you can see your potential goal(s): The Trifecta. Tinkham to the southeast, Abiel to the west and Silver to the north. We pick up a faint trail heading toward Abiel that gradually gets better and better. The top is a steep hike with a minimal bit of scramble that follows the edge of the Cedar River watershed. [Note added later - the saddle has a three-way fork: left to Tinkham, right to Silver and Abiel, straight (down) to Abiel Lake. If you're hiking to Abiel, head right toward silver and turn left at a small tarn (I think), go up to a knoll then down to a saddle and up to Abiel. Tinkham and Silver are pretty straight forward.]
At the summit
we run into John 1 and Jeff who had arrived earlier and already bagged
the top of Tinkham (w/ John 2)! From here we follow another faint trail about
feet further west where a rocky outcrop offers the best views: Annette Lake
a thousand feet below, Humpback and Silver nearby, Granite and McClellan, Mt
innumerable other peaks to the north. Is that snowy mountain Whitehorse way
way in the distance ?!
The approach is a fairly quick 600 feet up through "musical" scree followed by a gorgeous meadow just bursting with wild flowers to finish on bigger talus, all accented by bits of snow field here and there. The sunset greets us and it is a beauty! We ponder our options for descent - we're prepared to hike out in the dark but decide that the most prudent maneuver is to go out the KNOWN way that we came in.
We leave the summit at 9:30 PM and cruise the remaining light to the saddle.
Here, in the dark we descend a slightly different line from our up-track - this
part wasn't much fun but once back on the PCT we fly back to join the others
back at the trailhead.
TNAB Hikes are not for the faint of heart. During the season we meet every Thursday in the Eastgate parking lot at 5pm. We hike fast. We hike in the rain. We hike in the snow. We hike in the dark. We don't always follow the beaten path. If you want to join us, click TNAB.
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