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The TNAB Trifecta: Silver, Tinkham and Abiel Peaks from Windy Pass

GPS Data: Map, Track, Waypoints

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  • Trailhead and parking
  • Trail forks
  • The saddle
  • Abiel summit
  • Silver summit
  • Tinkham summit

GPS Stats:

  • Total milage: 8 miles
  • Total elevation gain: 3770
  • Time (3 summits) 5 hours
  • Time to 3-way saddle: 50 min,
    890 feet
  • Round trip from Saddle to Silver:
    55 min, 865 feet
  • Round trip from saddle to
    Tinkham: 50 minutes (includes
    party time), 640 feet
  • Round trip from saddle to Abiel:
    90 minutes (includes 30 mins
    being lost), 600 feet
  • Time back to the car from
    saddle: 45 min, 890 feet

The map shows the proper routes in red and our off-route bushwhacking in yellow.

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Map of the 40 most prominent peaks visible from Tinkham

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Map of the 40 most prominent peaks visible from Silver Peak

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Map of the 40 most prominent peaks visible from Abiel Peak

Driving Directions: Drive I-90 to Snoqualmie pass and the Hyak exit #54. Drive into the ski parking area staying on the main road and following it past housing developments. The road curves around a small sewage lagoon and then turns into FS #9070. Drive 5.4 miles and shortly after entering a large clear cut find Windy Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) junction.

Hiking Directions: Begin (at 3850 feet) hiking the Pacific Crest Trail south. From the trailhead you gently gain elevation for a mile and a half, then drop through a series of S-turns. Less than a quarter mile later you'll find the fork to the saddle marked by a large cairn and a log in the trail for drainage control (4325 feet). The saddle will be visible above you to the right. Gain the saddle (4720) and find the 3-way fork. Go left to Tinkham. Go right to Silver. For Abiel, go right as if to Silver and find a small pond (at 5020 I think), find a faint trail or bushwack uphill to the knoll east of Abiel, continue west on steadily improving trail to the summit of Abiel. The third fork (in the center, going south) goes to parts unknown.


The official TNAB hike tonight is Windy Pass to Tinkham but thinking about last years TNAB Abiel hike I call Carla up and suggest the Trifecta : Tinkham AND Silver AND Abiel. She wasn't going to hike tonight but the idea got her juices flowing. She's just recovering from Giardia: lost 15 lbs, finally able to keep down solid food... I just might be able to keep up with her !

We skip meeting TNAB at Eastgate to get a little more time and arrive at Windy Pass an estimated 20 minutes before everyone else. We cruise the PCT south to a fork/ that leads to the 3 way saddle between our target peaks. The side trail is distinct and marked by a large cairn and a large log in the trail for drainage control. We're at the top of the saddle after about 50 minutes.

Tinkham from below the saddle

We decide to do Silver first, thinking it is the longest and highest and then beat feet to catch up with the TNAB folks on Tinkham, then convince some of them to do Abiel with us. I'm figuring Abiel is easiest - read shortest elevation and least distance. The plan goes without a hitch - for a while. We cruise the summit of Silver amidst a sea of wildflowers but find the top in the clouds.

Descending Silver

We waste no time and head back to the saddle and up Tinkham to find much clearer skies and TNAB partying away - brownies, cabernet, Jack Daniels, scotch... We join them for some revelry. It's 8:10 PM when I suggest to Carla that we should cruise: "Do you still want to do Abiel?". "No" she says ! "Yes" say I and with that she's convinced. Dan and Steve and Joseph decide to join us.

Abiel Lake from Tinkham summit

We book to the saddle and then follow the small (3rd) trail leaving the "central triangle" heading west... and down, lots of down. I could swear this is the way we went last year! I become uncertain so everyone starts bushwacking to the right. The forest is open but very steep and slippery with mud and bear grass. We wander in separate groups and eventually grovel our way to the top of the knoll just east of Abiel. From here, a worn spot in the forest floor eventually coalesces into a real trail to the summit just (barely) in time for a colorful sunset. We tag the top and leave. On the way down, we lose the trail at the knoll and just follow the broad ridge back, baring left in the direction of the saddle. This eventually connects with the trail to Silver at the little pond. Back to the saddle and out... It's pushing 11:00 pm by the time we're back at the cars... the stars are beautiful... and I am tired... and, by the way... barely kept up with Carla.

Next time: Start earlier and approach Abiel via the trail to Silver - turning left at the little pond and hiking west to the knoll.




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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Last modified: 01/17/11