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Posted: 6/26/2022 1:39:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: GreenMushroom]
Last years thread got archived so new year new thread.

Craggy Peak. 9.31/2198

We'd originally planned to come up out of Wright Meddow but on the way up decided to try an older trail coming up from the south and hit blue lake on the way up.

Started out nice but quickly ran into deep snow and a lot of water coming down. We'd hoped with the warmer weather things would have melted off more.





Terrain was rugged and the snow 6-8 foot deep in places. A lot of it was eaten from underneath by melt water making this one of the more challenging snow hikes we've done. Not what I was expecting for the end of June.




Link Posted: 6/26/2022 1:54:57 AM EDT
[#1]
Looking back down.



Looking up at the ridge the trail from Wright Meddow runs along. We couldn't find the branch to blue lake and it was slow going so we headed straight up to the ridge.



Up on the ridge we actually found a few yards of bare trail



Looking down on blue lake.
Link Posted: 6/26/2022 2:01:52 AM EDT
[#2]
Shark and Badger I think. There's lots of peaks in the area and we plan on returning when things clear up.



Adams



Hood



St Helens

Link Posted: 6/26/2022 9:05:09 AM EDT
[#3]
Nice! I've been going to Blue Lake for many years, love that spot! A couple years ago we hiked to Craggy Peak via Blue Lake, and I climbed Craggy Peak. I saw a mountain goat about halfway up.

A couple pics from the top.





And a pic from the hike.



Link Posted: 6/26/2022 11:48:09 AM EDT
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I need to get out more this year.
Link Posted: 6/26/2022 3:55:20 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By JackRebney:
Nice! I've been going to Blue Lake for many years, love that spot! A couple years ago we hiked to Craggy Peak via Blue Lake, and I climbed Craggy Peak. I saw a mountain goat about halfway up.

A couple pics from the top.

https://i.imgur.com/kztGWVh.png

https://i.imgur.com/d2zw61m.png

And a pic from the hike.

https://i.imgur.com/qHMIfgT.png

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@JackRebney

When you go to Blue Lake do you come up the Wright Meddow trail?

We came up the "trail" from the south (A). It wasn't really clear where it was at the beginning so we weren't sure if it was still maintained. Once we started uphill we hit snow and it was impossible to tell where it was and we were basically cross-country at that point. We cut across (B) to the road below Blue Lake (C). We walked back and fourth a couple times looking for the trail going up to Blue Lake but couldn't find it.

We cut down the westward facing slope of the draw to get on a logging road (D) to get back. A lot less snow and good elk trails to get down. We were thinking of coming from the Wright Meddow side next time. Seems like a gradual ascent and we should be able to get to Craggy Peak without getting burned out and be able to explore beyond.

Link Posted: 6/29/2022 6:08:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: JackRebney] [#6]
@GreenMushroom

We always park at the end of the 9331 road and hike in there, go around the back side of the lake and hook up with the Craggy Peak trail. In mid July 2010 there was quite a bit of snow on the ground and we had to hike in the last couple miles of the road before the trail started, I'm very familiar with the trail but with snow on the ground it's very hard to find your way to Blue Lake without a GPS so I totally get where you're coming from.

This was our route.



Crappy pics from mid July 2010 at Blue Lake. I think that's the last time I remember the waterfall still running when I've been there.





This was the little pond behind the lake.

Link Posted: 6/29/2022 6:37:08 PM EDT
[#7]
Beautiful pictures, wish I had both my feet.
Link Posted: 6/29/2022 6:38:01 PM EDT
[#8]
Replied to wrong post, beautiful pictures.
Link Posted: 7/1/2022 11:58:21 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By JackRebney:
@GreenMushroom

We always park at the end of the 9331 road and hike in there, go around the back side of the lake and hook up with the Craggy Peak trail. In mid July 2010 there was quite a bit of snow on the ground and we had to hike in the last couple miles of the road before the trail started, I'm very familiar with the trail but with snow on the ground it's very hard to find your way to Blue Lake without a GPS so I totally get where you're coming from.

This was our route.

https://i.imgur.com/GhpEDmn.png

Crappy pics from mid July 2010 at Blue Lake. I think that's the last time I remember the waterfall still running when I've been there.

https://i.imgur.com/563TYmL.png

https://i.imgur.com/AXuOB2x.png

This was the little pond behind the lake.

https://i.imgur.com/O6EfLKD.png
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Thanks. We're new to that area so didn't realize you could drive up that road. Going to do more scouting around next time before we head up the trail. Snow is finally melting off so we can do more exploring. We scouted out the Spencer Meddow area a few weeks before. Also was finally able to make it up to goat marsh a few weeks ago and there was more water than I've ever seen.
Link Posted: 7/1/2022 12:30:09 PM EDT
[#10]
Spencer Meddow

Had originally intended to see if we could get through to the randle side but got turned back.


Looking back towards the Lewis Valley














Link Posted: 7/10/2022 9:35:48 PM EDT
[#11]
Lone Butte 15.22/1644



Lone Butte Meddows. This is a really nice area with easy access and we plan to come back at night. Might consider camping overnight half way down where there's good views in both directions.







Headed up Sqaw Butte trail.



Big Creek



Link Posted: 7/10/2022 9:44:17 PM EDT
[#12]
Sqaw Butte is more a series of shelfs and there's some steep parts but a lot of level walking. Much more open under the trees than down in the valley.









We started to hit heavy snow past 4k and turned back a little short of the top at the Crab Trail junction.



Link Posted: 7/10/2022 10:11:06 PM EDT
[#13]
Siouxon

Yale Boat Launch. Was kinda preoccupied with hiking last summer and want to get the yak out more this year.







Mouth of the Siouxon estuary



Yale dam and Mount Tum Tum



Old road bridge for the abandoned road on the south shore.



Link Posted: 7/10/2022 10:20:34 PM EDT
[#14]
Heading into the estuary





Necks down as you approach the mouth of Siouxon creek.



Opens up again past the neck. Creek mouth dead ahead with beach on the left and cliffs on the right.



We usually come when the waters lower and there's a lot more beach. The local babcats seem to be using the little beach that's there as a litter box



Mouth of Siouxon creek.

Link Posted: 7/10/2022 10:53:25 PM EDT
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Went up to Summit lake today. Awesome day! Great views! Fairly moderate hike. Still a bit of snow as you got into the higher elevations.
Link Posted: 8/10/2022 10:29:52 PM EDT
[#16]
Shark Rock 7/23 11.52/2123

Return to the area of the op in much better conditions following the route laid out by JackRebney.

Blue Lake and the meadows to the east.







Link Posted: 8/10/2022 10:33:44 PM EDT
[#17]
Looking back down on the Blue Lake valley. Ridge to the right is where the Wright Meddow trail runs.



Shark Rock



Hat Rock



Craggy Peak

Link Posted: 8/10/2022 10:35:44 PM EDT
[#18]
Mountains







Obligatory poser shot

Link Posted: 8/10/2022 11:22:49 PM EDT
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Link Posted: Yesterday 2:34:42 AM EDT
[#20]
Between St Helens and Adams. Main trail heads east out of Wright Meadow. We came up and got on that trail from the south.
Link Posted: Yesterday 11:47:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By GreenMushroom:
Craggy Peak

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I think that is actually Kirk Rock.

This is Craggy.



ETA: Actually maybe that is Craggy from the other side, if so it looks way different from there. It sure looks different on top of it too.

I plan on riding Craggy Peak and Boundary trails on my trials bike within the next couple months, I can't wait to see more of the area.
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