Another weekend trip into Alpine Lakes Wilderness, we headed straight up to Cathedral Rock for an overnight. The approach was
gradual and always in the shade. As we would crossed over PCT, we switched into the Deep Lake trail to get to Cathedral Rock.
Below Cathedral Rock, we camped at Peggy Pond.
The night was cold because of the wind. It was one of those nights that I need to wear longs inside my sleeping bag. Moisture
was very heavy as dawn broke. We have to wait till it cleared out a bit before we headed up the peak. Our goalis was to get up as
high as we can and decide.
On the way up, the fog came in high. We ran into another group coming down, who started much earlier than us, reported that it is very windy
and hard to travel higher. But our timing may perhaps was better because it was certainly clearing up. By the time we get to 6500', we already
saw clear blue sky with unlimited visibility, we could see Mt Stuart, and Rainier in the horizon.
We were at the bottom of a snowfield, deciding to go up or not, at the same time trying to find an alternative route up. At the end, we
just hiked up on the snow. It was that soft, but still safe to travel on.
That is Cathedral Rock / Peggy Pond in the far.
Passing above the treeline
We are guessing this is Colcuck Peak
That's Mt Stuart
This is Mt Daniel
The snowfield... below Mt Daniel
Quite steep indeed
Yes, affirmative, it is a glacier indeed.
On Mt Daniel, east summit, 7960 feet
Franklin, Miriam, John, me, and Steve @ East Summit, Mt Daniel
..... from different angle
A 360° view on Daniel. (4.5 MB file).
Group shot at the pass, where we have to descent on snow.