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Palmer Mountain

Dec 29, 2000

by Mike Collins last modified Sep 10, 2008 03:02 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike

This mountain is to the south of US 2 near the short tunnel on the way to Stevens Pass. Turn off at the Money Creek exit and then within a half mile take the FS Road 6030. Unless you have a Humvee you will be stopped by a three foot drop in the road about 1.2 miles up. Park your car near that spot and hike the remaining 1.3 miles until reaching Lowe Creek. We ascended the right bank of the creek until meeting up with a logging road visible on the USGS map. That road connects with an old road the takes you to two limestone quarries at about 2,600 feet. Just to the left of the second quarry one will find a ramp which brings you to a ridge that directs itself west toward the summit. We didn't need to put on snowshoes until about 2,900' elevation. The snow conditions are wonderful with a firm crust at higher elevations. It was easier to approach the summit from about 300' west of when one initially reaches the summit block. The final two hundred feet of gain are on rocky walls with good handholds. We left the car at 8:30AM and reached the top right at our turn around time of 2:00PM. Our descent was simply to drop down as quickly as possible to FS Road 6030 as we didn't want to turn on our headlamps unless absolutely necessary. We reached our car at 4:20PM having lost the 4,200' in 2hrs 10min. The previous writeup for this peak speaks about the horrible second growth forest one must go through to reach the easier slopes above. I have been through much worse forest conditions than today (Anderson Creek drainage for example). Don't let the second growth and slash beneath frighten you away from this great view of the Skykomish Valley and Index Peaks to the west.

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