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Backcountry skiing photos from Hawkins Mountain, Cle Elum River, Washington
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This is a gallery of backcountry skiing photos which appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. Thumbnail images on this page can be clicked to view the full-sized photos, and lead into a slide show sequence for the gallery. The photos are from a spring backcountry skiing trip to Hawkins Mountain, situated between the Cle Elum River and Teanaway River in the central Washington Cascade Mountains.
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from May 24, 2004:
Hawkins Mountain, Cle Elum River,
Wentachee National Forest, Washington, May 14, 2004

Booting the bare slope
Booting the bare slope
Skinning the ridge
Skinning the ridge
View of skiing runs on Hawkins Mountain
View of skiing runs on
Hawkins Mountain
Mt. Stuart from Hawkins Mountain
Mt. Stuart from
Hawkins Mountain
Mt. Daniel from Hawkins Mountain
Mt. Daniel from
Hawkins Mountain
Andy skiing Hawkins Mountain west slope
Andy skiing Hawkins
Mountain west slope
Matt on west slope
Matt on west slope
Matt on west slope
Matt on west slope
Charles skiing Hawkins Mountain west slope
Charles skiing Hawkins
Mountain west slope
Kevin on west slope
Kevin on west slope
Matt skiing Hawkins Mountain west slope
Matt skiing Hawkins
Mountain west slope
Andy on west slope
Andy on west slope
Kevin skiing Hawkins Mountain west slope
Kevin skiing Hawkins
Mountain west slope
Skinning for another run
Skinning for another run
Andy skiing gully run
Andy skiing gully run
Kevin skiing gully run
Kevin skiing gully run
Kevin skiing gully run
Kevin skiing gully run
Charles skiing gully run
Charles skiing gully run
Matt skiing gully run
Matt skiing gully run
Kevin skiing gully run
Kevin skiing gully run
Andy skiing gully run
Andy skiing gully run
Kevin skiing the forested ridge
Kevin skiing the forested ridge
Feast and ritual
Feast and ritual
Ahhhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhhh


Photos by Matt Depies and Charles Eldridge

Associated trip report: Four of us (Charles, Matt, Kevin and I (Andy)) climbed and skied Hawkins Mountain friday. We used the approach recommended by John Morrow in his trip report of May 1. Parked the car at the end of the spur road heading up Camp Creek about a half mile in from the Cle Elum River road (3370'). No snow in sight at this point. Climbed the steep west facing slope of the southern ridge above Camp Creek in open forest to about 4600' where we were able to start skinning. Toured along this narrowing, northerly curving ridge on firm snow till we reached the south rib of Hawkins Mountain and booted up on snow just west of the rib. On the summit at about 1:30. Great views up the Cle Elum River valley of Mt. Hinman and Mt. Daniel. Clouds kept moving in to block the sun and we were wondering if the snow would soften sufficiently for the ski down. Had lunch and discussed the state of the world till about 3:00, then geared up to ski the west face of Hawkins. This slope is moderately steep (~35 deg.) and open with small clumps of trees. On this day the snow was about an inch of corn on a firm base and utterly smooth....perfect. A great 1300' run was had by all. We then toured back up to the ridge to about 6500' and did another run down a west facing gully including a narrow and steep section of snow. The snow made heroes of us all. Then back up to the ridge and a fun ski through forest to the end of the snow, followed by a toe smashing but mercifully short hike back down the steep face. No snow instability issues noted. A great day with great company marred only by Matt doing the unthinkable: spilling his hard earned Guinness back at the car.
   Andy

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