Castle and Pinnacle - Tatoosh Backup Trip
Started the day with grand plans to go up to Van Trump Park leaving at 5:30 AM, but with the warm weather we bailed a little over an hour in after crossing across one to many steep slopes with already soft snow below avalanche chutes down low for our comfort level (unsure how snow conditions would be for overhead danger and triggering wet loose into the creek in the afternoon).
Back up for the day was getting into the Tatoosh Range to do some runs near Castle and Pinnacle. On the false summit of Castle, had glorious views of Rainier, Helens, Adams, and Hood! Good corn around 11 am on the southeast aspect of Castle. Waited for things to soften up on the north facing bowls. Did north facing runs from Castle saddle at 12 and the Pinnacle-Castle saddle around 1 hitting a steeper chute back down to reflection lake. Snow was firmer corn, but still fun! The S-SW face below pinnacle looked like it would be a whole lot of fun.