Wright Mountain and environs

WA Snoqualmie Pass
Posted by PS44 on 4/14/20 1:08pm

Trying out the new version of TAY website (thank you Pavel Dolezel!) with this report from times when the National Forest lands were still open (in March 2020).  In our back yard-ish Snoqualmie Pass zone, we set out to check the Wildcat Lakes via Gem Lake and Wright Mountain. However, while ascending the Wright Mountain, we found out that we won't be able to reach the Lower Wildcat Lake via the steep east-facing slopes of Wright Mountain because the terrain was wind loaded and seemed uncomfortably reactive, so we abandoned that notion. After enjoying the killer views from Wright Mountain, we skied down back to Gem Lake and as a consolation prize ascended the divide just west of it and then skied down the glades within the Lower Wildcat Lake drainage.  We then exited back to the south divide above Snow Lake via Holy Diver return route.

The snow on this day was a mix from windboard on exposed west-facing slopes to fantastic powder in sheltered locations.  Skiing down to Snow Lake and even back to Source Lake was super enjoyable.

Then it was time to return back to the sad reality in which the number of people infected with coronavirus kept rising every day, stay home orders were issued and mountains cloaked with that perfect snow were closed.

Hope to be back soon.

Crossing Gem Lake


Approaching the windloaded E side of Wright Mt


N-facing slope of Chair Peak (in background)


Mt. Caroline with the lake peeking below




Wow, what a great TR and pix, @PS44. Can't wait to get back out there again for some late spring skiing.

2020-04-14 21:28:06

Great photos. Looks like a nice day.

FWIW, this was posted today but doesn't show up in the TRs page, since it is associated with a date in year 1969. Maybe we should be sorting by newest post instead!

2020-04-15 11:45:23

Kamtron, the Trip Reports page sorts by date submitted.

However, by default it filters to year 2020, and since PS44 didn't include date, I'm assuming that's why it was not showing on your end. I have removed the default year filter so this should not happen again.

2020-04-15 12:04:22

Thanks for the quick fix!

2020-04-15 14:01:08

Nice trip. Cool photos!

2020-04-15 21:16:51

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2020-04-14 20:08:38