McDonald Peak Trip

Here are photos from a backpacking trip that Josh, Emily and I did from July 10-12, 2002.  We followed the Kakashe Ridge and then slowly worked our way north and east towards McDonald Peak.  After climbing McDonald Peak, we hiked cross-country to Lucifer Lake and then down the Mission Falls Trail back to Mission Dam.

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Emily and Josh taking a break on Kakashe Ridge (about 3 hours into the hike). The South Fork of Mission Creek flowing out of Snyelmn Lake can be seen in the background.

 

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Emily traversing beneath Kakashe

 

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Looking south towards the Garden Wall

 

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Emily and I

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First glimpse of McDonald Peak

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Josh and I

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Camp 1

The first day of the hike we spent 10 hours and 41 minutes on the trail.  We ascended 5,230 feet and descended 1,180 feet.  Our lowest point was at 7:43 a.m. at 3,225 feet (the trail head at Mission Dam) and our highest point was at 4:23 p.m. at 7,792 feet.

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A lonely elk

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Emily looking north towards McDonald Lake

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So close, but yet so far away…

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Quite happy @ 9,820 feet

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Grizzly Bear tracks on the summit of McDonald Peak!

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The hike back down

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Emily

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Emily and I hiking to camp 2

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Emily and I

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Camp 2. Half-way between McDonald Peak and Lucifer Lake.

On day 2 we hiked for 9 hours and 47 minutes.  We ascended 3,120 feet and descended 3,760 feet.  Our highest point, McDonald Peak at 9,820, was achieved at 12:36 p.m. and our lowest point was 7,080 feet.

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Lucifer Lake

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Emily and I with Elizabeth and Mission Falls in the background

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Brewskies at the trailhead. Thanks dad!

On the final day of our trip we hiked for 4 hours and 56 minutes.  We ascended 630 feet and descended 3,800 feet.  Our highest point of the day was 7,080 feet (camp 2) and our lowest point was 3,225 feet (the trail head).

~ by snyelmn on November 6, 2008.

 
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