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SATT: Second Annual Silver Abiel Tinkham Traverse
Silver. Abiel. Tinkham. Three scramble-able peaks in close proximity. Last summer was the first time to tackle all three in one trip, and it's high time for a lovely repeat! Read the entire description, answer the sign-up question, and hop on the wait list to be added to this group. This loop hike / scramble starts and ends near the PCT trailhead, with access to Mirror Lake. From there, we have about a mile of primitive Forest Service road to follow. * Silver Peak * At the end of the road, we continue west following the King/Kittitas County line, crossing talus slopes and tree bands, until we gain the northern ridge of Silver Peak. We then turn south, following the rocky ridge and climbing the steep western slope on dusty boot path. Our reward is the 360-degree view from the summit of Silver Peak, elevation 5605 feet. Distance: 1.2mi Gain: ~1200ft Class: 2 * Abiel Peak * After a photo + snack break on Silver, we press on, following the more gentle trail to the south. After descending 600 feet or so, the trail flattens and turns east to connect with the PCT. Instead, we'll continue south and then west, contouring through meadows and open forest, to reach the primitive trail leading to our second objective. Climbing back up some 350 feet, this short section is steep at times. At 5365 feet, Abiel Peak is familiar to the many visitors of Annette Lake. Its cliffs tower some 1600 feet over the lake's southern shore. The reverse view we'll have looking down is equally impressive. Distance: 1mi Gain: ~400ft Class: 2-3 * Tinkham Peak * Once we catch our breath and explore the craggy summit of Abiel for a bit, we retrace our steps back to the east. We continue our counter-clockwise loop, contouring east and then southeast along the watershed boundary. A primitive track follows this signed boundary to the southeast, climbing at first gradually but then steeply up Tinkham Peak. Tinkham Peak has two summits. We'll reach the western of the two first, offering some impressively steep views down the northern cliffs of the peak. We'll take a nice snack break here and admire the rocky beauty of the summit. Then we'll stroll over to the eastern peak and find our route down. Distance: 0.8mi Gain: ~650ft Class: 3 * Mirror Lake * From the eastern summit of Tinkham, a well-trod boot path winds down to the southeast, leading to the southern shore of popular Mirror Lake. This marks the southern-most point of our loop and will give us a good opportunity to recover for the hike out. Last year, the only opportunity to refill water was at Mirror Lake, after we completed all three peaks. Since we're attempting this much earlier this year, there may be some opportunities to collect snow. I'll have my water filter; one or two more to share with the group will be helpful here. We then hop on the PCT and follow it back north all the way to the trailhead, a little over 3 miles distant. The forecast for Sunday is clear and sunny with light to moderate wind. High for the day on Silver Peak predicted to be in the mid to upper 60s. Plan for a moderate pace as the route allows - I'd like to get the boring road section over as quickly as possible. We'll spend most of our time off-trail on the scramble section. Navigation and route-finding will naturally slow the group. Pace up these steeper and more challenging sections will be slow, but steady. * Grading System * Class 0: Hiking on well-defined path Class 1: Non technical - Rough- or off-trail hiking. Generally hands are not needed, Might be steep Class 2: Non technical - Easy scrambling with occasional use of hands, typically for balance only Class 3: Non technical - Moderate scrambling. Hands and arms required to make progress, but hand/footholds are plentiful. May be exposed, but generally does not require a rope Class 4: Technical - Difficult scrambling. Hands and arms required to make progress, hand/foothold selection more difficult. Has short steep sections where the use of a rope may be advisable Class 5: Technical - Rock climbing. Climbing equipment is required * What to Bring * Some food and plenty of water (2-3 liters recommended) for the hike. Snacks and tasty beverage(s) for the summit(s). Hiking poles + microspikes. The summits and ridges should be clear, but expect firm snow to linger in the deeper forest. Clothing layers for warm, sunny conditions. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Light jacket / windbreaker recommended for summit rest stops. It's quite often blowing like mad on top of Silver Peak. Your version of the 10 essentials. Sturdy shoes for hiking and scrambling a dirt/rock route. Cheap pair of gardening gloves to protect against sharp rock or thorny plants. A keen sense of adventure. * Hike Stats * Class: 2-3 Distance: ~9 miles round trip Elevation gain: ~3800ft Highest point: 5605ft Challenges: Boulder / solid rock scrambling, navigation, some bushwhacking, patches of spring snow * Driving directions to TH * From the Park & Ride, take I-90 east to exit 54. Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp. Cross State Route 906; the road turns into Hyak Dr NE in 0.2 miles. Proceed on Hyak Dr NE until the paved road ends in 0.6 miles, where the road becomes FR-9070. Continue on FR-9070 for 4.4 miles, until you see the sign on the right for trail #1348 (Mount Catherine). Trail crossing for the PCT is 1/4mi farther. The access road to this trailhead can be rough and rocky, and parking is limited. We'll all carpool from the P&R to mitigate this.

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