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Steep Winter Scramble + Camping, Cave Ridge Overnight

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The weather is forecast to be exceptional this weekend, so let’s head up and spend the night on Cave Ridge between Guye and Snoqualmie peaks. Camp will be around 5000 Feet elevation on snow with hopes of fantastic views. There is a steep snowy scramble all the way to basecamp, and we will optionally “dayhike” scramble to one or both of the peaks as well.

I've Cross-posted this event with an artificially low attendee limit to manage the signup process. This trip would work well for 3-6 attendees.

The Plan: Meet at the park and ride at 9:00 am, then carpool to the Alpental “snow lake” hikers lot on Snoqualmie pass. Ascend the steep snowy hillside to Cave Ridge, which runs between Guye and Snoqualmie peaks. There are several areas we can camp, our choice will optimize our view and comfort. From there we can “dayhike” ascend either Snoqualmie or Guye peak to catch sunset if we still feel ambitious, before returning to our 5000 ft basecamp for a campfire and sleep. Sunday morning we’ll have Pancake breakfast, and potentially ascend Guye or Snoqualmie before packing it up, descending, and heading home. It should be a great trip!

**Note on Difficulty** This is a Moderate/Advanced overnight winter outing. In the winter there is no trail. Because the terrain is steep and mistakes cost extra in winter, previous scrambling and winter camping experience is required. Crampons, Ice axe, and winter gear are required. A shovel and Snow shoes may be necessary/useful depending on conditions. I have plenty of equipment to lend, just ask if you need something. Although it's not a long hike, it's very steep and snowy/icy/rocky all the way with some rock fields and loose footing.