Mount Daniel

Roslyn, Washington

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Mount Daniel ’s massive, gently sloping shoulders support acres of snow ideally suited for ski touring and snowboarding. Its main drawback is the lack of convenient access; Cle Elum River Road is snow-covered late into spring. The trick to making Mount Daniel a successful tour is to get there just when the road melts out, or to hire a snowmobile operator to give you a lift to the trailhead. An occasional obstacle blocking the last 3 miles of road is the Scatter Creek crossing, which becomes impassable when meltwater rushing across the road is too deep to drive through. Bring a towrope, in case you get stuck. (Or, better yet, examine the situation before you commit!) This tour is a leisurely overnighter, but can be an athletic day trip. Take ice axes and crampons. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel; routefinding required; permit/fee area.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Daniel ’s massive, gently sloping shoulders support acres of snow ideally suited for ski touring and snowboarding. Its main drawback is the lack of convenient access; Cle Elum River Road is snow-covered late into spring. The trick to making Mount Daniel a successful tour is to get there just when the road melts out, or to hire a snowmobile operator to give you a lift to the trailhead.

An occasional obstacle blocking the last 3 miles of road is the Scatter Creek crossing, which becomes impassable when meltwater rushing across the road is too deep to drive through. Bring a towrope, in case you get stuck. (Or, better yet, examine the situation before you commit!) This tour is a leisurely overnighter, but can be an athletic day trip. Take ice axes and crampons. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel; routefinding required; permit/fee area.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Roslyn
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Best April to June
Trailhead Elevation: 3,350 feet
Top Elevation: 7,899 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Daniel, The Cradle
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Daniel

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Apr 2018