Trailblazer | 3048 pts
I just snowboarded this route for the first time, but certainly not the last. When snow conditions are stable, this is one of the greatest and closest backcountry routes near Seattle. The hike up started in the forest then opened up to the rocky SW ridge. The west side was icy and worked best for the crampon crew, we stayed on the east side with snow soft enough to kick steps in. There is fire tower at the summit, but it provides no shelter from the wind since it sits high on posts. The descent was superb. We rode just west of the ridge then dropped into the avalanche gulch at treeline. The gulch was fun, but petered out at the top of a waterfall. Here we snowshoed down east of the fall and down all the way to the road. It required bushwacking, but took less than an hour. Most would rather head back down the trail at treeline or just below.