Cashmere Peak Attempt, February 6, 2016
Eric and Duncan
A rare sunny weekend was forecast, so Duncan and I left Seattle at 5am Saturday morning heading for the Enchantment area. We parked the truck on Icicle Creek road and started up gated forest service approach road at 9am. Duncan skinned up with skis, and I was snowshoeing with my skis strapped to my pack and ski boots inside. It made for a heavy pack, but would hopefully be worth it on the descent.
We left the road a few miles in, hiking on old ski tracks up the trail to Cashmere. We followed a valley southwest for a while, and left the ski tracks as we ascended slopes to Lake Caroline. It was 3pm by the time we hit the lake, and Cashmere Peak appeared to be an additional hour or more farther. We were a bit nervous to be backcountry skiing in the dark, and in hindsight should have gotten an earlier start. So, to ski back in the light we turned around at the lake and made it back to the truck by 7:30pm.