Eye Candy on Chair Peak: A Beautiful Winter Hike

Trip Stats:
Location
North Cascades, Washington
Elevation Gain
10,285 feet
Distance
41 miles
Days Out
3
Rating
Must Go!
Who Came
Eric Darsow and I
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This Trip Report is more of a Eye Candy Report. Enjoy! 😀
It was a Wednesday Morning when we arrived at the Alpental parking lot with semi cloudy views. The weather seemed questionable whether or not it would be a good day to see the surrounding mountains. But as always the adventure and the good company are always more important… but this time I was in for a bonus.

Path into the Woods
Path into the Woods

Sun Spot on the Trail
Sun Spot on the Trail

Misty Cliffs Above
Misty Cliffs Above

Looking Down the Valley
Looking Down the Valley

Morning from Alpental
Morning from Alpental


The hike started out as a nice gentle hike though snowy woods and then onto a skier track heading towards the base of Chair Peak. At the base of Chair Peak we put on our snowshoes and start heading around onto the Eastern side of Chair Peak. Originally Zephyr wanted to just check out the high point above Chair Peak, but the pathway we were traveling was too good to pass down.

Slope View to the East
Slope View to the East

Snow Lake Pass Below
Snowlake Pass Below

Southern Edge of Chair Peak
Southern Edge of Chair Peak

Mountains coming in View
Mountains coming in View

Walking out of the Woods
Walking out of the Woods



Ridges and Trees though the Mist
Ridges and Trees though the Mist



Guye Peak Covered in Clouds
Guye Peak Covered in Clouds


Once we got onto the ridge we decided to take a break and enjoy the lifting clouds over the mountains while having lunch. My fingers just could not resist capturing the moment.

View to the South
View to the South

Chair Peak Finally in View
Chair Peak Finally in View

Approaching Chair Peak
Approaching Chair Peak

Chair Peak s East Face
Chair Peak's East Face

Looking down on Zephyr
Looking down on Zephyr

Bryant Peak during Winter
Bryant Peak during Winter

Zephyr in a Winter Wonderland
Zephyr in a Winter Wonderland

Yours Truely with Chair Peak
Yours Truely with Chair Peak

Snow Ridge and Mountains Rising Above
Snow Ridge and Mountains Rising Above



Our Pathway up Chair Peak
Our Pathway up Chair Peak


The slope ahead looked a little steep until we got onto it. Zephyr and I were very excited as we hike along what appeared to be a cornice but was actually a snow ridge that gave a beautiful illusion of one. Looking up on the right of Chair Peak it seemed as though I could get about 800 feet from the summit which is much better than we had anticipated.

Ice Climbing the North Face
Ice Climber on the North Face

The First Pitch of the North Face
First Pitch of the North Face

Snow Lumps with Contrasting Light
Contrasting Snowy Lumps

Looking Down Chair Peak
Looking Down Chair Peak

Chair Peak Rising though the Clouds
Chair Peak Rising though the Clouds

Beautiful Cornices on Chair Peak
Beautiful Cornices on Chair Peak

Whisping Cloud on Chair Peak
Whisping Cloud on Chair Peak


The snow then became very wind blown making it a lot easier to travel though the snow. A while later we made it to a high point on the North side of Chair Peak and called it a day. Certainly a good day out.

Overcoat Peak above the Clouds
Overcoat above the Clouds

Looking Down on Snow Lake
Looking Down on Snow Lake

Wright Mountain Below
Wright Mountain Below

Zephyr Heading Out
Zephyr Heading Out

Ice Climbing near Alpental
Ice Climbing near Alpental



Mount Stuart Above the Clouds
Mount Stuart Above the Clouds


McClellan Butte s East Face
McClellan Butte's East Face