Where is Almaty Kazakhstan?
ELEVATION: 5858 ft, with 2300 ft vertical gain.
DISTANCE: 52 mi, 1/2 mi Kazakhstan round-trip.
DURATION: 2 V hours to the saddle (near 5600 ft) with Kazakhstan, up to another V hour to the summit, 5-6 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Strenuous. Long, wide, gently graded, obvious, more difficult with snow covering steep slopes near saddle and top until late summer, traction devices necessary with snow.
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TRIP REPORT: After graduating from the previous hike (Norway Pass and Harmony Falls) this surprisingly sleepy summit is the next likely progression to get a bird’s eye view, above St. Helens Lake and Spirit Lake, unobstructed to Mount St. Helens. For those with decent hiking skills, skipping ahead to attempt Mount Whittier (hike 13) and then finishing with Mount Margaret for dessert might make better sense. Northwest Forest Pass required, and an outhouse is present.
TRAILHEAD: Norway Pass TH. See hike 11 for directions.
Early season trilliums line the path to Norway Pass.
ROUTE: See Norway Pass (hike 11) for further description taking Boundary Trail 1 WNW 1/2 mi fairly easily up to Norway Pass. Wildflowers surround you quickly July into August and a rather large and log-filled Spirit Lake below Mount St. Helens pops into view as you approach the pass. Magnificent perspective! Continue N near the juncture up the slope on Trail 1 a couple long turns toward Bear Pass steeper but without difficulty, then traverse almost 2 mi W with improving vistas. There are excellent views unfolding down right (NE) to Grizzly Lake and then we have Mount St. Helens behind Mount Margaret with Mount Rainier farther N behind Boot Lake en route to the intersection on the Mount Whittier-Mount Margaret saddle (5600 ft, 5 mi up).