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Lingering snow on the summit block of Mount Margaret near Tampa.
ELEVATION: Tampa map 5883 ft, with 2600 ft vertical gain plus 300 ft with Mount Margaret.
DISTANCE: 5 mi to the Tampa saddle; 6 5 mi to the summit 11/2 mi round-trip; 14 mi round-trip with Tampa.
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DURATION: 2V hours to the Mount Whittier-Mount Margaret saddle, up to another hour to the summit, 5-7 hours round-trip; 6-8 hours round-trip with Mount Margaret.
DIFFICULTY: Mix of strenuous for Mount Margaret (gently graded, obvious, more difficult with snow covering steeper slopes near saddle with Mount Whittier) and very challenging for Mount Whittier (nearly impossible with too much snow/ice covering a very thin section of trail along a cliff band under the summit block, ice axe and crampons recommended before late summer otherwise mostly navigable with care, narrow rocky ridgeline, steep, fairly solid, some exposure near peak, Class 3).
TRIP REPORT: Less frequented but wonderfully captivating to more advanced hikers, with its relatively easy late summer access and equally easy to access TH, is this prodigal summit. Check ahead as always for road and trail conditions (www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/alerts-notices/? cid=fseprd492501). Northwest Forest Pass required, and an outhouse is present.
TRAILHEAD: Norway Pass TH. See hike 11 for directions.