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North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Colonial Peak, Northeast Gully, East Ridge

Colonial Peak, Northeast Gully, East Ridge. On July 5, Scott Mason-holder and I left Colonial Creek Campground and hiked up the new 1½-mile trail which follows Colonial Creek on the left side. Leaving the trail, we followed a dry creek bed which led to a steep brush and forest climb to the base of the north face. A snow gully on the northeast face was climbed for about 1000 feet averaging 40° to 45°. From the top of the gully the east ridge was followed to the summit. Several ridge blocks were avoided by traversing on the south side of the ridge. The ascent of this new route took about 9 hours and involved class 2 and 3 rock.

Dallas Kloke