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Thomas Mountain - 5269'
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
13+ 3000' route
Map: GT - Lake Kachess #208
Season: winter

With poor weather forecast west we opted for an east side trip and a chance for better conditions.  Hex Mtn turned out to have little snow and too much mud, so we back-tracked to Thomas, which only one of us had done.  We crossed Silver Creek on the sturdy little bridge and followed an abondoned road south and then back to a point just northwest of Pt. 4291 on Easton Ridge.  We should have stayed on the trail and climbed more or less directly up slope to the junction.  We did descent this way.  From the junction we kept the cliffs on our left we tracked upward to Pt. 4942. Heading north from there, we dropped 200', gained the south ridge and climbed about 400' to the summit.

  March 25, 2007      
Near trail junction  
Kachess Lake  
Kachess Ridge
Below Pt. 4942  
To the summit  
Just below the summit
Kurt & me  
Kurt & Lisa  
A break in the clouds  
Curtains of snow  
Finally some sun  
Cle Elum Lake
Heading back  
Easton Ridge  
Mt. Baldy & Domerie Ridge  
Kachess Lake
At the junction
Route Map

Drive I-90 east over Snoqualmie Pass and get off on Exit 70. Turn left under the freeway, then left on the frontage road (Sparks Rd.) to Forest Service Road No. 4818. Drive past the power lines and take an unsigned road east (right) and follow to a parking area and the trailhead for Kachess Riadge Trail #1315 on the left.  To the right a path leads to Silver Creek, walk upstream 50 yards to a bridge over the creek and pick-up the trail on the other side..
Directions as above except that Forest Road 4818 is blocked less than 100 yards from Sparks Road.  Park here and walk the roads as above.

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