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North Face of The Mole T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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A long approach, offering unique views of the Icicle River valley and The Enchatments, makes The Mole and The Shrew worthwhile destinations. The rock quality is quite good, but don’t be scared of a little moss on the North Face of the Mole. (After a few more accents that route will be AMAZING!)

Getting There

Park in the alphabet rock parking lot, then cross the bridge and head to Hook Creek Boulder. Pass hook creek boulder on the right and proceed up the drainage on an established trail to Yellow Jacket Tower. At this point take a right to a less traveled trail and head up through an amazingly beautiful boulder field.

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matt huston
Seattle, WA
matt huston   Seattle, WA
Climbed the South Face of The Mole this weekend. (South Face is listed in Nelson's guide.) Great climb! Approach via Hook Creek is very gnarly and is not your typical steep, "climbers's path" approach. From Yellowjacket Tower, expect several thousand feet of frustrating thrashing through deadfall from 1990's fires. We are good at sniffing out subtle approach routes and found nothing in Hook Creek drainage. Once you are at the cirque boulder field a 500 feet below The Mole, things improve. We opted to descend the Tokotie Lake approach rather than repeat. I've been on the Tokotie route twice, so know the way, but that was before the fires. Fires have made this route much more challenging and at times near-impossible to follow (deadfall and new-growth brush obscure the route in many places). Recommendation: do The Mole via Hook Creek in the spring when snow covers all the gnarlyness. Jul 17, 2017

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