Type: Trad, Snow, Alpine
FA: Unknown. 1860s likely.
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Shared By: Blitzo on Nov 4, 2006 with updates from tsherry
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This is the easiest route on the mountain. It follows gentle snow/pumice slopes.
From timberline on road N81, follow an old road into a basin which becomes a trail on the left skyline ridge.
Follow this ridge to a flat area known as the "Lunch Counter". Climb up slopes due north to the false summit(11,700'). Cross the divide to the true summit.


From Trout Lake, take Forestry road N81 to Timberline Campground.


Ice axe, crampons optional.
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gram   Salt Lake City, UT  
This is a terrific ski descent for those so inclined. The snow is often not great from the summit to the false summit, but from the false summit you can get thousands of feet of great moderate corn skiing. Someone determined could probably skin the whole thing, bt i switched to crampons a few hundred feet below the false summit. Jan 17, 2007
Definitely climb this route before the end of June. I've done it late season as well when all the snow has melted off, and it's hell on the knees. Mid-June seems to be pretty good for road access and for spring snow conditions. But it all depends on the winter snowfall. Apr 16, 2007
  Easy Snow
  Easy Snow
An easy hike and a quick, fun glissade down. Aug 25, 2010
Seattle, WA
truello   Seattle, WA
Has anyone done this route in early spring? I'd like to try it at the end of March but am not quite sure what to expect in terms of road closures (to cold springs), ice, snowpack, glissading, etc...

[edit] Talked to a ranger in Feb, said there's ~4 feet of snow on the road in. Feb 7, 2011
For an added challenge, Start at the Snipes Mountain Trailhead. Considered the extended-winter route, since it adds an extra 5 miles round-trip and an extra couple 1000'. It was the only option in early May this year[2013] due to wildfires last fall. Lunch counter was empty for camping mid-May, but the forecast was supposed to be much worse than it was, and we saw 15°F windchill there... Bring a stove for everybody, as melting snow took us 2 hours for about 8L using only two stoves. Sep 3, 2013
Portland, OR
tsherry   Portland, OR
We climbed in July. Had splitter weather, so it was a pretty casual hike. We did it in one push, which I definitely recommend. Everyone carrying heavy packs looked miserable. Light is right. Aug 14, 2016