December 24, 2009

Lower Summit Lake

The Summit Lake area is the highest point on the Seward Highway, not the snowiest. Turnagain gets the award for snowfall, but Turnagain was wet at the road this morning, and I hoped Summit Lake with its 300 ft greater elevation would have a subfreezing temperature.

Summit Lake (Lower) snow was crunchy at the road, and a rain crust persisted for about 200 ft vertical. But, the snow was splendid at elevations above 1500 ft.

Following a skin track west from the road at the Lower Summit Lake turnout, I came upon Aaron from Anchor Point and his 4-legged companion, Stella. We were both rookies on this route, but we decided to push the ascent up to the exposed rocks on the ridge. The mountain hemlock glades held great snow, and this line is on the list to visit again.

No comments: