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Slate Peak (7440'/2268m) summit [3]

View from the summit plateau of Slate Peak (elev. 7,440) near the Pasayten Wilderness near Mazama, Washington, formerly a bit higher until the summit was reduced & used as a military post by the US Air Force during the Cold War.  Views of the jagged peaks of the North Cascades to the west, including nearby Jack Mountain, Mount Baker, parts of the Picket Range, & a great view of the Neve Glacier (Snowfield Peak).  The east side is further into the Pasayten Wilderness w/ Robinson Mountain behind the fire lookout.  Directly north is the Pasayten Valley, a classic glacial u-shape valley.  Bill & Heather, along w/ their son, are at the base of the lookout & were visiting from Juneau, Alaska, taking in the sites of the fall colors & larches.  Bill, an avalanche specialist, tours areas around Alaska & Japan.  A fire lookout adorns the top, built in 1956 & now off limits w/ instability.  The site formerly housed a cupola fire lookout built in 1924 before being removed by the US Air Force.  The ground is indeed a mixture of slate, nearby was a cool fossil sand wave formation.


I had visited this site in September 2013 but had limited foggy views around, plus a freak thunderstorm during the night that almost washed out the road at a narrow sketchy section below, which I barely bypassed.  I'm glad I returned four years later on a sunny day, it is quite picturesque & being on the east side away from Seattle population helped make it rather quiet w/ few visitors.  The summit has a fantastic view w/ adjacent trails, plus as a perk the road is the highest in Washington state.  Driving down I met two guys who had just finished the Pacific Crest Trail after five months, coming back down to Harts Pass from the Canada border.  Joey was the name of the first guy, I can't remember the name of the other but he was from Hong Kong.  I had given Joey a ride back down to Mazama (Bill & Heather took the other guy down) where they met back up w/ fellow hikers of the trail before taking a bus back down to the Bay Area.  From there I refueled up & drove back to Rainy Pass where I would climb up Black Peak the following day.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 29998x14999
Taken: 08/03/2018
Uploaded: 08/03/2018
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: slate peak; summit; fire lookout; tower; washington; north cascades; national park; wwii; world war 2; radar; site; mount lago; robinson mountain; silver star mountain; jack mountain; neve glacier; snowfield peak; mount baker; picket range; pasayten wilderness; valley
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