Miller Peak

Monday, September 2, 2002 (Labor Day):

We head to Miller Peak; a mountain in the central cascades...North of Cle Elum, West of Blewett pass, South of Stevens pass.  Not too far from Mount Stuart.

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PICT0702: The trailhead at 3200 FASL.  We didn't actually take the Iron Bear Trail, but that trail shares a common parking lot with the Miller Peak trail.

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PICT0704: Our first rest stop -- Miller Creek -- 2 miles down the trail at 4000 FASL.  This is close to the last water source on the trail.

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PICT0705: Our second rest stop at 5200 FASL.  We saw the beginnings of some nice views.  There was sun overhead, blue sky to the east, and dark cloudy skies to the west.  Despite the clouds, some peaks to the west were still visible.

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PICT0706: Harley at the second rest stop.

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PICT0709: From the second rest stop (5200 FASL), I thought this might be the summit.  *Bzzt*  Miller Peak is about a half mile above and beyond the pile of rocks in this picture.

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PICT0710: We made it to the top!  6500 FASL.  3300 elevation gain in about 5 miles.  I don't think Buddy wanted to go any farther anyway.

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PICT0711: Buddy and the northern skyline.

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PICT0712: Buddy and the western skyline.  Three Brothers is clear to see in this picture...another hike I'd like to try sometime.

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PICT0714: Looking Southwest down the trail.

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PICT0715: Buddy and Harley on Miller Peak.  Looking South.

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PICT0716: That pointy mountain sticking into the clouds to the left of the dogs is Navaho Peak, 7100 FASL.

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PICT0717: You can see some of the Stuart range mountains (one of Washington's few non-volcanic mountain ranges).

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PICT0718: Buddy looking hike he did something wrong...

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PICT0742: Harley, Buddy, and the Southwestern skyline.

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pana0: A 360+ degree panoramic stitchup.

It was very windy at the top.  I'll admit it; I was a bit cold.  It was probably 55F with 30 MPH sustained winds and gusts to 50 MPH.  VERY windy.  Almost as windy as the Mt. St. Helens trip.  Fortunately not nearly as cloudy.

Click here to download a 60 second movie from the top of Miller Peak.  It's a large download (11M).

 

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PICT0747: Back at the trailhead.  The weather forecast was for rain in the morning and mostly sunny skies in the afternoon/evening.  It was 180 degrees wrong.  The morning was sunny and warm.  It started raining at 7PM, about 5 minutes before we reached the truck.

I thought this was a very nice hike.  I'll probably try it again on a sunny and clear day.