With a day of clear, sunny skies forecast on a Sunday in late September, I prepared my day pack, and set out with an early morning start, with optimistic hopes of bagging a summit. It was about a two and a half hour drive from my home in Surrey, south along I-5 to Hwy #20 near Sedro Wooley, and then east to Newhalem. I turned left in Newhalem (immediately after crossing Goodell Creek) onto a paved road, and then immediately left again at a T-intersection. This road takes you up Goodell Creek a short distance, and a right hand uphill branch leads to a reserved group campground (approximately 2 kilometers in). There was parking at the very end of this road for about 4 or 5 cars (you actually drive through the small campground). I parked beside another vehicle with Washington plates, noting that the campground was completely empty.
I left my vehicle at around 7:45 AM and headed back along the road slightly into the camping area, where I immediately took a left, through a camping spot and located a trail. This is a connector trail which leads to an old road bed and trail, which in turn heads up Goodell Creek. This follows the creek bed for a short distance and gradually works its way, away from the creek. The trail was a bit bushy in places, but easy to follow. After about 4 miles of relatively little elevation gain, I came across a fire ring on the trail, and a small arrow made of rocks pointing to a side trail, which branches uphill to the... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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