Alright, I've finally decided to start writing up some of my TR's. This last year has been a good one for me with snowboard descents of Rainier, Adams, Red Mtn OR, and many other fun, smaller peaks. Sunday was a fun adventure up Jim Hill Mountain, just E of Stevens Pass. The Burgdorfer book suggests a route up toward Lanham Lake and then traversing E to the ridge and up to the top of Jim Hill. When we were leaving the Nordic Center the host told us he'd summited 6 times via Henry Creek and that it's a much easier route then the one we had planned. We foolishly ignored his advice and followed the group of 6 heading up the Lanham Lake route. The route to the lake was very easy and straight forward.
The route from the lake to the ridge? That's a different story. 1300' of steep vertical through big trees. Lots of switch backs, many as short as 15 feet before turning. We traversed right to left up to a saddle that is just left of the picture. The face we were going to ride is on the other side of that ridge.
We headed up the ridge and stopped short of the summit about 200' as we'd hit our turn around time.
This is what we had in front of us. A few tracks down the face but plenty left for us.
Conrad and Konrad, the skier duo I was with, dropped first, making high speed arcing turns through about 6-8" of super light pow. I jumped off a small cornice and rode down quickly to join them. We rode down the normal slide path through the small trees and to the bottom of the natural funnel. The snow was 8" deep of super light, fun pow.
We stayed high to the left until we met the Henry Creek skin track and found HWY 2 again. There were 3 or 4 places to unstrap and one-foot up the skin track, but it was pretty brief. A quick ride up the road and we were done. Great area and can't wait to go back and take the faster approach.
Nice report. If using the logging road, the best place to park is one mile east of the Stevens Nordic center near the train tunnel entrance facility. Great tour with supportable snow. Good light. Hindsight says 2PM was too early to turn around. We should have taken an hour to traverse the bowl, skin to the notch and summit. Gaining the ridge had me feeling lazy. Is this TR gonna make it to TAY?