A few months ago I was looking at maps with snowshoe destinations in mind and I spotted Windy Mountain (5,386) near Stevens Pass. A few days later Carla and Yana made an ascent of it and I thought I might follow in their footsteps soon. Other trips happened and I figured it might be too late in the year to mount a reasonably brush free ascent. Then I saw Matt, Eric and Eric’s trip report and decided to follow in their footsteps the following weekend.
With Jasper in the lead, we headed up from the caboose. We had much better weather than the other groups and managed to find an only moderately annoying route through the brush and hit snow about 3,600′. Matt, Eric and Eric’s tracks were still visible most of the way and we made relatively good time to the top of Windy Mountain. We had sun but little to no wind. Lunches were eaten and Jasper took a short nap while I collected photographic evidence of our summit.
A point to the north-northeast labeled Pt. 5,383 on the map actually looked higher and with good weather and a relatively easy ridge walk ahead of us we made an ascent of it. The final bit kept going but eventually we topped out on a point that was definitely higher than Windy Mountain. Looking back at the GPS track we actually went past Pt. 5,383 to a point inside the 5,400 foot contour. Bonus summit!
The descent was mostly uneventful. We headed slightly east on the Iron Goat trail to the Windy Point overlook before heading back to the trailhead caboose and then back home.
Photographic documentation: Windy Mountain and Pt. 5,383; May 20, 2011