Friday October 5 – Keep Kool Trail – The Keep Kool Trail (#699) was begun as an old prospectors route to reach claims around the tarns below Yellow Aster Butte. Several years ago the old trail was “abandoned” by the Forest Service after the Tomyhoi Lake/Gold Run Pass/Yellow Aster Butte Trail was built.
It starts at 2960 feet and tops out at about 5500 after 2.8 miles (5.6 miles RT). It begins gently on an abandoned logging road (with some nice views of Shuksan and Baker) and then steeply ascends gaining 1200 feet in the first mile followed by a wooded plateau at about 4000’. Then it repeats the steep-and-level grades a couple more times before it curves around to a lovely, open meadow at 4700’ with great views of the surrounding mountains before the last steep push up to the little lakes at the base of Yellow Aster Butte and Mount Tomyhoi.
George led this hike in mid June but the snow prevented them from reaching the top. This is a strenuous hike. Be prepared, as George stated in his trip report, to clamber over/under/through some downed trees and cope with steep inclines (hiking poles recommended).
Since this a hike into the MB Wilderness, the trip will be limited to the first ten people that send Jennie and Steve an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Two mile travel on gravel FS roads. Suggested $5 carpool fee.