June 29, 2008 with Mystic Lake way low. Mount Hague is the high point on the skyline.
Equinox Tower is part of the ridge leading to the summit of Mount Hague.
From the Mystic Lake trailhead it is 8.71 miles to the summit of Mount Hague with an elevation gain of about 6,078 feet. That does not consider switchbacks and other variations from a straightline that add actual distance and elevation gain to the hike.
This is a photograph looking west from the big Cairn near the top of the switchbacks on the Phantom Creek Trail leading to the Froze to Death Plateau, looking across Mystic Lake to the northwest. Mount Hague is the high point on the horizon. The black line illustrates my approximate route. There is no established trail from Island Lake on up.
This is a photograph looking east from the other side of Island Lake at the Froze to Death Plateau. The low point in the Plateau is the site of the preceding photograph. Hague is out of the frame to the left (North). Island Lake is in foreground and Mystic further down.
This is the topographic profile of the route from the trailhead to the summit of Mount Hague.
This photograph is taken from several miles to the South of Mount Hague -- to the South of Granite Peak, in fact. It shows the Froze to Death Plateau and the start of the East Ridge of Granite Peak in the foreground with Mount Wood on the center highline and Mount Hague to the left. The Lake in the foreground is Avalanche Lake below the North Face of Granite Peak.
This photograph is from a similar vantage point to the south of Granite Peak, looking across Granite Peak at Mount Wood in the center of the skyline and Mount Hague to the left (West).
Left to right: Mystic Mountain, Star Lake, Mount Wilse, Iceberg Peak, Sawtooth Mountain
Storm Mountain on right and Little Park Mountain on left
Iceberg Peak and Sawtooth Mountain
Island Lake with Little Park Mountain and Storm Mountain
Up the ridge above Island Lake
Above tree line after we gain the ridge with Granite Peak on the far horizon
John high on the ridge with Mystic Lake below
Tempest and Granite Peak
Equinox Tower from higher on the ridge
Froze to Death
Lower Froze to Death with Equinox Tower in foreground
John on the Hague summit
A finger of a rock tower on the north side of Mount Wood
Iceberg and Sawtooth