2017-06-18 Sauk Mountain

Distance: 3.65 mi.
Elevation Gain: 1842 ft.

We were itching to get outside, so opted for this hike on a rainy, foggy day. We started at 10:30 AM and the road wasn’t quite melted out to the trailhead which added maybe a quarter mile to our hike.

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The TH had the cutest privy ever! Just FYI.

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The trail up to the ridge was mostly melted out but there were a few snow patches. This is a very steep slope, so we pulled out our ice axes for even brief crossings.

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From the ridge up, there was still quite a bit of snow. We crossed a small basin and then crossed another rock band, turning sharp left in order to approach the summit.

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We followed a good boot path on a pretty steep snow slope east of the ridge. We wouldn’t have crossed it without axes because a slip would have been very high consequence. We got back on rock, where the trail was once again visible, and we reached the old lookout site at 11:45 AM. We didn’t try to do the true summit, which requires a slab scramble, because the rock was all wet.

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On the return trip it was a little more challenging to cross those small snow patches on the trail going downhill. We even downclimbed one patch facing inward (with helmets and ice axes of course). This is a bit of a riskier trip for late spring/early summer, and a woman fell and died there shortly after our hike.

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Gear Used:

  • Aluminum ice axe
  • Gaiters
  • GPS
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Trekking poles

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